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Happy New Year from the Native American Journalists Association

Happy New Year from the Native American Journalists Association
Support Native American journalism with your end-of-year donation

MCN adopts free press legislation for Mvskoke Media

MCN adopts free press legislation for Mvskoke Media
Muscogee (Creek) Nation introduces protections for tribal media

SPJ, RTDNA and NAJA call for proposals for Excellence in Journalism 2016 conference in New Orleans Sept. 18-20

SPJ, RTDNA and NAJA call for proposals for Excellence in Journalism 2016 conference in New Orleans Sept. 18-20
Radio Television Digital News Association, Native American Journalists Association and Society of Professional Journalists now accepting program proposals for Excellence in Journalism 2016 through Jan. 27, 2016

NAJA to partner with SPJ, RTDNA for Excellence in Journalism Conference in 2016

NAJA to partner with SPJ, RTDNA for Excellence in Journalism Conference in 2016
The Native American Journalists Association will join the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) at the annual Excellence in Journalism Conference in New Orleans, Sept. 18-20, 2016.

NAJA announces 2015-2016 scholarship recipients

NAJA announces 2015-2016 scholarship recipients
Three Native American journalism students receive $1,000 scholarships

NAJA elects three new board members during 2015 National Native Media Conference

NAJA elects three new board members during 2015 National Native Media Conference
Begay announced as president; Pollard as vice president

NAJA issues statement on court’s decision to uphold cancellation of Washington NFL trademark registration

NAJA issues statement on court’s decision to uphold cancellation of Washington NFL trademark registration
Blackhorse to deliver keynote address at NAJA’s National Native Media Conference in Crystal City July 11

NAJA to elect three to board of directors July 11 during 2015 National Native Media Conference

NAJA to elect three to board of directors July 11 during 2015 National Native Media Conference
A candidate forum is set for Friday, July 10at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

In Remembrance of NAJA Founding Member Bonnie Clincher Red Elk

In Remembrance of NAJA Founding Member Bonnie Clincher Red Elk
We express our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the Fort Peck Journal editor.

Charlie LeDuff joins 2015 National Native Media Conference lineup, delivering featured remarks on opening evening

Charlie LeDuff joins 2015 National Native Media Conference lineup, delivering featured remarks on opening evening
NAJA will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Suzan Shown Harjo as opening evening speakers during 2015 National Native Media Conference

Denny McAuliffe selected as 2015 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award recipient

Denny McAuliffe selected as 2015 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award recipient
Native American Journalists Association will recognize The Washington Post editor for his contribution to Native journalism at the 2015 National Native Media Conference July 11 in Washington, D.C.

Amanda Blackhorse to give keynote address during 2015 National Native Media Conference in Washington, D.C.

Amanda Blackhorse to give keynote address during 2015 National Native Media Conference in Washington, D.C.
Native American Journalists Association and Native Public Media will co-host the 31st annual conference in Washington, D.C., July 9-12

UNITY hosts first regional summit in Indian Country

UNITY hosts first regional summit in Indian Country
American Horse School students and NAJA members gather at Pine Ridge for storytelling workshops

NAJA Urges Oglala Lakota To Lift Newspaper Ban

The Native American Journalists Association urges the Oglala Lakota Nation to lift the ban on Rapid City Journal sales on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

NAJA Board of Directors candidacy declarations due May 28

NAJA members to fill two vacancies for 3-year terms.

NAJA utilizing new membership system

NAJA membership renewal system now online

Native American free press advocate John Shurr dies at 67

Native American free press advocate John Shurr dies at 67
Native media community mourns the loss of John Shurr, a longtime NAJA member

MIJE President Dori J. Maynard dies at 56

MIJE President Dori J. Maynard dies at 56
Journalism community loses longtime diversity champion to lung cancer

NAJA calls for volunteers after Cheyenne Arapaho tribal complex fires

NAJA calls for volunteers after Cheyenne Arapaho tribal complex fires
NAJA is asking members in the region who are able, to consider volunteering during an upcoming community cleanup day to assist the newspaper staff in restoring their newsroom after Tuesday 's fire.

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NORMAN, Oklahoma — Bryan Pollard (Cherokee) resigned his seat on the Native American Journalists Association Board of Directors on Aug. 29, after being elected to a third term as president in July 2018. 

 Pollard will join NAJA in the new full-time staff position of director of programs and strategic partnerships, where he will oversee programming including annual conference training, awards, the Native American Journalism Fellowship (NAJF) and the RED Press Initiative.

 He will also be responsible for developing partnerships and assisting with fundraising, in accordance with the organization’s 2018-2020 strategic plan.

 Pollard joins NAJA after serving as the communications director and AmeriCorps VISTA Coordinator at the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas. Prior to joining the U of A, he was executive editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, the tribal news media for the Cherokee Nation based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The Phoenix was the first Native American newspaper originally published in 1828. He is also a founder of Street Roots, a nonprofit newspaper focused on issues of concern to the homeless and low-income citizens of Portland, Oregon. 

Pollard has served as a mentor for numerous journalism organizations including the Oklahoma Institute for Diversity in Journalism, the Society of Professional Journalists, Working Press, UNITY News, Online News Association, NAJF and NAJA’s Project Phoenix. He is currently pursuing a master’s in journalism with an emphasis on documentary filmmaking.

The NAJA Board unanimously elected Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa) to fill the vacant president seat during the monthly meeting Aug. 30.

 Ahtone is a citizen of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, a lifetime NAJA member and associate editor for tribal affairs at High Country News. His stories have won multiple honors, including investigative awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Gannett Foundation. He is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts and Columbia School of Journalism. In 2017 Ahtone was awarded a Nieman Fellowship to study at Harvard University.

“I am truly honored and excited to serve as NAJA president,” said Ahtone. “We want to continue to provide support for Native journalists, and promote the amazing work our membership does – to ensure the highest standards of journalism and advocate for principles in line with our own unique traditions, outlooks and worldviews.”

Ahtone has served two previous terms on the board of directors and was elected to a third term during the National Native Media Conference in July 2018.  

Upon being elected as president, Ahtone appointed Sterling Cosper (Muscogee Creek) to fill Pollard’s vacancy on the board.

Cosper is the current manager of Mvskoke Media, an independent news outlet of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. He started as a reporter for the Muscogee Nation News in 2012 and was promoted to editor the following year. With key support of the news staff, he successfully advocated for the passage of free press law, during an ongoing a series of high-profile events involving the tribal government. 

As manager, he has focused on restructuring the department, while optimizing the financial independence of Mvskoke Media to be a powerful advocate for Mvskoke citizens. He will continue pushing for free press protections in Indian Country through his service on the NAJA Free Press Committee. 

Cosper is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and a current board member of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. 

The remaining officers and members will continue to serve the board for the duration of their elected terms.

 

2018-2019 NAJA Board of Directors

 

Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa), President

Dr. Victoria LaPoe (Cherokee), Vice President

Jennifer Bell (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), Treasurer

Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton (Cherokee), Secretary

Shyanne Beatty (Hangwichin Athabascan) 

Graham Brewer (Cherokee)

Sterling Cosper (Muscogee Creek)

Jacqueline Keeler (Diné / Ihanktonwan Dakota) 

Ramona Marozas (Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians)

 

About the Native American Journalists Association

The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) represents more than 500 members working in national and tribal media outlets, as independent freelancers, with associations, academic institutions and other organizations. Through programs that support diversity and defend challenges to free press, speech and expression, NAJA promotes accurate media coverage of Indian Country.

 

 

 

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