Sustaining a Journalism Ecosystem

AUSTIN, TX – Journalism stakeholders, including Native Public Media, convened in Austin, Texas with a goal to work together to build a movement for engaged journalism.

The convening, centered on the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, better known as DEI, explored ways genuine collaboration can take place to address challenges in the field. Lightning round presentations on DEI models, were provided by the American Press Institute Outlier Media, University of Texas at El Paso, and the Native American Journalists Association.

“Journalism is a part of a larger ecosystem, that when healthy and robust, can be powerful and resilient to the challenges of the field. This means that building pipelines into the field of journalism for youth, un-served or under-served populations is extremely important. But it also means that sectors like academia and research have a collaborative role within a healthy and sustainable journalism ecosystem,” explained Loris Taylor, President and CEO of Native Public Media.

Native Public Media’s efforts to build a journalism ecosystem for Indian Country has not only been challenging, but at times, difficult to sustain financially. News deserts such as Indian Country, not only face a shortage of “paid” journalists but face basic infrastructure needs including telephone and broadband.

Despite the entrenched challenges of Indian Country, Native Public Media has helped to build and expand a broadcast network across Indian country. With a communications network of 57 radio and 4 television stations serving Tribal communities, building the media capacity of Indian Country has become just as important has producing content for the network.

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