Native American Journalism Fellowship student and mentor application deadlines extended through April 30

Posted by Rebecca Landsberry on 04/12/2017

NAJF is an opportunity for college and graduate students to deepen their reporting and multimedia skills, while learning from tribal journalists and news industry professionals from across the country. Students will report on issues surrounding the National Native Media Conference at EIJ17 in Anaheim, Calif., Sept 4-10


2016 Native American Journalism Fellows at EIJ16 in New Orleans, LA

Student fellows will receive:
  • Multimedia Training
  • Tips for Producing Effective Coverage
  • A Professional Mentor
  • On-site Newsroom Immersion Experience
  • Skills for Job-Readiness
  • Access to Jobs and Internships
  • Option of college credit hours 
Eligibility and Rules
Who should apply? Any Native American college student with interest in radio, television or print journalism is eligible to apply. Preference will be given to college juniors, seniors and graduate students. Applicants must be current NAJA members to apply 
Annual membership dues are $20 for college and graduate students. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Once selected to participate in the program, NAJ Fellows must also be responsible for the following:
- Attend week-long, on-site, newsroom immersion training in Anaheim, CA Sept. 4-10
- Attend regular meetings with assigned mentor
- Participate in online meetings/trainings throughout the year
- Write / edit reporting assignments throughout the year
- Seek internship in media organization

NAJF includes all travel expenses including: airfare, food and accommodations during the on-site newsroom immersion will be covered by NAJA. Upon selection, NAJ Fellows will be assigned to a professional media mentor. All applicants will be notified of their status in May 2017.

The deadline for NAJF student applications has been extended to April 30APPLY


NAJF mentors will be responsible for overseeing the work of their fellow over the course of one year, beginning upon assignment. Many mentor relationships last far beyond this annual obligation, however, there will be requirements that must be fulfilled on both the student and mentor sides, in order to be considered for participation in future programs.

NAJA requires all NAJF mentors to be present for the the on-site immersion portion of the fellowship at EIJ17 in Anaheim, CA Sept. 4-10

Selected mentors will be responsible for providing the following:

  • Input in Developing a Pre-NAJF Survey for Fellows
  • Analysis on Post-NAJF Survey Results for Fellows
  • Skills for Job-Readiness
  • Access and Tips to Media Jobs and Internships
  • Resume Audits
  • Mentor requirements:
  • Current NAJA member in good standing
  • Journalism experience in print, broadcast or digital media (Journalism degree preferred, but not required)
  • Completed 2017-2018 mentor application
  • Mentors are encouraged to bring any professional equipment to the newsroom experience (cameras, video equipment, laptops, lighting, recording gear, etc.)

The extended deadline for NAJF mentor applications is April 30APPLY