National Native Media Awards entries due April 19

Awards Payments – Please select your NAJA membership level:

The Native American Journalists Association will award members for journalistic excellence during the 2019 National Native Media Conference; Early bird deadline is March 31

NORMAN, Okla. — The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) will recognize outstanding coverage of Indian Country during the 2019 NAJA National Native Media Awards. The annual competition recognizes excellence in reporting by Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists across the US and Canada.

The early bird entry fee is $25 per entry for professional, associate or tribal media members, $10 per entry for student members, and $50 per entry for non-members. Early bird entries will be accepted through March 31.

The regular entry fee is $30 per entry for professional, associate or tribal media members, $15 per entry for student members and $55 per entry for non-members Regular entries will be accepted through April 19.

Entry Divisions

2019 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award

The NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award recognizes important contributions made by journalists in the past, as well as encourages the new generation of Native journalists to achieve career excellence. This award honors NAJA’s mission and the exemplary people who have led the way with outstanding work and contributions to the field of journalism.

The winner of the NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award will receive $5,000 from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. NAJA will present the 2019 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award during the NAJA Membership Luncheon and Business Meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. All entrants must be NAJA members, however, there is no entry fee for this category and there is no cost to nominate a member for this award.

2019 NAJA Elias Boudinot Free Press Award

The NAJA Elias Boudinot Free Press Award recognizes a publication or media outlet that has shown dedication and commitment to upholding freedom of the press, information and transparency in Indian Country. All entrants must be NAJA members, however, there is no entry fee for this category and there is no cost to nominate a member for this award.

2019 NAJA Richard LaCourse Award

The NAJA Richard LaCourse Award for Investigative Journalism honors groundbreaking work by a Native American journalist or a team that creatively uses digital tools in the role of community watchdog. Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the winner of the NAJA Richard LaCourse Award. All entrants must be NAJA members, however, there is no entry fee for this category.

Judging

Entrants may reduce their entry fees by volunteering to judge another category / division. For each category judged, entrant may be forgiven one entry fee. Volunteers may judge up to four categories and may not judge a category in which they are competing. Any known conflicts of interest and preferences for categories should be submitted using the 2019 NAJA National Native Media Awards Judge Sign-up Form.

2019 NAJA National Native Media Awards – Category Listing and Entry Forms

STUDENT DIVISION
Student Division - Radio / Podcast
Radio / Podcast - Best Feature Story
Radio / Podcast - Best News Story

Student Division - TV
TV - Best Feature Story
TV - Best News Story

Student Division - Print / Online
Print / Online - Best Editorial
Print / Online - Best Sports Story
Print / Online - Best Feature Photo
Print / Online - Best Feature Story
Print / Online - Best News Photo
Print / Online - Best News Story

Student Division - General Excellence
STUDENT DIVISION recognizes currently enrolled students at an accredited university.
STUDENT DIVISION entry form
PROFESSIONAL DIVISION I
Professional Division I - Print / Online
Print / Online - Best Editorial
Print / Online - Best Elder Coverage (cash prize)
Print / Online - Best Environmental Coverage
Print / Online - Best Health Coverage
Print / Online - Best Sports Photo
Print / Online - Best Sports Story
Print / Online - Best Feature Photo
Print / Online - Best Feature Story
Print / Online - Best News Photo
Print / Online - Best News Story

Professional Division I - Print
Print - Best Layout
Print - General Excellence
PROFESSIONAL DIVISION I recognizes Indigenous professionals publishing in outlets with a circulation less than 5,000.
PROFESSIONAL DIVISION I entry form
PROFESSIONAL DIVISION II
Professional Division II – Radio / Podcast
Radio / Podcast - Best Feature Story
Radio / Podcast - Best News Story
Radio / Podcast - General Excellence

Professional Division II - TV
TV - Best Feature Story
TV - Best News Story
TV - General Excellence

Professional Division II - Print
Print - Best Layout
Print - General Excellence

Professional Division II - Online
Online - Best Digital Publication

Professional Division II - Print / Online
Print / Online - Best Column
Print / Online - Best Editorial
Print / Online - Best Elder Coverage (cash prize)
Print / Online - Best Environmental Coverage
Print / Online - Best Health Coverage
Print / Online - Best Sports Story
Print / Online - Best Sports Photo
Print / Online - Best Feature Photo
Print / Online - Best Feature Story
Print / Online - Best News Photo
Print / Online - Best News Story
Print / Online - Excellence in Beat Reporting
PROFESSIONAL DIVISION II recognizes Indigenous professionals publishing in outlets with a circulation between 5,000 - 10,000.
PROFESSIONAL DIVISION II entry form
PROFESSIONAL DIVISION III
Professional Division III – Radio
Radio - Best Feature Story
Radio - Best News Story
Radio - General Excellence

Professional Division III - Podcast
Podcast - Best Feature Story
Podcast - Best News Story
Podcast - General Excellence

Professional Division III - TV
TV - Best News Story
TV - Best Feature Story
TV - General Excellence

Professional Division III - Print (Monthly / Semimonthly)
Print - Best Feature Story
Print - Best News Story
Print - Best Layout
Print - General Excellence

Professional Division III - Print (Daily / Weekly)
Print - Best Feature Story
Print - Best News Story
Print - Best Layout
Print - General Excellence

Professional Division III - Print (Combined Daily / Monthly Categories)
Print - Best Column
Print - Best Sports Photo
Print - Best Sports Story
Print - Best Feature Photo
Print - Best News Photo

