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

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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.

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 Turtle Island. 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.  

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:


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Registration for the 2022 National Native Media Conference is now open for attendees and exhibitors. General attendee rates can be viewed on the registration site through the link below and exhibitor rates are available by requesting a sponsorship guide from: 

Attendees will be required to upload vaccine verification at registration. 

NAJA will also offer content on-demand to members and attendees through a custom virtual event platform after the conference. 

Special Events 

Sessions will be led by Indigenous journalists teaching in-depth skills and sharing new insights on media across Turtle Island. Registration includes sessions, keynote presentations and Opening Night Reception with further details on this event forthcoming. Daily breakfast is included, however, special meal event tickets are not included with registration.

Tickets for the NAJA Membership Meeting and Business Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 25 (updated) are available for purchase for $75 for members and non-members. NAJA will present the 2022 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award during the luncheon and an informal meet-and-greet with NAJA Board of Directors candidates will follow.

Tickets to the National Native Media Awards Banquet on Saturday, Aug. 27 (updated) are available for purchase for $100. Banquet tickets must be purchased separately. Tables of 10 are also available for sponsorship by contacting: Celebrate local Indigenous culture, the work of fellow NAJA members across the U.S., and Canada and support Indigenous journalism by bidding at the silent auction, which benefits NAJA scholarships.

Register here.

Silent Auction

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NAJA is now accepting donations for the 2022 National Native Media Conference Silent Auction set for Saturday, Aug. 27 during the annual National Native Media Awards Banquet. 

This year, NAJA is introducing a new auction site to enhance the bidding process, which will open Aug. 20. All proceeds support scholarships for Indigenous students pursuing media careers and the items can be previewed here.

Suggested donations include: Indigenous art, clothing, jewelry and beaded items. Unique items are welcome and all donations are 100 percent tax-deductible. Donors should include a description of their donated items, estimated value and high-resolution image(s) as outlined in the 2022 NAJA Silent Auction Donation Form

Donors may submit items for the auction, either in-person during the event or by shipping in advance.

2022 National Native Media Awards

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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.  

The extended deadline to submit awards was May 2. Contest results will be announced before the conference and winners will be recognized during the National Native Media Awards Banquet on Saturday, Aug. 27.

2022 Native American Journalism Fellowship

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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. The deadline to apply was May 14, 2022. View the 2022 class here.

Lodging at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix

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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 through Aug. 1. Reservations may be made online here.

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.


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The Native American Journalists Association is calling for 2022 Board Candidacy Declarations through July 9 for 3-year terms that begin Aug. 27, 2022 and end in the summer of 2025.

Elections will be held online and in-person Aug. 20-27 for the board of directors. In-person voting will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., local time at the conference and an informal candidate forum will follow the NAJA Membership Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 12-2 p.m.

For online voting, eligible NAJA members will receive a unique link in the email associated with their membership. View more information here.


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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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