Annual Native American Newspaper Career Conference
Scheduled at Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota
100 Native American high school and college students are being
recruited to attend the fifth annual Native American Newspaper
Career Conference, April 13-15, 2004, at Crazy Horse Memorial
(www.crazyhorse.org <http://www.crazyhorse.org/> ) in the
Black Hills of South Dakota.
will be introduced to the basic skills and practices of journalism
by about 25 experienced journalists from across the country, many
of them Native American.
Teachers and advisers who are interested in organizing student
groups to attend the conference, must register in advance by contacting
registration coordinator Doris Giago at 605-688-6236 or Doris_Giago@sdstate.edu.
Write Doris Giago, SDSU, Box 2235, Brookings, S.D. 57007.
Lodging, meals and conference participation are free to students
and their teachers.
Dakota native Al Neuharth, founder of USA TODAY and the Freedo
Forum, will address the conference at the welcome event on the
evening of April 13 in the visitor center at the base of the colossal
mountain carving honoring North American Indians.
Americans are woefully underrepresented in Americas newspaper
We want Indians to see journalism as a potential career choice,
said Jack Marsh, executive director of the Freedom Forums
Al Neuharth Media Center, one of the conference sponsors. Improving
diversity in Americas newsrooms is a priority of the Freedom
Forum. News coverage will be fairer and richer with the addition
of these new voices.
conference is funded by the Freedom Forum and co-sponsored by
SouthDakota Newspaper Association, the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation
and the journalism programs at South Dakota State University and
the University of South Dakota.
newspaper industry has a lot of work to do in providing opportunities
Native journalists, said Arnold Garson, publisher of the
Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, and chairman of the SDNA Minority Affairs
Committee. This conference is one of the bright spots in
that effort as we seek to introduce young Native Americans to
the excitement and possibilities of careers in newspaper journalism.
Note to Editors: To arrange on-site press coverage during the
conference at Crazy Horse, please call SDNA General Manager David
Bordewyk or Al Neuharth Media Center Executive Director Jack Marsh.
They will be at Crazy Horse Memorial April 12-15 and can be contacted
by calling Crazy Horse Memorial at 605-673-4681. You can also
reach Bordewyk by calling his office at 800-658-3697 or his mobile
at 605-695-5064. Jack Marshs mobile number is 703-966-6615.
The conference begins 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, and ends at about
1 p.m., Thursday, April 15.
American Newspaper Career Conference
fourth annual Native American Newspaper Career Conference is set
for April 22-24, 2003, at Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills
of South Dakota. Please contact Doris
Giago at South Dakota State University Journalism Department
for more information about conference registration.
students attend 2002 Native American Career Conference
Ivana Rabago, Northeast High School; Cristina Vance, Lincoln High
School; and Angela Howe, Little Big Horn College
Native Americans may not consider journalism as a career. But
the faculty and staff of the Native American Newspaper Career
Conference believes that it is key for Native Americans to have
a voice on the many different issues affecting them. More
Neuharth: Dream Big
South Dakota State University
must have ambitious dreams to break through the many news and
media barriers to promote newsroom diversity, Al Neuharth, founder
of USA Today and the Freddom Forum, said during the opening evening
of the Native American Newspaper Career Conference. More