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Media Roundtable: How Native & Indigenous Journalists Are Changing The Media Landscape

Tony Webster
The fallen Christopher Columbus statue outside the Minnesota State Capitol after a group led by American Indian Movement members tore it down in St. Paul, Minnesota, on June 10, 2020.

  On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the state of journalism with Native reporters. According to 2017 data from the American Society of News Editors, less than .05 percent of all journalists at leading newspapers and online publications are Native American.

Native and Indigenous journalists are changing the media landscape. How do they assess coverage of issues like COVID in Indian Country, the toppling of statues, racist sports names, #landback, and tribal sovereignty?


Connie Walker, award-winning investigative reporter and former host of the CBC News podcast Missing & Murdered
Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Washington editor of Indian Country Today

Tristan Ahtone, editor-in-chief of the Texas Observer and president of the Native American Journalists Association

Web Resources:

NAJA to host Covering COVID-19 in Indian Country virtual roundtable July 23

Missing & Murdered: CBC News original podcast hosted by CBC News investigative reporter Connie Walker.

Indian Country Today: Pandemic shows tribes the census is an 'absolute necessity’

High Country News: Land-grab universities

Splinter: It's Time to Finally Listen to Native Journalists

Texas Observer: Tristan Ahtone is the Texas Observer's Next Editor-In-Chief



Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.