NAJA Calls for 2019 Conference Program Proposals
Deadline for submitting proposals: Feb. 15, 2019

The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) is now accepting program proposals for the 2019 National Native Media Conference in association with the 2019 Native American Nutrition Conference in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The conference program will feature Indigenous media, journalism training, education and knowledge sharing, with a focus on food systems, nutrition and health in Indian Country.

If you have an idea for a conference session and are interested in participating in the conference, review the information below, agree to the terms and submit your proposal form before Feb. 15, 2019.

Conference Schedule
NAJA will determine the date and time that programs are presented Sept. 15-18, 2019. Producers whose programs are accepted will have the opportunity to indicate preferred dates and times, but should prepare programs that could be presented on any of the conference’s three days.
Types of Programs Sought
NAJA seeks program proposals that are informative, educational and training-based. The primary focus of the 2019 National Native Media Conference is to be an educational, skills-building, career-oriented conference. Conference planners seek sessions led by Native journalists teaching in-depth skills and sharing new insights on media in Indian Country. Proposals successfully weaving media and food sovereignty together will be given preference in the program. Attendees of each conference will have the chance to attend some joint meals, events and keynote presentations. Proposals that explore robust data of Native American populations are also encouraged.
How Programs Are Reviewed
NAJA volunteers and staff on the programming committee review program proposals based on originality, relevance, program design, learning objectives, knowledge and experience/qualifications of trainers, and variety of programming overall. Thorough proposals with as much detailed information as possible and are thorough and detailed in their description will stand a better chance of being accepted. NAJA may also consider proposals with regional focus for additional regional programs throughout the year.

If you would like to be involved in the selection process by joining the committee, please contact conference programming committee chairs Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton at or Victoria LaPoe at

Duties of Program Producer
Please do not submit a program proposal if you cannot fulfill the following duties of program producer. If accepted onto the conference program, the person submitting the proposal:
— Does not have to be a speaker/presenter at the conference (but they can be).
— Agrees to serve as the liaison between NAJA staff and volunteers and all session participants. The program producer is responsible for selecting, notifying and communicating with all program speakers / presenters on the panel or workshop and immediately reporting any changes in speaker lineup to NAJA staff.
— Will be responsible for the execution of the session in coordination with NAJA staff.
— Will work with NAJA staff to ensure all speakers associated with the session are registered for the conference by the deadlines given by staff (see speaker expenses below).
— Acknowledges that the failure to respond in a timely manner (3 business days) to NAJA program committee or staff communications regarding the proposed program may result in the forfeiture or replacement of the program.
Speaker Expenses
NAJA is not able to provide honoraria for presenters at the conference. Speakers are responsible for all travel and lodging expenses, in addition to their applicable conference registration fees. The only exception to the registration fee is a speaker who is attending their program only. In that situation, the speaker’s one-day registration is complimentary (no meals are included).
Review and Notification Process
The deadline to submit proposals is Feb. 15, 2019. After the proposal review process is complete, notifications will be sent via email for both accepted and declined proposals.
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