NAJA announces 2019 National Native Media Award winners

The Native American Journalists Association will recognize outstanding Indigenous journalism during 2019 National Native Media Conference. 

NORMAN, Okla. — The Native American Journalists Association will present more than 230 awards recognizing the best coverage of Indian Country on the evening of September 18 during the 2019 NAJA National Native Media Awards Banquet at the Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake, Minn.

The annual competition recognizes excellence in reporting by Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists from the US and Canada. NAJA received more than 600 entries across the following categories:

  • Student Division
  • Associate Division I – (Circulation below 5,000)
  • Associate Division II – (Circulation 5,000 – 10,000)
  • Associate Division III – (Circulation above 10,000)
  • Professional Division I – (Circulation below 5,000)
  • Professional Division II – (Circulation 5,000 – 10,000)
  • Professional Division III – (Circulation above 10,000)

View the full list of winners here.

2019 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award

NAJA will present the 2019 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award to Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock) on Monday, Sept. 16, during the NAJA Membership Luncheon and Business Meeting. The award presentation will be followed by keynote speaker and a NAJA founder Tim Giago (Oglala Lakota). Luncheon tickets are free to NAJA members with RSVP. Non-members may purchase tickets online through the conference registration site for $50 each.

2019 NAJA Richard LaCourse Award

NAJA will present the 2019 NAJA Richard LaCourse Award on Wednesday, Sept. 18, during the NAJA National Native Media Awards Banquet to Acee Agoyo (Ohkay Owingeh) and Kevin Abourezk (Rosebud Sioux) of Indianz.com. Banquet tickets are $85 each and may be purchased online through the conference registration site

2019 NAJA Elias Boudinot Free Press Award

NAJA will present the 2019 NAJA Elias Boudinot Free Press Award during the NAJA National Native Media Awards Banquet to Karyn Pugliese (Algonquin) and Justin Brake of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Banquet tickets are $85 each and may be purchased online through the conference registration site

Division winners will also be recognized during the banquet.

Winners who are unable to attend the banquet to pick up their awards in person may request to have awards shipped to them at cost. For direct shipping, please email NAJA Program Manager Sterling Cosper at scosper@naja.com and include winner name, division, category, outlet, shipping address and the complete list of awards to be shipped. Additional copies of awards may be purchased at cost. 

Please submit any requested award corrections instructions via email with the winner’s division, category, outlet, name and corrected information no later than Friday, July 19

NAJA thanks all of the 2019 judges, their outlets and organizations for the donation of time and expertise spent on making this year’s awards possible:

  • Amanda Miller, Association of Food Journalists
  • Beth Parke, Society of Environmental Journalists
  • Brian Bull, KLCC
  • Chris Jennings, Biskinik
  • Crystal Mzhickteno, Meskwaki Nation Times
  • Dalton Walker, Au-Authm Action News
  • Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio
  • Debra Krol, Freelance
  • Dr. Victoria LaPoe, Ohio University
  • Dr. Rebecca Blatt, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Rebecca Tallent, The University of Idaho
  • Jeff Gammage, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Jennifer Bell, Hownikan
  • Jessica Joaquin, Au-Authm Action News
  • Jiselle Halfmoon, KCUW | Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla
  • Joshua N. Lopez, Education Writers Association
  • Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Indian Country Today
  • Judith Siers-Poisson, Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Ken Luchterhand, Hocak Worak
  • Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, SPJ Oklahoma Professional Chapter
  • Michelle Alfini, ABC 27 – WKOW
  • Payton Guthrie, Choctaw Nation | Biskinik
  • Ramona Marozas, CBS 3 Duluth
  • Rhonda LeValdo, Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Rosemary Stephens, Cheyenne Arapaho Tribal Tribune
  • Sonny Albarado, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Sterling Cosper, NAJA / SPJ
  • Tara Gatewood, Native America Calling
  • Terri Hansen, Yes! Magazine
  • Tripp Crouse, KNBA 90.3 FM
  • Tristan Ahtone, NAJA / High Country News

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