NAJA seeks freelance positions covering American Indian health

Posted by Rebecca Landsberry on 08/29/2013

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Native American Journalists Association is seeking freelance news reporters and graphic artists to produce health news content for the Native Health News Alliance website, a professional news website for American Indian journalists, in particular those working in tribal media.

NHNA will function as a virtual reporting assistant for tribal media. Health news – written by Native journalists for Native journalists – will be featured in news “kiosks” that offer print, inforgraphic, video, audio and web news components.

Subscribers will use the kiosks as an online news store and download any or all news elements for use in their media outlets. The first two kiosks, which are supported by a NAJA grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will feature news on breastfeeding and oral health in Indian Country.

Freelance candidates must have professional newsroom experience, demonstrated commitment to high quality journalism, a track record of meeting deadlines and a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The right candidates will be highly proactive at finding appropriate sources for stories, have a knack for research, and the ability to distill American Indian health issues into everyday language for a Native audience. Solid journalism skills and a talent for writing and editing under deadline are vital.

Applicants may apply as individuals or in teams to produce content for one of the following news kiosks: Breastfeeding or Oral Health. All news will be produced for an American Indian audience. Other specific journalism skills are required to match one or more of the following needs: 

  • News and feature stories written for print and online news. Photographs required.
  • Audio news and news feature stories with full transcripts.
  • Video news and news feature package.
  • Stand alone and complimentary infographics.

Email a cover letter, resume and three journalism samples to both of the following email addresses; rebeccalandsberry@naja.com and tlamsam@nativehealthnews.com. Please specify the news category for which you are applying: breastfeeding or oral health.

If you currently work full-time as a journalist, please also send a release letter from your editor or producer stating that you are allowed to produce the freelance work for another organization.

Visit the NAJA website to learn more about the mission and other programs NAJA offers to support journalism, media and communications professionals at www.naja.com.