Native High School Students Complete Broadcasting and Journalism Workshop

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – “College for all” is a mantra not often heard on many Tribal reservations. That’s one of the reasons why training in broadcasting for high school students is valuable. The Andy Harvey Broadcast and Journalism Workshop for Native American High School students is a program that introduces students to work with broadcast and computer equipment and software to which they might otherwise not have access to. For many of the Native students who are selected from Arizona’s twenty-two federally recognized Tribes, it is often their first introduction to broadcasting or journalism.

In radio and television, the requirements for broadcasters includes web editing skills, communications, public speaking, computer science, knowledge of regulatory rules and regulations, programming, content creation, and critical thinking skills just to name a few.

With sixty Native licensed radio and stations and four television stations serving Tribal communities across Indian Country, the need for trained broadcasters and journalists is on the rise.

“Eight years ago, a group of us got together to build a capacity pipeline into the field of communications for Native American youth. Historically, we were seeing very few Native students matriculating in schools of communication across Arizona’s three universities,” states Loris Taylor, President and CEO of Native Public Media.

The collaboration between Native Public Media, Northern Arizona University, the Arizona Broadcasters Association, and KTNN Navajo Radio, resulted in the creation of the Andy Harvey