The Indigenous Journalists Association (IJA) in partnership with The Oklahoman, part of the USA Today Network, announced a year-long program designed to give one to two early-career Indigenous journalists a well-rounded grounding in real-world journalism.
The Oklahoman is seeking applicants for its third annual Native American Journalism Fellowship program. Fellows rotate through a variety of disciplines, working with seasoned reporters and editors to learn how to source-build, develop beats, cover breaking news and politics, and shoot photos and video. The rotations typically vary from 1 to 3 months. At least one rotation will focus on arts and culture coverage. The fellows will also learn expert tips on SEO and using social media to report and promote their work.
The Oklahoman’s goal is to give fellows the experience they need to excel in any size newsroom. At the end of the program newsroom leaders will work with fellows to find and secure a full-time reporting position within the USA Today Network or elsewhere.
The Oklahoman and IJA will also provide training to help the fellows grow and mature as journalists.
Interested candidates can apply online here.
The fellowship program is supported by the Kirkpatrick Foundation.
About the Indigenous Journalists Association
The Indigenous Journalists Association’s mission is centered on the idea that accurate and contextual reporting about Indigenous people and communities is necessary to overcome biases and stereotypes portrayed in popular and mainstream media. Expanding access to accurate news and information is essential to an informed citizenry and healthy democracy, across tribal, local, state and national levels.
For more than 40 years, Indigenous journalists across the United States and Canada have worked to support and sustain IJA. Originally formed as the Native American Press Association in 1983, the organization has grown from just a handful of reporters to a membership of nearly 900, which includes Indigenous journalists, associates, educators and partners.