Published March 11, 2019
NORMAN, Okla. — The Native American Journalists Association will recognize outstanding coverage of Indian Country during the 2019 NAJA National Native Media Awards. The annual competition recognizes excellence in reporting by Indigenous and non-Indigenous journalists across the US and Canada.
The early bird entry fee is $25 per entry for professional, associate or tribal members, $10 per entry for student members, and $50 per entry for non-members. Early bird entries will be accepted through March 31.
The regular entry fee is $30 per entry for professional, associate or tribal members, $15 per entry for student members and $55 per entry for non-members through April 19.
View awards rules and payment information here
Associate Division I – (Circulation below 5,000)
Associate Division II – (Circulation 5,000 – 10,000)
Associate Division III – (Circulation above 10,000)
Professional Division I – (Circulation below 5,000)
Professional Division II – (Circulation 5,000 – 10,000)
Professional Division III – (Circulation above 10,000
Review awards categories and entry forms here
NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award
The 2019 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award recognizes important contributions made by journalists in the past, as well as encourages the new generation of Native journalists to achieve career excellence. This 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 winner of the NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award will receive $5,000 from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. NAJA will present the 2019 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement Award during the NAJA Membership Luncheon and Business Meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. All entrants must be NAJA members, however, there is no entry fee for this category and there is no cost to nominate a member for this award.
NAJA Elias Boudinot Free Press Award
The NAJA Elias Boudinot Free Press Award recognizes a publication or media outlet that has shown dedication and commitment to upholding freedom of the press, information and transparency in Indian Country. All entrants must be NAJA members, however, there is no entry fee for this category and there is no cost to nominate a member for this award
NAJA Richard LaCourse Award
The NAJA Richard LaCourse Award for Investigative Journalism honors groundbreaking work by a Native American journalist or a team that creatively uses digital tools in the role of community watchdog. Special consideration is given to journalism that helps a community understand and address important issues. A $500 cash prize will be awarded to the winner of the NAJA Richard LaCourse Award. All entrants must be NAJA members, however, there is no entry fee for this category.
Tntrants may reduce their entry fees by volunteering to judge another category / division. For each category judged, entrant may be forgiven one entry fee. Volunteers may judge up to four categories and may not judge a category in which they are competing. Any known conflicts of interest and preferences for categories should be submitted using the judge’s sign-up form.
View judge’s sign-up form here