Native American Journalism Fellowship

The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) selected six first-year and five returning fellows to join the Native American Journalism Fellowship (NAJF) class of 2019.

The students come from tribal communities and colleges across the nation and will attend the 2019 National Native Media Conference at the Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake, Minn. The fellows will work in a newsroom with selected mentors representing broadcast, radio, print and online media.

Introducing the 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



Fellows will participate in three webinars prior to the newsroom experience and can receive 3 hours of college credit at the undergraduate or graduate-level through their respective universities.

Learn more about the 2019 class at by clicking the “Native American Journalism Fellowship” tab under the “Students” tab.

Under the direction of co-directors Victoria LaPoe (Cherokee), Frank Robertson (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), and Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton (Cherokee), 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.

  • Darren Brown, CATV47
  • Frank Blanquet, First Nations Experience
  • Allison Herrera, Public Radio International
  • Kiliii Yüyan, National Geographic


About NAJA and the Education Pathways

NAJA serves and empowers Indigenous journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich media and promote Native American cultures.

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




Strengthen Native Voices, Support NAJA Fellows


About NAJA and the Native American Journalism Fellowship

The Native American Journalists Association empowers more than 500 members representing tribal, nonprofit, freelance and mainstream media professionals in promoting accurate coverage of Indian Country, supporting newsroom diversity and defending challenges to free press, speech and expression.

NAJA addresses these challenges by fostering the development of new talent and mobilizing a powerful membership network towards critical and relevant issues facing Indian Country.


NAJF_logo_transparencyAbout the Fellowship

NAJA’s annual student training program has become a cornerstone in the organization’s commitment to raising the next generation of storytellers.

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.

The fellowship pairs students with professional journalists who provide personalized academic and professional mentorship to each student. Students and mentors also gain hands-on training during the week-long newsroom immersion experience in coordination with NAJA’s annual national conference.


Funding Needs

The Native American Journalists Association is seeking support for the Native American Journalism Fellowship.

At nearly $5,000 per fellow, 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.

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.


Sponsor NAJA Students

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.

Your sponsorship enables more Native American students to pursue careers in media by providing them with hands­on experience in the newsroom. 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 NAJA as a Sustaining Institutional Member and receive annual membership for up to four staff I faculty.

One-year 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.