NAJA Student Chapter Application
The Native American Journalists Association has more than 500 members across the nation. These members are the backbone of our operations.

Why a NAJA student chapter?

Chapter development is one way NAJA engages students, professionals, associates and supporters from academic, nonprofit and corporate sectors, empowering them to attain the highest ethical standards for reporting on Indian Country.

Our student chapter members are at the core of our efforts to develop the next generation of storytellers in Indian Country. We will support and encourage our student chapter members to further the NAJA mission in their communities, attend our annual conference, apply for our Native American Journalism Fellowship, and apply for our scholarships. Our goal is increase the Native voice in the media industry, and we will support our students to further their professional goals.
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How to Become a NAJA Student Chapter
Complete the affiliate application form below and submit according to the instructions. NAJA requires an online/phone interview with the potential president or advisor prior to student chapter approval. Chapter representatives should contact NAJA Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships Bryan Pollard at and NAJA Education Chair Victoria LaPoe at to set up an interview during the application process.


All NAJA chapters should follow journalistic ethics codes, including the Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics in addition to the NAJA style guides that specifically address coverage of Indian Country. Reporting guides may be found at and are updated regularly.
Approval of Chapter and Annual Audit
Approval of Chapter

NAJA Board of Directors will vote to approve or deny any submitted student chapter applications during the next available monthly meeting on a rolling basis.

Notice of Annual Audit (Requirement once approved as chapter)

Once a chapter earns affiliate status, it must complete and submit an annual chapter audit to the national office to maintain affiliate status. See annual audit information in section 3 of this form. Chapters are required to submit completed audit forms to NAJA by March 1 annually.
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