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Friday, March 04, 2005

Native American Newspaper Career Conference to be held at Crazy Horse Memorial

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More than 100 high school and college students are being recruited to attend the sixth annual Native American Newspaper Career Conference April 19-21 at Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Native students will be introduced to the basic skills and practices of journalism by about 25 experienced journalists, many of them Native American. The conference, which has had about 450 participants during the past five years, is the largest Native student journalism program in the country.

Teachers and advisers who are interested in organizing student groups to attend the conference must register in advance by contacting registration coordinator Doris Giago at 605-688-6236 or write Doris Giago, SDSU, Box 2235, Brookings, S.D. 57007.

Registration deadline is April 1.

Lodging, meals and conference participation are free to students and their teachers.

South Dakota native Al Neuharth, founder of USA TODAY and the Freedom Forum, will be the opening speaker the evening of April 19 in the visitor center at the base of the Crazy Horse mountain carving. Ron His Horse is Thunder, president of Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, N.D., will be the keynote speaker on the morning of April 20.

"Native Americans are the most underrepresented group in newspaper newsrooms. We are working to change that by inviting Native students to consider journalism careers," said Jack Marsh, executive director of the Freedom Forum's Al Neuharth Media Center, one of the conference sponsors. "Improving employment diversity 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 South Dakota Newspaper Association, the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and the journalism programs at South Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota.

"The newspaper industry has a lot of work to do in providing opportunities for Native journalists," said Arnold Garson, publisher of the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D., 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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