The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University has launched a new graduate partnership with the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and Indian Country Today (ICT) to help an outstanding NAJA member pursue a masters in the school 2022-2023 year and produce content for the national ICT audience.
The Cronkite/ICT Fellow can select one of three Cronkite master’s degrees offered at Arizona State University’s downtown campus: Master of Arts in Investigative Journalism, Master of Arts in Sports Journalism, or Master of Communications massive.
The newly developed program includes a paid internship of 15 hours per week with Indian Country Today for the academic year. Participating students will earn $19,172 in salary (paid bi-weekly from August to May). Additionally, students will receive free tuition for all three semesters of the Cronkite master’s program as well as health insurance.
“This scholarship was a no-brainer and we wondered why it hadn’t happened sooner. This remarkable opportunity will allow students to dive into the field without any financial worries, see what support network NAJA provides, and surround them with talented indigenous journalists at ICT. This is an invaluable investment in young journalists and indigenous communities,” said Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Diné, editor of Indian Country Today, who is also a board member and education chair of the Native American Journalists Association.
At Indian Country Today, students will work alongside Indigenous journalists from diverse backgrounds. The Fellow will have unique opportunities to produce compelling stories for and about the Indigenous world for digital and/or ICT broadcast audiences.
To be eligible, applicants must be members of NAJA, hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited institution prior to the fall semester, apply for and be accepted into a Cronkite School master’s program. to start in the fall semester 2022 and commit to working 15 hours per week for Indian Country Today.