Fifth Annual Native American Newspaper Career Conference
Scheduled at Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota

About 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 ( <> ) in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Students 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 Write Doris Giago, SDSU, Box 2235, Brookings, S.D. 57007.

Lodging, meals and conference participation are free to students and their teachers.

South 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.

“Native Americans are woefully underrepresented in America’s newspaper newsrooms. We want Indians to see journalism as a potential career choice,” said Jack Marsh, executive director of the Freedom Forum’s Al Neuharth Media Center, one of the conference sponsors. “Improving diversity in America’s newsrooms is a priority of the Freedom Forum. News coverage will be fairer and richer with the addition of these new voices.”

The 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.

“The newspaper industry has a lot of work to do in providing opportunities for 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 Marsh’s 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.

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