Native American Journalists Association 25th Anniversary Conference

As a part of my work with Native Public Media, I joined Executive Director Loris Taylor, as a presenter at the 25th Anniversary NAJA Conference.

The theme for the 2009 NAJA National Convention was ”   NAJA : 25 years Yesterday’s Storytellers Today’s Journalists.” The conference began on Thursday Evening July 30th with an opening reception and two full days of convention activities on Friday July 31 and Saturday August 1st.

At the Reception on Saturday evening, many Native Journalists and photographers were honored with awards, including Phoenix’s own Debra Krol from the Heard Museum.

For the Native Public Media presentation on Saturday afternoon, Loris Taylor gave a strategic overview and history of NPM.  I followed up her presentation with a review of the preliminary findings of the Blueprint Technology Survey (see below) and an overview of NPM’s policy positions.

This event was terrific! We saw folks from Native papers and media from all over the country.  Even more exciting were all the student journalists who participated; they are carrying on the important work of NAJA!

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