NAJA announces 2018 National Native Media Award winners

The Native American Journalists Association will recognize members with awards for excellence in covering Indian Country during National Native Media Conference in Miami July 18-21.

NORMAN, Okla. — The Native American Journalists Association will present more than 230 awards recognizing members’ coverage of Indian Country during the 2018 NAJA National Native Media Awards Banquet in association with the 2018 NAHJ Convention in Miami, Florida July 18-21.

The annual competition recognizes excellence in reporting by Native and non-Native journalists across the US and Canada. NAJA received more than 500 entries across the following categories:

2018 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award

NAJA will present the 2018 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award to Mary Annette Pember during the NAJA Membership Luncheon and Business Meeting on Thursday, July 19. Luncheon tickets are $50 each and may be purchased online through the conference registration site.

2018 NAJA Richard LaCourse Award

NAJA will present the 2018 NAJA Richard LaCourse Award during the NAJA National Native Media Awards Banquet on Saturday, July 21 where Trahant will be the keynote speaker. Banquet tickets are $85 each and may be purchased online through the conference registration site.

Division winners will also be recognized during the banquet. Winners who are unable to attend the banquet and pick up their awards in person may request to have awards shipped to them at cost. For direct shipping, please email RebeccaLandsberry@naja.com and include your name, outlet, shipping address and the list of awards to be shipped. Please include division, category, outlet and recipient name for each.

Please submit any requested award corrections via email with the winner’s division, category, outlet, name and corrected information no later than Friday, June 15.

NAJA thanks all of the 2018 judges, their outlets and organizations for the donation of time and expertise spent on making this year’s awards possible:

  • The Society of Professional Journalists
  • Dr. Rebecca Tallent, The University of Idaho
  • Rhonda LeValdo, Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Dalton Walker, Au-Authm Action News
  • Jennifer Bell, Hownikan
  • Darren Brown, CATV47
  • Ramona Marozas, CBS 3 Duluth
  • Jeff Gammage, The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Tara Gatewood, Native America Calling
  • Julian NoiseCat, The Guardian / CBC
  • Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton, Freelance
  • Mark Fogarty, Freelance
  • Debra Krol, Freelance
  • Bill Reader, Ohio University
  • Elizabeth Hendrickson, Ohio University
  • Craig Freeman, Oklahoma State University
  • Ron Turner, Retired 
  • Rebecca Blatt, Arizona State University
  • Brian Bull, KLCC
  • Steve Crane, Arizona State University
  • Sharyn Obsatz, Santa Monica College
  • Toni Smith, Northern Arizona University
  • Judith Siers-Poisson, Wisconsin Public Radio
  • Zach Maxwell, The Leader (Houston, TX)
  • Terri Hansen, Yes! Magazine
  • Nicky Ouellet, Montana Public Radio
  • Tim Wohlers, Hocak Worak
  • Mary K Bowannie, University of New Mexico; Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
  • Jennifer Chancellor, Hownikan
  • Beth Parke, Society of Environmental Journalists
  • Michelle Alfini, KBJR 7
  • Cole Premo, WCCO-TV
  • Brielle Bredsten, Aitkin Independent Age 

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