US Native radio news show seeks reporters

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Tue Aug 20 21:01:42 UTC 2002

Forwarded from Code-switching listserv:


National Native News (NNN) is a weekday, five-minute newscast, produced by
Koahnic Broadcast Corporation in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. NNN is a headline
news service dedicated to Native American issues and events that compiles
spot news reports from around the country.  NNN is the first and oldest
Native-produced, daily Native radio newscast that is nationally
distributed.  The program is uplinked on the Public Radio Satellite System
twice daily: at 1:01 P.M. ET and distributed by AIROS; and at 5:30 P.M. ET
and distributed by Public Radio International. A live audio stream of NNN
is available on the Internet at Koahnic's web site (  at
11:30 A.M., 1:01 P.M. and 4:06 P.M. ET.


*   NNN uses only spot news stories; it does not purchase

*   NNN either accepts story pitches from reporters and/or gives
    assignments to reporters.

*   NNN will only accept a pitch for a news story that a reporter
    has not pitched or sold to a competitor.*

    NNN will not accept work from a reporter who is featured on a
    competitor's program(s).*

*   News stories purchased become the property of NNN.
    Reporters are not paid residuals for additional use of their
    work. NNN does not pay for travel expenses.

*   The pay scale starts at $45.00 (forty-five dollars) per news
    story and goes to a maximum of $50.00 (fifty dollars). When
    submitting for the first time, be sure to submit your SSN,
    mailing address and phone number(s). NNN uses a biweekly
    pay schedule.

*A competitor is one who produces similar programming as defined in
Program Description above.


NNN edits EVERY submission before it is accepted for broadcast.  Scripts
must be e-mailed (bchato at and nnn at  or faxed to the
producer prior to an edit. Edits are conducted either by e-mail or
telephone. Story length should range from 40 to 65 seconds, plus a host
lead. If possible, stories should be uploaded to our Internet FTP site
(call to get the FTP address) or via ISDN or Switch 56.  Telephone feeds
will be accepted if that is the only means.  Submissions are only accepted
AFTER an edit and with the approval of the NNN producer.


*   NNN prefers the term "Native American(s)," but will accept the
    term "Indian(s)" if it is appropriate.

*   When using the words, "Native American(s)" or "Indian(s),"
    they should be used as adjectives whenever possible, not as
    nouns (do not say, "¦the Indians claim¦"). The word "Indian"
    can be eliminated when referring to a particular reservation, for
    example "Navajo Reservation," instead of "Navajo Indian

*   Be careful not to generalize when using the terms, "Native
    American(s)" or "Indian(s)." A tribal reference is always more
    accurate - i.e., "¦a Cherokee man from Oklahoma¦," "¦the
    Menominee Tribal Chairman¦," or "¦a Lakota tribal member
    from Pine Ridge..."

*   Always try to use a tribe's name, for example "¦remains of a
    Shawnee burial site¦," instead of "¦native remains were

*   Be sure to use a tribe's correct name; some have changed
    from "Tribe" to "Nation," others have not

Denise McVea
Communications Fellow
Indian Law Resource Center
602 N. Ewing Street
Helena, Montana 59601
(406)449-2031 fax

Producer: Bernadette Chato
Phone: 907-258-8895
E-mail: nnn at
Fax: 907-258-8805

General calls should be placed to 907-258-8895.

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