NAJA agrees with NPR ombudsman assessment of flawed ICWA story

The Native American Journalists Association supports the assessment of National Public Radio’s Ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen regarding the story “Native American Adoption Law Challenged As Racially Biased.” In December, NAJA released a statement challenging the network’s unchecked use of racial language and lack of context in reporting, stating in part: “NPR violated its ethics policy by … More NAJA agrees with NPR ombudsman assessment of flawed ICWA story

NPR airs inaccurate story about ICWA case

The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) issued the following statement after National Public Radio broadcast and published “Native American Adoption Law Challenged As Racially Biased” – an inaccurate and imprecise story about an Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) custody case: NPR violated its ethics policy by failing to thoroughly fact check its reporting and allowing … More NPR airs inaccurate story about ICWA case

NAJA responds to headline “Cowboys Scalp Indians”

The Native American Journalists Association extends an invitation to Michael Brooks and publisher Chris Lundstrom to participate in an ethics and coverage training. Michael Brooks, a sports writer for the Jackson County Herald-Tribune, recently authored a story headlined “Cowboys Scalp Indians” posted to the jacksonconews.com website. This headline marks a significant lapse in ethical judgement … More NAJA responds to headline “Cowboys Scalp Indians”

NAJA urges media outlets to confirm tribal citizenry before reporting

After of the Oct. 26 arrest of mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr., some outlets reported that he is a citizen of the Seminole Tribe of Florida without confirmation from the tribe. The Seminole Tribe of Florida, through a statement, confirmed that he is not and has never been a citizen of their tribe. Regardless of … More NAJA urges media outlets to confirm tribal citizenry before reporting

FIRE conducting a needs assessment for diverse journalists

Freelance Investigative Reporters and Editors (FIRE) conducting a needs assessment for journalists of color Attention, journalists of color who have freelanced or may intend to do so: Please fill out a brief FIRE survey about your challenges and needs, especially in relation to investigative reporting. Take the opportunity to weigh in about where resources should … More FIRE conducting a needs assessment for diverse journalists

NAJA submits letter to the editor to the LA Times

The Native American Journalists Association is disappointed in the lack of due diligence demonstrated by the Los Angeles Times in publishing the op-ed “Does the Indian Child Welfare Act protect tribal interests at the expense of children?” We call on the organization and the opinion section to review their policies and practices in light of … More NAJA submits letter to the editor to the LA Times