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.


See more on this fellowship here, where they are currently looking for donations to help continue the program.

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