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Partnership to Increase Coverage of Native American Communities

Mar 10, 2020

Nieman Lab has a story about a new partnership between Report for America and the Native American Journalists Association.  The story said the organizations will collaborate to support 19 journalists in the next year. They will cover Native American and Indigenous communities in the United States

The article said mainstream news outlets typically pay little attention to Native Americans, and when they do, indigenous people are more often the subject of reporting than its target audience. 

Report for America describes itself as being dedicated to saving journalism. Its website says leaders from both the journalism and national service worlds have come together around this big vision.

The Shop Talk panelists said Report for America follows the example of Teach for America, which is trying to bring more teachers to underserved communities.  The panelists said Native American communities deserve more coverage and they applaud the attempt to provide it.

Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues.  This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.

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