Co-Director for the Andy Harvey Workshop to Receive Prestigious Knight Award

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – Toni DeAztlan-Smith was selected to receive the Robert Knight Multicultural Recruitment Award from the Scholastic Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for her work with the Andy Harvey Youth Broadcast Journalism Workshop hosted on the campus of Northern Arizona University every summer for high school students.

Jeff Browne, AEJMC Scholastic Journalism division head who managed the award selection states “this is exactly the kind of work that our division hoped to support with the Knight Award.”

DeAztlan-Smith (Mexica/Coahuiltecan), a former network television news producer whose work has aired on national programs including Dateline NBC, NBC’s TODAY show, CBSNews.com, and Channel One News, states “the mission of the workshop is to train indigenous youth to ‘Tell Your Story’ by providing training and tools. Students are empowered to make media in their communities and tell the stories that may go untold.”

Over 300 high schools in Arizona receive announcements encouraging their indigenous students to apply. DeAztlan-Smith has cultivated relationships with high school counselors and teachers at schools on reservations that primarily serve indigenous communities including Hopi Jr./Senior High School and Baboquivari High School in southern Arizona. In additional to high schools, DeAztlan-Smith also promotes the workshop in media communities including presenting at the annual Native Public Media Native Broadcast Summit and organizing a panel on minority-focused workshops at the Broadcast Educators Association conference.

Mentors and staff are primarily hired from a pool of past workshop attendees who are now in college o