2019 Native American Journalism Fellowship Application
The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) is committed to increasing the representation of Indigenous journalists in mainstream media. One of the ways NAJA supports and empowers members is through the annual Native American Journalism Fellowship (NAJF), which is open to current American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian and First Nations college students, undergraduate and graduate, pursuing media degrees. NAJF is an opportunity for students to deepen and broaden their reporting and multimedia skills, while learning from tribal journalists and news industry professionals from across the country.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2019.

Selected fellows will build their reporting skills during an on-site immersion newsroom experience in Prior Lake, Minnesota, Sept. 12-19, 2019 in coordination with the 2019 National Native Media Conference. The conference will be held in association with the 2019 Native American Nutrition Conference where journalists and experts in food sovereignty, nutrition and health experts will convene to learn best practices for covering Indigenous issues and reporting on health in Native American communities. Fellows will be encouraged to report on relevant program content and explore deeper coverage post-conference in order to complete their fellowship requirements.

Fellows will also have the option of gaining three hours of upper or graduate level internship credit through their respective universities and NAJA.

Selected student fellows may receive:
• Experience in an on-site immersion newsroom during the 2019 National Native Media Conference in Prior Lake, Minnesota Sept. 12-19, 2019.
• Personalized hands-on multimedia training, focused on the student's area of interest
• Professional NAJA mentor
• Resume critiques
• Unique networking and career-building opportunities with members and recruiters from the mainstream, nonprofit and tribal media sectors
• Recommendations for internships, fellowships and media careers upon graduation
• Three hours of upper or graduate level college credit (optional)

NAJA is currently accepting NAJF applications through Feb. 28, 2019.

Application Checklist
Please review the following checklist before completing the application. Students must submit the following in order to satisfy the requirement of a complete application:

___ Biography including area of interest (print, broadcast, online, social media, photojournalism, digital media, journalism education, advertising, public relations, etc.), reason(s) for pursing a career in media and anticipated graduation date (for example: Fall 2019).
___ Link to current photo and permission to use in NAJA media release(s) and promotional materials.
___ Link to current college transcript (can be unofficial copy).
___ Link to at least three writing samples, portfolio (magazines or newspaper clips, tapes, etc.), or other examples of student work such as class essays.
___ Proof of enrollment in a federally or state recognized tribe or band. If not formally enrolled, please provide a letter from a tribal official on tribal letterhead stating the applicant's status or relationship with the federally recognized or state recognized tribe.
___ Link to folder containing all required documents (please ensure there is open access).
___ Completed 2019 NAJF Application.
___ Contact information for at least one professional reference.
___ Letter of recommendation from someone familiar with student's' professional or academic work, such as teachers, editors, producers, professors, academic advisors, etc.
___ Copy of FAFSA report (optional).

Eligibility and Rules
Who should apply? Any current American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian and First Nations college or graduate students pursuing degrees in broadcast, print or digital journalism are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to college juniors, seniors and graduate students. Applicants must be current NAJA members to apply.

Once selected to participate in the program, Fellows will be responsible for the following:
- Attend the on-site newsroom in Prior Lake, Minnesota Sept. 12-19, 2019
- Attend regular e-meetings with assigned mentor via Skype, Hangouts, etc.
- Participate in all planned webinar trainings in advance of the on-site newsroom experience
- Participate in online check-ins / trainings throughout the year
- Write, shoot and edit reporting assignments throughout the year for inclusion on the NAJA Native Voice website
- Secure additional media-focused internships
- Professional conduct: All fellows are required to be at all meetings on time and to act professional. Failure to comply with fellowship rules will result in the dismissed from the program.

With generous support from our sponsors, NAJA covers all fellow travel expenses including: airfare, food and accommodations during the weeklong, on-site newsroom immersion experience. Fellows will have access to all events during the 2019 National Native Media Conference for coverage opportunities. Fellows are asked to provide their own equipment, such as laptops and smartphones, if available. NAJA may also provide equipment for specific training opportunities.

Upon selection, Fellows will be assigned to a professional media mentor. Fellows will be matched with mentors and notified of their application status shortly thereafter, when they will receive story assignments.

Students may visit the NAJA Membership page at: https://naja.wildapricot.org/page-7745 to renew or become a new member. Annual dues are $20 for college students.

The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 28, 2019. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. Applicants will be notified in March 2019 of their application status.

Links are required and designating a specific place they may be accessed by the application review committee, such as a Dropbox or Google Docs folder, is highly recommended.

For questions or inquiries about student-related programs, contact NAJA Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships Bryan Pollard at bpollard@naja.com.

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