NAJA National Native Media Conference set for Aug. 25-27, 2022

Native American Journalists Association’s annual conference to be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix and Arizona State University in 2022

*View COVID-19 mitigation information below.

PHOENIX — The Native American Journalists Association will host the National Native Media Conference Aug. 25-27, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Special events and programs will also be hosted at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Conference Program Proposals
The call for National Native Media Conference proposals is open through Feb. 1, 2022 and the form is below.

NAJA will facilitate conference program sessions about best practices in Indigenous media, training and workshops to support and enhance the knowledge and skills of journalists covering Indian Country. The conference program will feature Indigenous media professional development and address evolving COVID-19 coverage and best practices through training and workshops to support journalists covering Indigenous communities.  

NAJA seeks program proposals that are informative, educational and training-based. The primary focus of the 2022 National Native Media Conference is to be an educational, skills-building, career-oriented conference. Conference planners seek sessions led by Indigenous journalists teaching in-depth skills and sharing new insights on media in Indian Country. Proposals that explore data of Native American populations are also encouraged.

Contact NAJA to discuss opportunities for branding, sponsored content, a presence in the 2022 National Native Media Expo and more. An updated 2022 sponsorship guide is available by contacting: Questions may be directed to:

2022 National Native Media Awards
The Native American Journalists Association will recognize outstanding coverage of Indian Country during the 2022 NAJA National Native Media Awards. The annual competition recognizes excellence in reporting by Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists across Turtle Island.  

Entries will be accepted through April 8 and submitted using the BetterBNC Media Awards Platform. BetterBNC will manage all entries and judging. For more information including instructions on how to use the platform, view the contest page here.

2022 Native American Journalism Fellowship
Selected fellows will build their reporting and interpersonal skills in a digital newsroom experience beforeduring and after the conference.

2022 NAJF will feature a virtual curriculum with selected mentors representing broadcast, radio, print and digital media. This innovative experience will be designed to leverage the advantages of online learning while allowing fellows to participate in the conference, network with other Indigenous journalists, and strengthen reporting skills. In partnership with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, NAJA will facilitate a conference program Aug. 24-27 featuring best practices in Indigenous media, training and workshops.

Lodging at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix
Conference attendees may reserve rooms on the NAJA hotel room block at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at the discounted room rates starting at $129 per night:

Attendees may call 877-803-7534 to reserve hotel rooms over the phone and mention the group code: G-HBKX to access the discounted rate.

The conference is proceeding as planned. The NAJA Board Conference Committee is monitoring developments with COVID-19 and currently, the Omicron variant. NAJA continues to follow CDC and WHO guidelines for in-person gatherings and is implementing protective measures that may be adapted as this guidance changes. 

Attendees will be required to provide vaccine verification and wear masks to all in-person conference events. NAJA will supply masks, and provide hand sanitizer stations, accommodate social distancing and implement vaccine verification at registration.

For updates, visit View the Hyatt Regency Phoenix’s measures under the site banner here.

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