Special to The Transcript
VERMILLION, S.D. -- With an eye toward the future and the goals in its new strategic plan, the Native American Journalists Association has accepted an invitation to move to the University of Oklahoma.
NAJA will be housed in the 61,000-square foot Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, which opened in June 2004 and already is undergoing an expansion. The NAJA board of directors saw that as a critical resource.
The association's strategic plan calls for adding staff members to expand and develop educational programs, increase professional development and raise additional funds, among other initiatives. The plan also calls for greater interaction with tribes and Native media, and Oklahoma has both in abundance.
"Moving an organization such as NAJA ahead presents many challenges," said NAJA President Mike Kellogg, a Navajo and publisher of the Stillwater NewsPress. "After debating the proposals, the University of Oklahoma was a good fit for the strategic plan. OU has a doctoral program, which will allow us to benefit from the expertise of their faculty and team with researchers to study journalism issues."
Joe Foote, dean of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, said the journalism school and OU are proud to provide a new home for NAJA.
"President David Boren has made Native issues a priority within the University, and the Gaylord College has launched a variety of journalism education and outreach initiatives that complement NAJA's mission well," Foote said. "I know that Oklahoma's 39 recognized tribes will share our enthusiasm in welcoming NAJA to the state during Oklahoma's centennial year. We appreciate the importance of NAJA's role in journalism and journalism education and are committed to supporting this outstanding organization in any way we can."
In addition to capacity-building and organizational strength, NAJA's strategic plan also calls for recruitment and retention of Native Americans into journalism. The interest, however, is already rising. NAJA currently has 657 members, an all time high for the 23-year-old organization. Nearly half of the organization is made up of students.
Special to The Transcript
- Local news
Sooners come together to serve Native American youth
Whitney Wofford has faced some tough competition as a part of the Oklahoma tennis team. However, on Wednesday, Wofford may have taken on her biggest and most rewarding competition yet at the Sooners For N7 event at the Oklahoma football ...
Norman High Speech and Debate Team wins state championship
Briar White’s heart pounded in his chest as he clasped the hands of several classmates and Booker T. Washington High School was announced as the second-place finisher. White said he was elated to hear second place announced because he ...
General fund continues to decline as expenses exceed anticipated revenues
Norman’s expenses will again outstrip projected revenue in the current budget before the city council. The budget for the fiscal year that starts in July and ends June 30, 2015, projects $210,982,020 in total revenues and $213,436,778 in ...
Norman students accepted to arts institute
OKLAHOMA CITY — Forty-nine Norman high school students have been accepted to the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, an arts academy hosted June 14-29 in southwestern Oklahoma. The Norman students were among 270 artists ...
OU History of Science Department receives Sloan Foundation Grant
The University of Oklahoma History of Science Department has received a $350,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in support of a project to build an innovative tool for collaborative research centered on the 100-year-old Isis ...
Norman High, North named top schools in nation
Norman High and Norman North have once again been identified as two of the most rigorous high schools in the state and nation. The Washington Post’s 2014 Most Challenging High Schools list, the first of annual national high school ...
Oklahoma Water Survey data web portal to be demonstrated next week
A new tool is available from the Oklahoma Water Survey, at the University of Oklahoma, for organizations in the state that collect and use water data. Oklahoma Water Survey Director Robert Puls will demonstrate Phase I of a new water data ...
Norman teachers excited about professional development
Norman Public Schools’ teachers are focused on students and want to take advantage of professional development, Beth Spears, director of Staff Development and Student Achievement, said was the overall response teachers had to a recent ...
Social justice dialogue part of University of Oklahoma program
The University of Oklahoma kicked off Justice Week with a public forum Monday titled “Luis Rodriguez: No en Vano.” Critically acclaimed author, Esmeralda Santiago discussed the “Transformative Power of Art,” while joining five panelists ...
Storm scavengers now could face felony charges
OKLAHOMA CITY— It wasn’t long after a devastating tornado hit Moore last year that scavengers were circling the wreckage. Already reeling, Moore residents had a new concern — fending off looters....
- More Local news Headlines
- Sooners come together to serve Native American youth