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December 15, 2012

Native newspapers using non-Indians when Native reporters are unemployed

Native newspapers using non-Indians when Native reporters are unemployed

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
There are many unemployed Native American journalists. Still, the major Native newspapers continue to use non-Indians to write their headline news stories.
They're not just non-Indian "reporters," but armchair journalists who drive out to Indian land, make a
couple of phone calls, churn out a story, collect their paycheck, and then leave.
What happened to the Navajo preference law?
Other non-Indian 'reporters' for the national Native newspapers never even leave their house. They just make a couple of phone calls from home, plagiarize others hard work for background, and collect their paychecks.
The third category of fraud reporters in Indian country are the wannabes, including those who suddenly decide they are "Indians" late in life when they realize it will be lucrative to their careers, by way of fame, fortune, career status, non-profit grants or college funds.
Examine the articles and question who the reporters are.
Non-Indians are not the only ones who are armchair journalists and plagiarizers. For decades, Indian Country Today has used a "reporter" in the Southwest that I haven't seen out on a news story in the past 30 years. I have seen her plagiarize.
What happened to ethics in journalism?
Reporters all over the world are dying and being jailed to report the truth, and in the US, many reporters for the Native American media are doing as little as possible to get a paycheck.
--Brenda Norrell, Censored News

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