Native Village Youth and Education News
May 1, 2009 Issue 198
2009 Project Phoenix
Each year more than a
dozen high school students from around
the country gather in one city to find
out what it takes to put together their
own newspaper. During the course of a
week, the students of Project Phoenix
learn the basics of news writing and
photojournalism and produce a 12-page
newspaper called "Rising Voices."
Students' work will also be posted on
our Web site. This introduction into
journalism is taught by some of the best
reporters in Indian country. Join NAJA
in celebrating 25 years of service to
Native American high school students
across the country.
Project Phoenix honors the first Native
American newspaper, The Cherokee
Phoenix, which began publishing in New
Echota, Georgia, Feb. 21, 1828, in both
English and Cherokee using the Cherokee
This year, students will be invited to the 25th anniversary NAJA Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A team of students and professional journalists will work in a newsroom setting to cover news, current events, and features or trend stories. It will be a mix of convention material as well as community, general interest or media related issues. The print staff will write, edit, and produce a print edition of “Rising Voices” while also contributing stories, photos, video and/or audio for the student projects website in this new converged production of news. Students work as reporters, photographers, copy editors and graphic artists. NAJA will pay for participant's meals, travel and lodging.
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