Nov. 22,  2011
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Native American Journalists Association Weekly Newsletter





Greetings NAJA members,

As we go into this holiday weekend, let us remember those who came before us and remember the things they gave up so we could be here.  It is a time to reflect on those sacrifices and also be amongst our families to thank them for everything they have done for us as well.  I like to thank our NAJA members for your support of our organization as we go into this UNITY year.  It is a time for us to all come together and support one another in our diverse community.  The NAJA Board of directors would like to wish you all a wonderful time with your families.



Rhonda LeValdo, President




NAJA welcomes new board members!



The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) board of directors is pleased to welcome two new board members.


Mary Hudetz is a member of the Crow Tribe and an editor on The

Associated Press' West Regional Desk in Phoenix, where she files daily spot and breaking news to the news cooperatives state and national wires. In 2010, Hudetz served as a mentor on the NAJA student projects in Minneapolis. She also taught the past two years at AIJI.


Robert L. Ortiz, is an enrolled member of the Taos Pueblo Indian Tribe, in Taos Pueblo, NM. Ortiz is currently employed with the 'The Southern Ute Drum' the tribal newspaper of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, in Ignacio, Colorado for 11 years and is the Composition Technician, in charge of production - design and layout of the newspaper.

Ortiz also works at the tribal radio station KSUT 91.3 FM hosting a weekly radio show. He has served on the Johnson O'Malley Committee and had served as Chairman and regular board member while with JOM for 7 years.


Both Hudetz and Ortiz will start their terms immediately.




Excellence in Journalism Conference


SPJ and the Radio Television Digital News Association are accepting program proposals for the 2012 Excellence in Journalism conference, Sept. 20-22 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 


Proposals examples should include the following:

  • Leading edge information
  • Emphasize training, learning and performance
  • Are how-to and hands-on
  • Focus on skill-building
  • Provide personal development strategies
  • Comprise no more than two presenters

Submit ideas by Jan. 12, 2012. The form can also be found here.




Poynter Webinar to simplify the complicated



The Secret of Making Complicated Facts Easy Reading is the latest and last Webinar in the Poynter Writing Series.

Join acclaimed author Roy Peter Clark for this one-hour and 15-minute Webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 7. This Webinar is for writers, editors, publishers and others looking to write complex information with clarity. 


You'll learn:

  • How to use shorter words and sentences at the points of greatest complexity
  • How to use the tools of punctuation to create pace and space
  • How to write in a way that moves the reader steadily through the material
  • How to write in a way that conveys not just meaning, but impact
  • How to translate jargon into plain English
  • How to understand the three important reasons for slowing down the reader

The cost of this one hour and 15-minute Webinar, offered at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, Dec. 7, is $29.95.  




Scholarships for full-time journalists



RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS invites all journalists to apply to its Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program. The scholarships give full-time journalists up to $5,000 to take any college religion courses at any accredited institution at any time.


Religion headlines are dominating news coverage-sex abuse, religion and politics, Islam in America, Post-9/11- now is the perfect time to dig deeper into today's hottest stories. 


Topics reporters have studied include: Islamic Movements, God & Politics, Christianity and Culture, Religious Tradition and Scientific Inquiry, Buddhism and Science, Violence and Liberation, Religion and Medicine and many more. 


The next scholarship application deadline is Jan. 1, 2012. Scholarships must be used within three academic quarters of their award date. 

Direct questions to Amy Schiska at 573-355-5201 ext. 3#, or


RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS offers training and tools to help journalists cover religion with balance, accuracy and insight.




Kiplinger Social Media Fellowship


The 25 journalists selected for the fellowship will spend April 15-20, 2012, on the Ohio State campus in Columbus. They'll be immersed in an intensive, hands-on week of training, focused on using social media to build a following, develop sources and cover their beats. Shop talk includes Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, video, deep Web searches, public records and data journalism.


The Kiplinger Foundation pays for the training as well as a travel stipend, lodging and several meals.


Visit for details, or complete the online applicationApplication deadline: Dec. 31, 2011


Contact: Lauren Boyd, University Communications, Ohio State University, 614-292-4373 or email




Don't forget to renew your membership if you haven't yet! You can now prorate your renewal through March 1. 



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Jeff Harjo
Native American Journalists Association