Sponsors call for students to attend Native American Newspaper Conference

Sponsors call for students to attend Native American Newspaper Conference Native American high school and college students interested in a career in journalism are invited to attend the fifth annual Native American Newspaper Career Conference at Crazy Horse Memorial in April. The conference features experienced journalists from across the country, many of them Native American, who will introduce approximately 100 students to the basic skills and practices of journalism.

Student groups interested in attending the conference must register in advance by contacting registration coordinator Doris Giago at 605-688-6236 or Doris_Giago@sd state.edu. Write Doris Giago, SDSU, Box 2235, Brookings, SD 57007.

Lodging, meals and conference participation are free to students and their teachers. The conference at Crazy Horse Memorial in Rapid City begins at 7 p.m. on April 13, and lasts until 1 p.m. on April 15.

South Dakota native and University of South Dakota graduate Al Neuharth, founder of USA TODAY and the Freedom 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 the journalism programs at The University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University, the South Dakota Newspaper Association and the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.

"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."

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