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The NAJ Fellowship provides a yearlong experience in multimedia training, hands-on journalism and mentoring to Native American college students.
Rebecca Landsberry
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Norman, Oklahoma
United States
3 Team Members

Introducing the Native American Journalism Fellowship program

The Native American Journalists Association is pleased to announce an exciting program in partnership with the Newseum Institute. The goal is to help prepare Native American journalism students to enter the workforce by combining the expertise gained from two established programs: the former American Indian Journalism Institute, which was managed and funded by the Newseum Institute; and the Native American Journalists Association’s college student projects held at the annual NAJA conference. (See information below on Native Voices, the main training component of the fellowship.)

The two initiatives are melded into a single program designed to give students a range of journalism experiences during a one-year period. 

How it works 

1 . The project begins at the 2014 NAJA conference in Santa Clara, California. Students arrive early for a three-day series of sessions on the nuts and bolts of journalism. The training prepares them for their weeklong experience in covering the NAJA conference, where they also gain hands-on newsroom experience. Participants in NAJA’s student projects gain experience in putting out a newspaper at the conference and producing television and radio newscasts. 

2. NAJA-NI students get further training at the College Media Association’s multimedia workshops on the Vanderbilt campus, July 29 - Aug. 1. A special, one-day session designed specifically for Native students takes place in advance of the CMA training. (Dependent on whether we reach our funding goal.)

3. Students participate in at least four webinars designed to improve their journalism skills throughout the year. 

4. Selected students will have the option to enroll in a three-credit, 300-level online journalism course at the University of Montana geared specifically toward the NAJ fellows.

5. Mentors provide feedback and support during the year to help students get the most out of their experience. 

6. Students end their year at the 2015 NAJA conference and serve as senior staffers. The hope is to create an ongoing program in 2015; so as 2014 class graduates, a new group would start its year. 

NAJF Goals

  • Create a rich experience for Native American students that inspires them to pursue a career in journalism
  • Offer training that prepares students for the newsroom
  • Prepare participants for job offers (program graduates)
  • Execute a successful pilot program that turns into an ongoing program
  • Produce active NAJA professional members who contribute to the organization and become mentors to other aspiring journalists

What we need 

NAJA is requesting $10,000 from members, partners and individuals to make the first year of the NAJ Fellowship a success. (Note: This amount has been amended since the video pitch was produced.)

  • All funds raised will be used to support the travel, lodging, meals and technical support of the 2014 student projects. 
  • Even if NAJA doesn't meet the $10,000 mark, all funder donations will still be applied to paying for the students' expenses to Santa Clara, CA from all over the U.S. 

Please share with your circles

Every level of support is important. Even if you can't part with the cash, sharing this project with your personal and professional connections through social media can still make a great impact on the lives of Native students looking to change the world of journalism. 

About Native Voices

Native Voices for college students is an important career pipeline created specifically for aspiring Native American journalists. Each year, this program pairs students with professional journalists who often continue to provide academic and professional advice long after the program week ends.

NAJA’s student program is scheduled each year during the week of NAJA's annual conference. This year, the NAJA conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, Calif., from July 10-13.

Students will work on stories under the guidance of mentors who are professional journalists. Stories produced by students during the conference will be published by NAJA in a printed newspaper and on our website. Students also gain hands-on experience in producing radio and television newscasts.

See the 2013 Native Voices student website

This project would provide multimedia training, hands-on journalism experience, webinars and mentoring in a way that recognizes and appreciates their cultural heritage.

About NAJA

The Native American Journalists Association is a non-profit organization that empowers journalists through the provision of resources to Native and non-Native media.

NAJA represents more than 350 members working in national and tribal media outlets, independent freelancers, associations, schools and other non-profit organizations through programs that promote diversity and defend challenges to free press, speech and expression.

NAJA is committed to increasing the representation of Native journalists in mainstream media. NAJA encourages both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility.

Learn more at www.naja.com

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    For a pledge of $20 and above, NAJA will recognize funders with a shoutout on our official Twitter account. Additionally, this perk will be part of every level of funding.

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    Group photo of the 2014 NAJA student project participants (digital download)

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    Acknowledgement and full-page print ad in NAJA Native Voices student newspaper and recognition at the NAJA Membership Breakfast July 13, 2014 for up to four corporate or four lifetime NAJA members

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