2019 Native Broadcast Summit calls for proposals through Jan. 7, 2019


The 2019 Native Broadcast Summit will be held at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler, AZ on April 24-25. The theme of the 2019 Summit is Native Voices · Native Media · Native Truths.

The annual summit supports capacity building and professional development opportunities specifically for broadcasters and media makers serving Indian Country through skill building sessions, space for meaningful discussions, networking, and presentations on a variety of relevant topics.


Native Public Media is soliciting proposals for session presenters and leaders in the following track areas that are aligned with the Summit theme, Native Voices · Native Media · Native Truths.

  1. Station operations sessions should focus on successful practices, systems, or strategies for station operations, for example:
  • Compliance (i.e. CSG, FCC, new federal policies)
  • Fundraising – beyond the membership drive
  • Financial management
  • Institutional development including strategic planning, working with a board of directors, development of policies, etc.
  1. Technology and media sessions should focus on technology available for stations that can improve station operations and programming, for example:
  • Content and resource sharing
  • Multimedia challenges and opportunities (e.g. drones, podcasts, creating a newsroom)
  • Recording and digital archiving practices
  • Freedom of press (i.e. interviewing best practices)
  • Capacity building in technical skills in production, maintenance of radio equipment, etc.
  1. Community engagement sessions should focus on specific topics that will help station staff to increase their knowledge and/or allow a sharing of experiences, for example:
  • Collaboration between stations and/or mentoring and training other broadcasters
  • Youth development/Youth radio
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Developing resilience strategies, Self-Care practices, Mindful and Work Culture, etc.


Tribal radio and television station broadcasters and professionals, including both commercial and non-commercial broadcasters, recipients of the Community Service Grant through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Tribal media creators (i.e. journalists, reporters, producers, etc.).


  • We do not offer honorariums or travel support for presenters.
  • Presenters agree to be photographed/videotaped for NPM’s use to promote the Native Broadcast Summit.
  • Presenters are required to register and attend the Summit.


  • The topic contributes to the advancement of broadcasters and media makers.
  • Session content demonstrates timely, strategic, and/or innovative thinking.
  • The description clearly articulates learning objectives and/or takeaways.
  • Speakers and panelists are appropriate for the session and represent multiple perspectives.
  • Session actively involves the audience, in a manner appropriate to the session format and content.


Please contact Melissa Begay, Operations Manager with any questions at mbegay@nativepublicmedia.org or 928.853.2302. Submit your proposal to Melissa via email by January 7, 2019.

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