I was contracted as researcher, media educator and fund-raising consultant for the roll-out of the first Media Excellence Program for Native American Public and Community Radio Producers. This was a 3-credit college course at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Native Public Media’s signature Media Excellence Program was designed to help bridge the media and digital divides in Indian Country. The program included the Annual Native Media Summit, the Digital Journalism and Storytelling Intensive, Station Services and the Native Media Landscape Report. The participants learned how the platforms of print, video, audio, new media, and more can be effectively and creatively employed to tell important stories; including practical skills such as equipment use, digital editing and production, basic reporting techniques, and best practices that journalists and citizen storytellers face when employing new media in their reporting work and while engaging new technologies that will empower themselves and their communities with voice. This intensive encouraged the Native American perspective and storytelling in tribal languages. I worked with Dr. Traci L. Morris and with NPM founder/Director, Loris Taylor.
- Lab instructor for the Media Excellence Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Taught 13 students from tribes across the United States.
- Co-created the online digital journalism curriculum for this initial Media Excellence Program.
- Created an interactive WIKI platform that supported in class learning.
- Created student handbook and class tutorial.