NAJA 2023 National Native Media Conference set for Aug. 10-12 in Winnipeg

Native American Journalists Association’s annual conference to be hosted at the Delta Hotel and RBC Convention Center in downtown Winnipeg; Call for proposals open through Feb. 24

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Native American Journalists Association will host the 2023 National Native Media Conference Aug. 10-12 downtown at the Delta Hotel and RBC Convention Center Winnipeg.

This year marks 40 years that Indigenous journalists have worked to support and sustain NAJA. Originally formed as the Native American Press Association in 1983, the name changed in 1990, to be more inclusive of broadcast journalists. The organization has grown from just a handful of reporters to a membership of nearly 1,000, which includes Indigenous journalists, funders, educators and partners across the United States and Canada.

“I’m honored that the board voted in favor of bringing NAJA back to its roots. We have been floating the idea of hosting the conference in Canada again since 2019. This organization was founded by journalists from both sides of the medicine line and I am proud to see us carry on that legacy,” NAJA President Francine Compton said.

Winnipeg is home to Compton and a place that became a cornerstone of Indigenous journalism.

“A foundation was built here by APTN and CBC Indigenous. I can’t wait for everyone to see that. I look forward to hosting our members and industry friends in Winnipeg in 2023,” she said.

NAJA is also celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2023 by giving away 40 memberships to prospective new members. NAJA will offer a total of 40 free memberships to students, professionals and associate members across the U.S., and Canada. Apply now for a chance at savings on conference registration and other awesome NAJA benefits!

Conference Program Proposals
The call for National Native Media Conference proposals is open through Feb. 24.

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 Indigenous communities. 

NAJA seeks program proposals that are informative, educational and training-based, led by Indigenous journalists teaching in-depth skills and sharing new insights on media. Proposals that explore data of Indigenous populations are also encouraged.

The Native American Journalists Association will recognize outstanding coverage of Indigenous communities by Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists through the 2023 National Native Media Awards. Entries will be accepted through March 31.

Opportunities for branding, sponsored content and participation in the 2023 Indigenous Media Expo will be available through the 2023 Sponsorship Guide. More information regarding registration, lodging, and the silent auction will be forthcoming. 

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