Professional Division III - Online
Online - Best News Story
Online - Best Feature Story
Online - Best Digital Publication

Professional Division III - Print / Online
Print / Online - Best Column
Print / Online - Best Editorial
Print / Online - Best Environmental Coverage
Print / Online - Best Health Coverage
Print / Online - Best News Photo
Print / Online - Best Elder Coverage
Print / Online - Excellence in Beat Reporting
PROFESSIONAL DIVISION III recognizes Indigenous professionals publishing in outlets with a circulation greater than 10,000.
PROFESSIONAL DIVISION III entry form
ASSOCIATE DIVISION I
Associate Division I - Print / Online
Print / Online - Best Feature Story
Print / Online - Best News Story
Print / Online - Best Sports Photo
Print / Online - Best Sports Story
Print / Online - Best Coverage of Native America
Print / Online - Best Photo of Native America
Print / Online - Best Environmental Coverage
ASSOCIATE DIVISION I recognizes non-Indigenous professionals publishing in outlets with a circulation less than 5,000.
ASSOCIATE DIVISION I entry form
ASSOCIATE DIVISION II
Print / Online - Best Feature Story
Print / Online - Best News Story
Print / Online - Best Coverage of Native America
Print / Online - Best Sports Photo
Print / Online - Best Sports Story
Print / Online - Best Photo of Native America
Print / Online - Best Environmental Coverage
ASSOCIATE DIVISION II recognizes non-Indigenous professionals publishing in outlets with a circulation between 5,000 - 10,000.
ASSOCIATE DIVISION II entry form
ASSOCIATE DIVISION III
Associate Division III - TV
TV - Best Coverage of Native America

Associate Division III - Radio / Podcast
Radio / Podcast - Best Coverage of Native America

Associate Division III – Print / Online
Print / Online - Best Sports Photo
Print / Online - Best Feature Photo
Print / Online - Best Feature Story
Print / Online - Best News Story
Print / Online - Best Environmental Coverage
Print / Online - Best Coverage of Native America
ASSOCIATE DIVISION III recognizes non-Indigenous professionals publishing in outlets with a circulation greater than 10,000.
ASSOCIATE DIVISION III entry form
NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement AwardNAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award entry form
NAJA Richard LaCourse AwardRichard LaCourse Award for Investigative Reporting entry form
NAJA Elias Boudinot Free Press AwardElias Boudinot Free Press Award
Contest Rules and Judge’s Sign-up FormContest rules and judge's sign up form

Contest Rules and Eligibility Guidelines

  • Contest entries will be accepted through March 31, 2019.
  • Submitted entries must have been published, broadcasted, or posted on or between Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Entries may only be submitted via link – no hard copies will be accepted.
  •  Links to a master Dropbox or Google Drive folder with multiple entries are accepted, however, please provide clear directions to judges for easily locating all entries within any larger folder(s).
  • Entrants submitting a single story from a full issue should include issue information, page number(s), jumps and headline / cutline in the Notes section of the entry form to provide specific location instructions to judges.
  • If an editor or producer is entering the work of an employee at the member rate, the employee must be a current NAJA member or the work will not be considered.
  • Individuals may submit up to five separate entries in any one category, as desired. Entries in multiple categories are encouraged. (Example: In the best news photo category, an individual may submit up to and no more than five different photos to compete against each other, in addition to competing with other outlet or individual submissions.)
  • General excellence awards are for Native American-owned media outlets (tribal media) that are at least 50% Native-owned, managed or controlled.
  • Associate members and non-Native entrants may only enter the Associate Divisions.
  • Only those categories with a minimum of three entries from three or more individuals or organizations will be judged. Categories without the minimum number of entries may be combined, as applicable. NAJA will make all accommodations possible for ensuring entries are included for judging, which may include, but isn’t limited to, combining divisions and categories.
  • Judges have the right to withhold an award if they determine that no entries merit recognition.
  • Judges have the right to transfer entries from one category to another based on their reading of the contest guidelines. Entrants will not be notified of such a transfer prior to the announcement of awards.

Payment Information

  • The early bird entry fee is $25 per entry for professional, associate or tribal members, $10 per entry for student members, and $50 per entry for non-members. Early bird entries will be accepted through March 31.
  • The regular entry fee is $30 per entry for professional, associate or tribal members, $15 per entry for student members and $55 per entry for non-members through the deadline of April 19.
  • Payment will be accepted via credit card, PayPal, check or money order. PayPal will process all credit card payments at the point of sale (you do not have to have a PayPal account to utilize this service).
  • Total payment for multiple entries may be submitted as a single transaction, however, all payments must be received by NAJA on or before the entry deadline in order for the entry be eligible for judging.
  • Checks should be addressed to the Native American Journalists Association: NAJA – OU Gaylord College, 395 W. Lindsey St., Norman, OK 73019.
  • Each entry must have a completed entry form and payment. Only complete entries with full payment received on or before the entry deadline will be judged.
  • NAJA may not issue refunds but will make every attempt to judge all entries submitted, which may result in some categories or divisions being combined to meet the minimum entry requirement.
  •  Entrants may reduce their entry fees by volunteering to judge another category / division. For each category judged, entrant may be forgiven one $25 / $50 entry fee. Volunteers may judge up to four categories and may not judge a category in which they are competing. Any known conflicts of interest or preference for categories should be submitted using the judge’s volunteer sign up form.

For questions about the media awards submissions, volunteer judging or payment, contact NAJA Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships Bryan Pollard at bpollard@naja.com.