Happy New Year from the Native American Journalists Association

Posted by Rebecca Landsberry on 12/30/2015

Dear NAJA Member, 

This year, the Native American Journalists Association saw tremendous milestones achieved in 2015 and we want to recognize our members who helped improve the state of Native American journalism through NAJA programs and initiatives.

  • Reached strategic goal of recruiting a record 500+ members with the institution of new online membership portal 
  • Awarded three $1,000 NAJA Scholarships to Native students pursuing media careers
  • Hosted a successful 2015 National Native Media Conference in Washington, D.C., with new and returning sponsors
  • Recognized more than 250 individual members for their work during the annual National Native Media Awards
    • Denny McAuliffe - 2015 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award recipient
    • The Playwickian - 2015 NAJA Elias Boudinot Free Press Award recipient
    • Suzette Brewer - 2015 NAJA Richard LaCourse-Gannett Foundation Al Neuharth Award for Investigative Journalism 
  • Awarded 10 Native American Journalism Fellowships, granting hands-on journalism experience through one-on-one mentorships with professional NAJA members
  • Provided information through NAJA Legal Hotline for Journalists and templates through NAJA Free Press Resource Page 
  • Helped facilitate a smooth transition of the Native Health News Alliance from a NAJA W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant project to an independent nonprofit news organization dedicated to Native American health coverage
  • Tribal media member outlet Muscogee (Creek) Nation adopted free press protections in Oct. 2015
  • Joining the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA) for the Excellence in Journalism conference in New Orleans Sept. 18-20, 2016
It is only with the support of our members that NAJA remains a powerful organization, empowering a network of journalists and associates who see the value of investing time and resources in Native American journalism. We are asking for your financial support through a year-end donation to NAJA. Make your tax-deductible contribution before Dec. 31 online or by sending a check or money order. Donations are also accepted throughout the year and fund general operations costs or specific programs.
Send your check: 
Native American Journalists Association
OU Gaylord College 
395 W. Lindsey St. 
Norman, OK 73019
Thank you for your support of Native American media and the journalists who continue to tell the stories of our communities in Indian Country and all over the world. 
A'he'éé' (thank you in Navajo),
Jason Begay

NAJA President