NAJA National Native Media Conference set for Aug. 25-27, 2022

Native American Journalists Association’s annual conference to be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix and Arizona State University in 2022

Registration & Special EventsAgendaSilent AuctionAwardsElectionsCOVID Sponsors

PHOENIX — The Native American Journalists Association will host the National Native Media Conference Aug. 25-27, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Special events and programs will also be hosted at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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 Turtle Island. The conference program will feature Indigenous media professional development and address evolving COVID-19 coverage and best practices through training and workshops to support journalists covering Indigenous communities.  


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Registration for the 2022 National Native Media Conference is open for attendees and exhibitor registration is closed. Register here.

Attendees will be required to upload vaccine verification at registration. 

NAJA will also offer content on-demand to members and attendees through a custom virtual event platform after the conference. 

Special Events 

Sessions will be led by Indigenous journalists teaching in-depth skills and sharing new insights on media across Turtle Island. Registration includes sessions, keynote presentations and Opening Night Reception. Daily breakfast is included, however, special meal event tickets must be purchased seperately.

Tickets for the NAJA Membership Meeting and Business Luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 25 are available for purchase for $75 for members and non-members. NAJA will present the 2022 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award during the luncheon and an informal meet-and-greet with NAJA Board of Directors candidates will follow.

Tickets to the National Native Media Awards Banquet on Saturday, Aug. 27 are available for purchase for $100. Banquet tickets must be purchased separately from registration. For more information, email:

Celebrate local Indigenous culture, the work of fellow NAJA members across the U.S., and Canada and support Indigenous journalism by bidding at the silent auction, which benefits NAJA scholarships.

View the agenda here.

Silent Auction

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NAJA is now accepting donations for the 2022 National Native Media Conference Silent Auction on Saturday, Aug. 27 during the annual National Native Media Awards Banquet. 

This year, NAJA is introducing a new auction site to enhance the bidding process, which will open Aug. 20. All proceeds support scholarships for Indigenous students pursuing media careers and the items can be previewed here.

Suggested donations include: Indigenous art, clothing, jewelry and beaded items. Unique items are welcome and all donations are 100 percent tax-deductible. Donors should include a description of their donated items, estimated value and high-resolution image(s) as outlined in the 2022 NAJA Silent Auction Donation Form

Donors may submit items for the auction, either in-person during the event or by shipping in advance.

2022 National Native Media Awards

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The Native American Journalists Association will recognize outstanding coverage of Turtle Island during the 2022 NAJA National Native Media Awards. The annual competition recognizes excellence in reporting by Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists across Turtle Island. View the winners and more information here.


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Elections will be held online and in-person Aug. 20-27 for the board of directors. In-person voting will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., local time during the conference and an informal candidate forum will follow the NAJA Membership Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 12-2 p.m.

For online voting, eligible NAJA members will receive a unique link in the email associated with their membership. View more information and the candidates here.


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The NAJA Conference Planning Committee is monitoring developments with COVID-19 and continues to follow CDC and WHO guidelines for in-person gatherings. Attendees will be required to provide vaccine verification and wear masks to all in-person conference events. NAJA will supply masks, and provide hand sanitizer stations throughout the event.


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