2013 Convention Media Alert: New 2014 Journalism Initiatives Announced

AFN Convention Update

New 2014 Journalism Initiatives Announced

FAIRBANKS, AK – The Alaska Dispatch joined the Alaska Federation of Natives today in announcing three exciting new 2014 journalism initiatives focused on expanding the ranks and amplifying the stories of Alaska Natives in the news media. The announcements were made at a lunchtime briefing that showcased examples of recent positive media campaigns by the Bristol Bay Native Corporation, the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation and the Sealaska Corporation.

New AFN President’s Award for Journalism 
Next year, AFN will add a new AFN President’s Award for Journalism to its list of Annual Convention awards. The award will be given to the best Native journalist or the best Native news story of the year (which can be written or produced by either a Native or a non-Native journalist.)

New Two-Day Native Media & Policy Summit 
AFN and the Alaska Dispatch will convene a Two-Day Native Media & Policy Summit in 2014 that will explore the news media’s  portrayals of modern day life for Alaska Natives, American Indians & Native Hawaiians. The first-of-its-kind event in Alaska will also explore the challenges faced by Native journalists as they explore ways to expand their ranks and improve coverage of Native issues in Alaska and beyond. The Summit is expected to take place in Anchorage, and specific dates and a location will be forthcoming soon. Inquiries about sponsoring the conference are welcomed at bmallott@nativefederation.org or by calling Ben Mallott at AFN at 907-274-3611.

New Alaska Native Journalism Scholarship Program 
Alice Rogoff Rubinstein, the publisher/owner of the  Alaska Dispatch, announced the launching of a new Alaska Native Journalism Scholarship Program for aspiring Alaska Native journalism students. Eligibility requirements and details about the application process will be posted shortly on the AFN and Alaska Dispatch websites.

Guest Speaker Clarissa Martinez-De-Castro also spoke about the important role of the news media in shaping policy issues, and she shared examples of the media’s influence on the immigration debate that her organization, the National Council of La Raza, is leading in the United States Congress.- – –

This year’s AFN Convention is taking place from Thursday, October 24th through Saturday, October 26th at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. More event details and a LIVE webcast of the event are available at:  www.nativefederation.org/annual-convention

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For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact Ben Mallott: 907-321-3217 or bmallott@nativefederation.org.

To read the full press release click HERE.


The Alaska Federation of Natives was formed in October 1966, when more than 400 Alaska Natives representing 17 Native organizations gathered for a three-day conference to address Alaska Native aboriginal land rights. It is now the largest statewide Native organization in Alaska. Its membership includes 178 villages (both federally-recognized tribes and village corporations), 13 regional Native corporations and 12 regional nonprofit and tribal consortiums that contract and run federal and state programs. AFN is governed by a 37-member Board, which is elected by its membership at the annual convention held each October. The mission of AFN is to enhance and promote the cultural, economic and political voice of the entire Alaska Native community. Learn more at www.nativefederation.org.