Duncan McCue selected as 2023 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award recipient

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Journalism professor, former CBC journalist to be recognized during 2023 NAJA Membership Meeting Aug. 11

NORMAN, Oklahoma — The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) has selected Duncan McCue (Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario) as the recipient of the 2023 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award.

The award honors NAJA’s mission and the exemplary people who have led the way with outstanding work and contributions to the field of journalism. The award recognizes important contributions made by journalists in the past, as well as encourages the new generation of Indigenous journalists to achieve career excellence.

McCue is a leading advocate for fostering the connection between journalism and Indigenous communities. 

“Medill is delighted to recognize Duncan’s efforts to foster trust between journalists and members of the Indigenous community,” Medill Dean Charles Whitaker said. “His career achievements reflect a deep dedication to inclusive storytelling and his experiences will have a profound effect on the next generation of journalists.”

An award-winning CBC broadcaster, he recently released a new textbook ‘Decolonizing Journalism: A Guide to Reporting in Indigenous Communities’ and is joining Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication as an associate professor specializing in Indigenous journalism.

McCue has been with CBC News for 25 years. In addition to hosting CBC Radio One’s ‘Cross Country Checkup,’ he has been a longstanding correspondent for CBC-TV’s flagship news show, ‘The National.’ McCue will continue to maintain an association with CBC after he joins Carleton.

“It gives me comfort to know that people like Duncan are out there holding our industry accountable and providing a framework for how to accurately and ethically cover our communities,” NAJA President Graham Lee Brewer said. “There is still so much work to be done, and Duncan’s efforts to train and inspire the next generation of Indigenous journalists also gives me hope that his good work will continue for many years to come.” 

McCue will be recognized during the NAJA Membership Meeting Aug. 11 as part of the 2023 National Native Media Conference at the RBC Convention Center in downtown Winnipeg Aug. 10-12.

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