NORMAN -- The Native American Journalists Association is committed to increasing the representation of Indigenous journalists in mainstream media.

One way its supports and empowers members is through the annual Native American Journalism Fellowship, which is open to current Indigenous, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, First Nations and M�tis college students, undergraduate and graduate students pursuing media degrees.

Applications for the fellowship will be accepted through April 30. Selected fellows will build reporting skills in an on-site newsroom experience during the 2021 National Native Media Conference set for Sept. 16-18 in Phoenix.

Attendance during all days of the NAJF Student Newsroom (Sept. 13-19) is mandatory for all fellows, and the NAJA Education Committee will continue to evaluate COVID-19 travel logistics and announce updates as conditions warrant.

In partnership with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, NAJA will facilitate a conference program featuring best practices in Indigenous media, training and workshops to support and enhance the knowledge and skills of journalists covering Indian Country. Fellows will be encouraged to report on relevant program content and explore deeper coverage post-conference in order to complete their fellowship requirements.

The fellowship provides 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.

Under the direction of co-directors Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton (Cherokee) and Frank Robertson (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), student fellows will work with mentors to produce coverage throughout the year. Several visiting mentors will provide specific digital skills training during the onsite newsroom experience.

Thanks to the support from sponsors and sustaining members, all student travel expenses including airfare, food and accommodations are covered by NAJA for the newsroom immersion experience.

For information about the fellowship or the National Native Media Conference, email contact@naja.com.