NAJA News

Rapid City Journal 'deeply regrets' pain caused by headline

The Rapid City Journal has released a statement addressing a troubling headline that ran at the top of its front page on Saturday as the paper pushed forward with coverage over how a group of Native students were the targetof insults and other deplorable actions at a hockey game in the community.

Rapid City Journal responds to NAJA concerns over irresponsible headline

Rapid City Journal responds to NAJA concerns over irresponsible headline
The headline, "Did Native students stand for National Anthem?" which ran with the top story in print editions Saturday fell short of responsible journalism.

NAJA announces partnership with Marketwired for exclusive news distribution

Alliance creates greater visibility for Native American journalists

NAJA releases tips for covering Indian Country during holiday season

NAJA releases tips for covering Indian Country during holiday season
The Native American Journalists Association recognizes Native American Heritage Month and encourages both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility.

NAJA joins SPJ, the Student Press Law Center and others in renouncing Neshaminy School Board actions

Letter urges school associations to renounce actions of Neshaminy School District; suggests meeting with journalism organizations to create standards for educationally responsible governance of journalism education

NAJA asks Indian Country Today Media Network for apology following headline

NAJA asks Indian Country Today Media Network for apology following headline
Genocide is real and should never be compared or rated with other crimes against humanity. It should never be used to stir attention or generate social-media shares.

Three NAJA members win full board terms after 2014 elections in Santa Clara, California

Three NAJA members win full board terms after 2014 elections in Santa Clara, California
Christina Good Voice, Jolene Schonchin and Tristan Ahtone elected to serve three-year terms on the NAJA board of directors.

NAJA supports U.S. Patent Office's cancelation of Washington NFL team trademark registration

NAJA urges the media industry to realize the harmful nature of this racial slur and adopt policies that encourage reporters and staff to refrain from using it in print and on air

NAJA urges Obama to meet with Native media during upcoming N.D., visit

NAJA urges the administration to allow Native journalists access to the president at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation June 13.

Join the NAJA Native Media List

Join the NAJA Native Media List
Are you a Native media outlet in the U.S., or the First Nations? Join NAJA's Native Media List.

Hudetz joins Native Peoples Magazine as editor

Hudetz joins Native Peoples Magazine as editor
Member Moves: NAJA President Mary Hudetz joins Native Peoples

NAJA calls on ESPN to review Rick Reilly’s work after father-in-law cites inaccuracies

Reilly inaccurately stated the Washington NFL team name doesn't offend Native Americans and reportedly misquoted his father-in-law as saying he doesn't think the name should change.

NAJA selects 2014 National Native Media Conference site

NAJA selects 2014 National Native Media Conference site
Native American Journalists Association to partner with Native Public Media to host 30th annual conference in Santa Clara, Calif., July 10-13

NAJA seeks freelance positions covering American Indian health

NAJA seeks freelance positions covering American Indian health
NAJA seeks freelance news reporters and graphic artists to produce health news content for Native Health News Alliance website

NAJA announces 2013-2014 election results

NAJA announces 2013-2014 election results
Board of Directors names new president

NAJA launches Native Health News Alliance

NAJA launches Native Health News Alliance
NHNA aims to provide improved health coverage in Indian Country through partnership with national cooperative for Native media

NAJA launches free legal resource hotline

NAJA launches free legal resource hotline
NAJA members gain access to free legal information and possible advice regarding media issues in Indian Country

NAJA launches www.nativevoice.naja.com

NAJA launches www.nativevoice.naja.com
Students showcase their work during 2013 NAJA Project Phoenix and Native Voices at http://www.nativevoice.naja.com/

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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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