The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) is committed to increasing the representation of Indigenous journalists in mainstream media. One of the ways NAJA supports and empowers members is through the annual Native American Journalism Fellowship (NAJF), which is open to current Indigenous, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, First Nations and Métis college students, undergraduate and graduate, pursuing media degrees.
NAJF is an opportunity for students to deepen and broaden their reporting and multimedia skills, while learning from tribal journalists and news industry professionals from across the country.
Under the direction of co-directors Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton (Cherokee) and Frank Robertson (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), student fellows will work with mentors to produce coverage throughout the year. Several visiting mentors will provide specific digital skills training during the onsite newsroom experience.
NAJF Class of 2019
- Taylor Notah, Navajo Nation, Arizona State University
- Hunter Hotulke, Seminole Nation, Rogers State University
- Jaida Grey Eagle, Oglala Lakota Sioux, Institute of American Indian Arts
- Jarrette Werk, A’aaniiihnin of Fort Belknap Montana, University of Nevada Reno
- Benjamin Yazza, Navajo Nation, University of New Mexico
- Lyric Aquino, Tewa, Kent State University
- Arielle Farve, Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma State University
- Caitlin Hunt, Lumbee, Ohio University
- Makayla Sloan, Cherokee Nation, Haskell Indian Nations University
- Taylar Stagner, Eastern Shoshone/Cheyenne-Arapaho, University of Wyoming
- Miranda Stiles, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma State University
Learn more about the 2019 class at http://www.naja.com by clicking the “Native American Journalism Fellowship” tab under the “Students” tab.
About NAJA and Education Pathways
The NAJA Education Committee created NAJA Education Pathways to support Indigenous students pursuing media careers. From initial participation in the fellowship to returning as a mentor and future leader of the organization, NAJA aims to foster professional development for members at every level of their career.
Thanks to the support from sponsors and sustaining members, all student travel expenses including airfare, food and accommodations are covered by NAJA for the newsroom immersion experience.
For more information about the fellowship or the National Native Media Conference, please contact NAJA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strengthen Native Voices, Support NAJA Fellows
The Native American Journalism Fellowship for college students now stands alone as this country’s single most important career pipeline created specifically for aspiring Native American journalists. NAJA is always seeking ways support this critical part of the organization’s mission.
Selected students come from tribal communities and universities across the nation to attend the National Native Media Conference and gain hands-on experience from NAJA mentors, producing coverage of the event and surrounding Native communities.
As part of the fellowship benefits, NAJA covers the cost of all student travel, hotel, training materials and meals during the on-site newsroom experience, in addition to three hours of upper-level course credit through an accredited ACEJMC journalism university.
NAJA provides college scholarships, referrals to professional internships and careers, and supports 10 Fellows from across the U.S. The Fellows run a student newsroom, directed by professional NAJA mentors, producing important coverage of Indian Country.
NAJF student newsroom sponsorships enable more Native American students to pursue careers in media by providing them with hands-on experience. Annual support of NAJA scholars and fellows empowers the unique storytelling skills of Indigenous youth and provides a pipeline of talented professionals for mainstream and tribal media.
Become a Sustaining Member
Organizations can support NAJF by joining NAJA as a Sustaining Institutional Member. Sustaining membership includes annual membership for up to four staff / faculty, in addition to all Indigenous students in the media/journalism college.
Annual subscriptions are $2,000 and include opportunities for input on ethics guides and Native media advisories, webinars or in-person trainings on best practices of media to NAJA groups, listings on the NAJA Job Board and more.