NAJA, RCFP to host The Local Legal Initiative: Legal support for Indigenous journalists roundtable April 16

This episode of the NAJA Roundtable series will feature attorneys from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press who will discuss legal support of press and information rights for Indigenous journalists.

The Native American Journalists Association recognizes that media professionals are confronted with unique challenges when covering issues affecting Indigenous people and communities. The NAJA Roundtable series aims to examine the challenges and best practices to empower and support Indigenous storytellers.

Join moderator Sterling Cosper, NAJA program manager, and panelists from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press as they discuss legal resources available to Indigenous journalists through the Local Legal Initiative and the RCFP. The roundtable is open to any Indigenous journalist and the panel will take questions from the audience.

The roundtable panelists include:

  • KatieBeth Gardner, Local Legal Initiative attorney for Oklahoma
  • Kamesha Laurry, Borealis Racial Equity in Journalism Fund Legal Fellow, RCFP
  • Rachael Johnson, Local Legal Initiative attorney for Colorado
  • Mailyn Fidler, Technology and Press Freedom Project Legal Fellow, RCFP

Moderated by Sterling Cosper (Muscogee Creek), NAJA program manager and former manager of Mvskoke Media.

NAJA will host the roundtable and live Q&A at 4 pm CT on Friday, April 16, 2021, via Zoom. Participants may register in advance here. After registering, attendees will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the webinar.

The recording will also be available on the NAJA website and NAJA YouTube channel.

NAJA will develop additional roundtables, which will focus on challenges and best practices for reporting on Indigenous people, communities and issues. Members may pitch roundtable suggestions through the online form here

The roundtable series is supported by the following sponsors: 

  • Democracy Fund
  • Ford Foundation
  • Gannett Foundation
  • Google News Initiative
  • Knight Foundation 
  • TEGNA Foundation
  • Walton Family Foundation

About NAJA
The Native American Journalists Association serves more than 750 members, including media professionals working in tribal, freelance, independent and mainstream news outlets, as well as academia and students covering Indigenous communities and representing tribal nations from across North America.

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