Native Public Media calling for 2020 Native Broadcast Summit proposals

The 2020 Native Broadcast Summit will be held at the Residence Inn by Marriott – Phoenix Downtown on April 29th and 30th. The Summit supports capacity building and professional development specifically for broadcasters and media makers serving Indian Country through skill building sessions, by providing space for meaningful discussions and networking opportunities, and presentations on a variety of relevant topics.


The 2020 Summit theme is Our Destiny Through Solutions Storytelling. Native Public Media is soliciting learning sessions that complement the Summit theme in the following areas:

  1. Practices and strategies for station operations or capacity building that are effective and successful.
  2. Creative and innovative technology and media programs.
  3. Knowledge or technical skills in production, maintenance of radio equipment, budgeting, etc.
  4. Creative and innovative fundraising techniques that increase financial resources for stations.
  5. Pass the mic group circles to share success and new ideas for media and broadcasting.
  6. Collaborations with community to address hot local topics like the 2020 Election, Climate Crises, missing and murdered women, or gun control.
  7. Creative and resilient strategies that promote self-care, a mindful work culture, and lowering stress levels.
  8. Mentoring and training programs that engage youth in broadcasting.


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


Pick a format for your presentation that will create an effective learning opportunity and engage the audience:

  1. Clinic: A session that offers coaching with experts on a specialized topic.
  2. Talking Circles: A moderated group conversation on specific issues.
  3. Panel: A session with three to four presenters in a moderated panel discussion, followed by 15-20 minutes of Q&A. Panelists should be diverse industry experts who represent different perspectives and opinions in a given area.
  4. Workshop: A training session that provides in-depth or advanced information about a specific topic or skill paired with one or more hands-on activities that enables participants to gain more expertise.


The learning session is 75 minutes. Write your proposal in a word document and provide the following information:

  1. Session Leader/Contact: Identify one session leader (contact) who will be responsible for the organization and management of the session.
  2. Describe how your Session complements the Summit Theme: 50-word maximum. Be descriptive but concise.
  3. Select Session Format: – Clinic – Talking  Circles – Panel – Workshop
  4. Session Title: 15-word maximum. Be descriptive but concise.
  5. Session Description: 100-word maximum to describe your Session in detail: – What topics will be covered? – What will happen during the session?
  6. Session Objectives: Provide 2 learning objectives. What will participants take away from your session?
  7. Session Summary: Provide a 50-word maximum session summary for the Summit printed program.
  8. Presenter Bios: Write a 50 word bio for presenter(s), making sure that names, titles, organizations, and contact information are correct.
  9. Audiovisual Information: Presenters are required to bring their own laptop, power cord and any proprietary cords. NPM will provide a screen, LCD projector, speakers for audio, podium with a microphone, and wireless microphones. If you have any audiovisual requirements beyond what will be provided, indicate your needs here.


  • The topic contributes to the advancement of broadcasters and media makers.
  • Learning session complements the Summit theme.
  • 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.


  • 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 for and attend the Summit.


Please contact Melissa Begay, Operations Manager with any questions at or 928.853.2302. Submit your proposal to Melissa via email by January 31, 2020.

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