Indian Country Today will open a news bureau on the campus of Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska. And it will launch its new daily newscast from that location on October 14, 2019.
“We think it’s essential that Indian Country Today report from Alaska and to do that we must be present. There is so much going on right now, from the dramatic impacts from climate change in villages to the real consequences of state budget cuts,” said Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today. “And to carry this out, we cannot think of a better partner than Alaska Pacific University.”
Trahant said Indian Country Today is a public media news organization -- so in addition to the journalism goals -- IT has an education mission. “We want to encourage, train, and hire the next generation of Alaska Native journalists. We want to provide a platform to carry more voices and opportunity.”
Indian Country Today recently moved its primary news operations to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on the campus of Arizona State University in downtown Phoenix.
There are also news bureaus in Washington, D.C., and soon in Anchorage.
Jourdan Bennett-Begaye will lead Washington coverage as the bureau's editor.
"Indian Country is changing so quickly at a policy level and within the communities, we have to keep up," she said. "This expansion and presence across five times zones allows us to cover tribal communities right from the ground."
Trahant said Indian Country Today plans to hire a senior-level reporter in Anchorage as part of the expansion.
The new Indian Country Today daily newscast will launch on Indigenous People’s Day or October 14. The newscast will be available Monday through Friday at 7 a.m. Eastern Time. It will be available for broadcast by public television and radio stations as well as FNX, the First Nations Experience network.
“Our goal is to improve the coverage of Alaska Native issues -- as well as issues involving the Arctic, the climate, and generally, the Indigenous North,” he said. “The university will be a remarkable partner helping us carry out our expanded mission.”
Patty Talahongva is the executive producer of the newscasts and says adding a video component will help the audience understand the news by seeing and hearing from the newsmakers.
“We will start with a three minute thirty second newscast which will highlight news from Indian Country,” she says. “We are putting in place both staff and freelancers who will produce our broadcast stories on a regular basis.”
It will also allow the world to see Native America first-hand.
“We are thrilled to have a bureau in Anchorage to cover so many important stories and will work with our bureau in Washington, D.C., on issues that impact all of Indian Country,” Talahongva said.
Indian Country Today has a remarkable history that goes back some four decades. It was once a newspaper, a magazine, and now, a digital, multimedia enterprise. Indian Country Today, LLC., operates as a nonprofit enterprise dedicated to serving Indian Country with access to news, entertainment, sports, opinion, and feature stories.