NAJA announces 2022 Native American Journalism Fellows

The Native American Journalists Association selects Indigenous fellows for virtual curriculum

NORMAN, Okla. – The Native American Journalists Association has selected seven students for the Native American Journalism Fellowship (NAJF) class of 2022. 

The 2022 class of fellows will participate in a virtual curriculum with selected mentors representing broadcast, radio, print and digital media. This innovative experience will be designed to leverage the advantages of a digital newsroom while allowing fellows to strengthen reporting skills, pitch stories to news outlets, participate in the National Native Media Conference, and network with other Indigenous journalists.

Introducing the NAJF Class of 2022!

Lyric Aquino
New York University
Grace Benally
Arizona State University
Valentin Contreras
(Pala Band of Mission Indians and IIPAY Nation of Santa Ysabel)
California State University
Carrie Lynn Johnson
(Chickasaw and Pawnee)
Austin College
McKayla Lee
University of Montana 
Lindsay McCoy
(Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians)
Michigan State University
Priscilla Wolf
University of Regina

Fellows will be eligible to receive three hours of college credit at the undergraduate or graduate level through their respective universities. 

Mentors for the Class of 2022 include: 

  • Pauly Denetclaw, Diné, Indian Country Today (ICT)
  • Tristan Ahtone, Kiowa, Grist
  • Tripp J Crouse, Ojibwe, 90.3 FM KNBA
  • Shondiin Silversmith, Navajo, Arizona Mirror
  • Frank Blanquet, Maya, FNX | First Nations Experience

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