NAJA RED Press Initiative aims to measure health of free press in Indian Country

The Native American Journalists Association is surveying membership and media outlets on freedom of the press through Aug. 17

NORMAN, Oklahoma — The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) is surveying media outlets and reporters from Native American communities, in accordance with the organization’s 2018-2020 strategic plan.


With general operating support from the Ford Foundation, NAJA will produce a comprehensive survey to measure the “health” of free press in Indian Country, assemble a task force of Indigenous journalists and develop a heat map of tribal media and press freedom across the U.S.

The RED Press Initiative will research and report the availability and prevalence of journalistic freedoms in Indian Country and will be implemented in four phases.

NAJA distributed and collected initial surveys during the annual membership luncheon and business meeting on July 19 as part of the 2018 National Native Media Conference in Miami, Florida.

NAJA encourages all members and journalists working in Indian Country to share their experiences by completing the survey. NAJA will randomly select a survey participant to win a $25 Amazon gift card by Aug. 25.