"We're back!" Editor Mark Trahant announces the new Indian Country Today
Indian Country Today
At 12:30 est Monday, Indian Country Today editor Mark Trahant, Shoshone Bannock announced to a room filled with attendees of the NCAI Mid-Year Conference and via a Facebook Livestream that "We're Back!"
Trahant also announced that Indian Country Today would also now have a new logo.
"I want to thank NCAI for taking on Indian Country Today, it would have been really easy to say no ... I remember when I would first come to NCAI events, I would bring along a little metal typewriter and be banging out stories ... you think about now and how we are sitting on our phones."
"We are in a point of history where the printing press changed everything, now the cell phone is changing everything. The cell phone is the most powerful vehicle for distribution of news and information that has ever been invented," said Trahant.
Trahant encouraged attendees and viewers online to access www.IndianCountryToday.com on their cellphones and noted that ICT was built with mobile devices in mind.
"Millennials access their mobile devices more than 150 times a day."
Trahant also applauded the new logo, an updated version of the Indian Country Today turtle, which embraced the history of ICT, but also looked forward to today's digital age. The logo was designed by Shon Quannie of 4X Studio in Phoenix.
Trahant discussed the new sections of Indian Country Today, and said ICT, was a "shared resource" meaning tribal news agencies could use ICT's stories and photos for free. In addition to the site, Trahant also offered socks with Indian Country Today's logo as a fundraiser for founders.
Trahant also encouraged people to access Indian Country Today using the Maven news mobile app.
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