CN citizen wins NAJA scholarship

BY STAFF REPORTS
07/15/2020 02:30 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Zane Gosaduisga Meyer-Thornton
OKLAHOMA CITY – Cherokee Nation citizen Zane Gosaduisga Meyer-Thornton is one of five students to earn a Native American Journalists Association 2020-21 scholarship to help him pursue a media career.

Accroding to a NAJA press release, Meyer-Thornton is a visual journalist living in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He attends Western Kentucky University and is pursuing a degree in photojournalism with a minor in sociology, which he expects to complete by May 2022, the release states. It also states that he believes visuals are the most effective and immediate way to transfer and receive messages, and wants to use this power to document the world’s joys, sorrows and complex issues.

Joining Meyer-Thornton as NAJA scholarship recipients are:

• Taylor Bennett-Begaye, Diné, University of Denver in Colorado,

• Chad Locklear, Lumbee / Tuscarora, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill,

• Thomas Manglona, Northern Mariana Islands, Stanford University, and  

• Miranda Stiles, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma State University.

According to the release, the 2020 NAJA-Facebook Scholarship recipients were announced July 10 via livestream on the NAJA Facebook page.

NAJA partnered with the Facebook Journalism Project to establish the NAJA Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship in 2018 to support quality journalism that strengthens and connects communities, according to the release.

The release also states that NAJA will award $250,000 in scholarships through the Facebook Journalism Project. Students who applied but were not selected in 2020 are encouraged to re-apply in the future.

According to the release, the scholarships are one way NAJA supports Indigenous journalism at every stage of members’ careers. NAJA student members can also apply for the annual Native American Journalism Fellowship, NBC News Summer Internships and other training opportunities throughout the year.

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