NAJA Roundtables

The Native American Journalists Association is hosting a series of roundtable discussions to enhance understanding and awareness of the unique challenges and opportunities when covering Indigenous communities.

Produced by NAJA associate director Bryan Pollard, the series will highlight important issues affecting Indigenous people and communities, and examine best approaches to ensure accurate and fair reporting of stories that all too often go unreported.

New installments in this series will be announced through the NAJA newsletter, website and social media, and are open to the public. NAJA Roundtables will feature NAJA members and other experts close to the stories discussed, and questions from the audience in attendance are encouraged.

All roundtables will be recorded, and videos will be posted to this page and the NAJA YouTube channel for public reference.

Join moderator Mary Hudetz (Seattle Times) as she leads a discussion about the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic in Navajo Nation with Diné journalists covering this important story.

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Join NAJA partners Mathison and the Asian American Journalists Association in a discussion about best practices for finding new job opportunities during the pandemic.

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Join host Graham Lee Brewer as he moderates a discussion about the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the McGirt v. Oklahoma decision and feature discussions with Indigenous journalists and attorneys near this story, and the challenges they’ve encountered reporting on the ruling and its implications.

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Join Francine Compton (APTN) for this panel that focuses on an investigation launched by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network investigative team that uncovered systemic abuse of Indigenous youth, and led to an independent inquiry into police practices.

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Join panel moderator Jourdan Bennett-Begaye (Indian Country Today) as we discuss the problem of health departments not including Native Americans in their racial demographic data even in areas with high numbers of Native residents. This reinforces the "invisibility" of these communities that were already at risk during a global pandemic. The panel will discuss how journalists might navigate these barriers to ensure inclusive, contextual and responsible coverage of the pandemic and its impact on Indigenous people and communities.

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