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2023 National Native Media Conference

8/10/2023 - 8/12/2023


2023 National Native Media Conference

The Native American Journalists Association will host the 2023 National Native Media Conference Aug. 10-12 at the Delta Hotel and RBC Convention Center in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba.

This year marks 40 years that Indigenous journalists have worked to support and sustain NAJA. Originally formed as the Native American Press Association in 1983, the name changed in 1990, to be more inclusive of broadcast journalists. The organization has grown from just a handful of reporters to a membership of nearly 1,000, which includes Indigenous journalists, funders, educators and partners across the United States and Canada.

“I’m honored that the board voted in favor of bringing NAJA back to its roots. We have been floating the idea of hosting the conference in Canada again since 2019. This organization was founded by journalists from both sides of the medicine line and I am proud to see us carry on that legacy,” NAJA President Francine Compton said.

Winnipeg is home to Compton and a place that became a cornerstone of Indigenous journalism.

“A foundation was built here by APTN and CBC Indigenous. I can’t wait for everyone to see that. I look forward to hosting our members and industry friends in Winnipeg in 2023,” she said.

Conference Program Proposals
The call for National Native Media Conference proposals is has been extended to March 24. Applicants will be notified by early June.

NAJA will facilitate conference program sessions about best practices in Indigenous media, training and workshops to support and enhance the knowledge and skills of journalists covering Indigenous communities.

NAJA seeks program proposals that are informative, educational and training-based, led by Indigenous journalists teaching in-depth skills and sharing new insights on media. Proposals that explore data of Indigenous populations are also encouraged.

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8/10/2023 - 8/12/2023

August 10-12

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