Native American Journalism Fellowship



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.


Apply now for the 2019 Native American Journalism Fellowship


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.