2015 Native Media Summit Set for March 26-27 in Norman, OK

2015 Native Summit

NORMAN, OKLAHOMA — NAJA, Gaylord College and Vision Maker Media will host the 2015 Native Media Summit March 26-27 at the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication in Norman, Okla. Content is aimed at advancing Native newsrooms, with a focus on Oklahoma tribes.

Lunch will be provided for attendees during the event on Friday. Attendees should RSVP online in advance to ensure an accurate food count.

The annual tribal media event will be held in coordination with the 2015 OU AISA Spring Contest Pow-Wow on Saturday, March 28.

The Society of Professional Journalists will also host the SPJ Region 8 Conference, themed “Best Practices,” March 28 at OU Gaylord College. All summit participants are invited to attend the SPJ casual cash bar reception at Sooner Legends hotel beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, March  27, 2015.

Speakers will include journalists and other media professionals, focused on best practices in reporting, writing, social media, ethics and campaign finance investigations, among other topics. Tickets are available for purchase online via Eventbrite.

2015 Native Media Summit Agenda

Thursday, March 26

6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Native Media Summit Reception

7:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Welcome from NAJA

7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Screening of OETA’s Native Oklahoma

8:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Native Oklahoma Q&A with Darren Brown and Randy Burleson from Cheyenne Arapaho TV (CATV47)

8:30 p.m. Close

Friday, March 27

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Registration 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Adapting NAJA Free Press Templates to Your Tribal Law

Explore current examples of how tribal newsrooms have shaped free press legislation and FOIA for use in accordance with their tribal governments. NAJA Free Press Committee members will discuss the 11 essential elements of an independent press and answer questions about how existing models can be adapted to meet Native newsrooms’ needs.

Presenters: Kevin R. Kemper (Choctaw/Cherokee), NAJA Legal Hotline for Journalists; Shannon Shaw-Duty (Osage), Osage News; Bryan Pollard (Cherokee), Cherokee Phoenix

Moderator: Joey Senat, FOI Oklahoma

11 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. The Role of Tribal Media in the Revitalization of Native Languages

Tribal media is a powerful tool for the use of Native language in a modern context. Whether it is in print, on the web or on the airwaves, tribal media outlets have the technology and capacity to reach tribal communities in their native language. The ability to leverage tribal media platforms to perpetuate language usage and education not only adds irreplaceable value to the tribal media product with a unique service to their audience, but also plays an important role in ensuring the vitality of the language to younger generations. This presentation will provide examples of how tribal media can use technology to keep their language vital.

Presenters: Roy Boney and David Crawler, Cherokee Nation Language Program; Dennis Sixkiller, Cherokee Voice, Cherokee Sounds Radio Show; Bryan Pollard and Mark Dreadfulwater, Cherokee Phoenix; Brian Brashier, KCNP – Chickasaw Nation

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch Session – TBD

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Social Media Tools and Strategies

How are you branding your site or yourself as a distinctive news source? Join the conversation on how to get the most traction from Twitter, Facebook and other social sites. This session looks at the promise and pitfalls of these communication tools. Presenters will share tips on how to separate yourself from the pack in terms of marketing your brand, and engage the audience in a Q&A session.

Presenters: Eric Martin, Vision Maker Media; Julie Jones, Gaylord College; Amanda Clinton (Cherokee), Cherokee Nation Businesses

2:45p.m. – 4 p.m. Utilizing Social & Digital Media to Provide Authentic Indigenous Representation within Mainstream Media

Join this roundtable discussion on how social and digital media are being used to combat negative misconceptions of indigenous people and culture while allowing for Native perspectives to be recognized and included in mainstream media discussions. A Q&A session focused on advocacy, social justice, Native stereotypes / mascots will follow.

Presenters: Johnnie Jae Morris (Choctaw/Otoe-Missouria), Native Max Magazine; Sarah Adams Cornell (Choctaw)

4:15 p.m. Close

Saturday March 28

12 p.m. OU AISA Contest Powwow at Lloyd Noble Center

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