Reporting Guides

The Indigenous Media Guides will help reporters meet these standards by providing a context checklist to consider when reporting on First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

The IJA Tribal Nations Media Guide encourages reporters and editors to learn about the complexities of Indigenous nations and their varied communities.

The Indigenous Journalists Association developed this guide for newsrooms reporting on the U.S. Supreme Court cases McGirt v. Oklahoma and Sharp v. Murphy that presented questions about criminal jurisdiction over Indians in parts of Eastern Oklahoma.

IJA encourages journalists to consider the safety of victims, minors, families and tribal communities when reporting on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in Indian Country. Journalists must not only analyze the statistics but also explore the personal and historical narrative within their VAWA coverage.

This brief guide provides best practices when reporting on ICWA for journalists that might not usually cover the topic. IJA does not advocate a stance on specific issues, but we do advocate for the principles of ethical journalism in coverage of Indigenous communities.

This guide on terminology is designed to promote accurate phrasing when it comes to the coverage of Indigenous people and expected to accompany “100 Questions, 500 Answers: A Guide To Native America” as well as pre-existing stylebooks.

IJA encourages news organizations to find multiple, appropriate experts when reporting. Good sourcing in Indi communities includes multiple voices and viewpoints and rarely does one voice speak for all.

This guide recommends best practices to reporters and media outlets when covering the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and other similar actions nationally.

The Indignenous Journalists Association has compiled tips for journalists covering situations where arrests are a potential hazard.

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