By Brenda Norrell
The Guardian, TeleSur and Aljazeera actually have reporters out covering the news of Indigenous Peoples. The United States, however, is completely failing.
The Guardian, based in London, TeleSur based in Venezuela, and Aljazeera, based in Qatar on the Persian Gulf, excel at covering Indigenous Peoples news. TeleSur is sponsored by the governments of Venezuela, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Bolivia.
Currently, the United States has no media that is out covering Indian country nationally with staff reporters.
Don't be deceived by stay-at-home re-writers, like those used by Indian Country Today for the past 10 years, or copy and paste operations like indianz.
Copying others work without permission is a copyright violation. When it is done repeatedly on a large scale for profit, it is fraud and violates the ethics of journalism.
In Indian country, there is a type of fraud and deception that has become common place used by paid 'reporters.' They sit at home, or at an office desk, and steal content from the Internet. They plagiarize it, or rewrite it, and add a brief phone call interview to deceive readers into believing they are actually out covering the news.
If you are a photographer, demand payment for your photos. Don't let the thieves make money off of your work.
On Facebook, beware of the click bait. A large number of websites steal the content of hard working reporters, and then place it with ads for illegal profiteering. Don't be fooled by the names like "Free Thought Project," and look closely at those using the words "Native American" in their links.
Every time you click on the links of click bait frauds, these thieves make money from others hard work.The news profiteers let others take the risks, do the work, and pay the costs, while they stay home and profit.
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