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Indigenous News Network Training Next Generation of Native Journalists

The Indigenous News Network, a University of North Dakota, student journalism project will launch this month, and feature the work of Native students.

The Indigenous News Network, a University of North Dakota, student journalism project will launch this month. The site will feature digital journalism produced by Native American college students from across the country.

Amber (Bouret) Guthmiller and Lisa Casarez have been appointed as the network’s first producers. Guthmiller is a recent UND graduate in history and American Indian Studies. Casarez is a senior in Communication and is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation.

The Indigenous News Network is an initiative to recruit, train and prepare the next generation of Native journalists across the United States and Canada. The initiative will publish content on the Web from university and tribal college students.

“We won’t be doing this alone,” Casarez said. “The plan for INN is to use the clinical model for journalism and provide the architecture for a new media production. The model for that product is new media. Think Vice News, AJ Plus, podcasts, iPhone videos, and Now This. News and features produced by students, edited by faculty and posted with the idea of building experience, portfolio examples and real readers.

Students will work with Mark Trahant, the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism, who has extensive experience covering Native American issues for three decades. He is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and a former president of the Native American Journalists Association.

Courtesy Indigenous News Network

Amber Guthmiller is a recent UND graduate in History and American Indian Studies and a producer for the Indigenous News Network.

Call For Writers

Are you an Indigenous College Student who is an aspiring journalist or producer? Do you just like writing and would like to report on a topic or subject you are passionate about? Would you like to be a paid contributor for your reporting, writing, video and audio? Submit your best to the Indigenous News Network (INN), a new multimedia news format published completely online. 

We are currently looking for Indigenous college student writers to produce stories that are relevant to Indian Country from all over the United States and Canada. You do not need to be a communication or journalism major.

The Indigenous News Network is the University of North Dakota’s initiative to recruit, train and prepare the next generation. But we won’t be doing this alone. The plan for INN is to use the clinical model for journalism and provide the architecture for a new media production. The model for that product is new media. Think Vice News, AJ Plus, podcasts, iPhone videos, and Now This. News and features produced by students, edited by faculty and posted with the idea of building experience, portfolio examples and real readers.

Headquartered in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on the University of North Dakota campus, INN will feature well-written and reported articles and multimedia content. We hope to utilize energy and talent from indigenous college students from all over the U.S. and Canada in order to bring awareness to important issues within the many communities, reservations, states and provinces across North America.

A survey done by the American Society of News Editors only identified 118 Native Americans are working in newsrooms (U.S.) nationwide, which is 0.36 percent of industry jobs. INN will focus on training the next generation of indigenous journalists in order to help increase representation of Indigenous peoples in all areas of media, as well as work to become a solid, reliable source of indigenous news. 

All student writer/contributor’s will be compensated for every article at freelance rates. If you are interested please email indigenousnewsnetwork@gmail.com, or contact us on our Facebook page. We’re looking for great stories about state and federal politics, tribal government, business, language and culture, environment, technology and science.

We’re eager to hear your story ideas.