Native American Journalists Association announces move to USD The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) has announced that it will relocate its national headquarters from Minneapolis, MN, to The University of South Dakota in Vermillion next year. It will be located in the Al Neuharth Media Center for Excellence in Journalism, which is in the process of renovation scheduled for completion in April 2003. The Center will also house USD's Contemporary Media & Journalism Department, Freedom Forum offices, South Dakota Public Broadcasting and USD student newspaper, the Volante.
"The University of South Dakota is proud to offer a home to such a prestigious national organization," said USD Acting President Don Dahlin. "NAJA is committed to excellence in journalism and they will be a wonderful addition to the Al Neuharth Media Center."
NAJA sees the move as an opportunity to further its mission of increasing the number of Native Americans in journalism.
"NAJA and the Freedom Forum have a shared goal of attracting and retaining more Native Americans in journalism," said Jack Marsh, director of the Freedom Forum Neuharth Center. "We welcome NAJA's move to South Dakota and see it as the start of an important new partnership."
"The Freedom Forum is committed to reaching out to Native Americans with programs such as their annual American Indian Journalism Institute, which gives Natives a chance to experience journalism," said NAJA President Mary Annette Pember. "We share the same mission with our student news internship projects and our scholarship program."