Bolstering press freedom in Indian Country
December 12, 2019
Independent and rigorous journalism among tribal media in Indian Country is the exception and not the norm. But as tribal economies — and tribal coffers — grow, so does the need for dedicated, ethical Indigenous journalists to tell the important stories of our successes and challenges. Unfettered tribal media have a critical role to play in realizing the aspiration of tribal self-determination.
I’m spending 10 months at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow, and during that time, I plan to examine the common challenges to press freedom experienced in a sample of tribal communities. I also want to determine what tools and resources may be helpful to enhance independent Indigenous journalism. This important work will rely on recent data collected by the Native American Journalists Association through its Red Press Initiative, access to the many experts and resources available through the fellowship, and conversations with tribal media stakeholders.