Indian Country Today will launch its new digital platform and an updated logo on June 4th, 2018 at the morning session of the National Congress of American Indians’ Mid-Year Conference and Marketplace in Kansas City, Missouri.
The event will be livestreamed and the platform will go live that morning. (Details coming soon.)
“Indian Country Today is ready for its next chapter, leading in the digital, mobile space,” said editor Mark Trahant. “Our primary focus will be the mobile phone, a platform where our readers are already migrating. We are eager to deliver the best journalism content and technology. It wasn’t that long ago when our readers waited at the post office for the next version of the ‘paper.’ Now news is delivered instantly.”
Trahant said there is a lot of activity now behind the scenes creating this new kind of “paper.”
Associate editor Vincent Schilling also offered comments about the shift to a new platform and how changes would reflect embracing the digital age yet still maintain traditions and a nod to Indian Country Today’s past.
“Indian Country Today has come so far in the years since it first began as a physical newspaper. Our new logo is a nod to this legacy that still embraces how we as Native people are moving forward. This is definitely going to be an exciting moment in Indian Country Today’s history on June 4th.”
The site will be accessed at www.IndianCountryToday.com.
In addition to the new platform, Indian Country Today is creating a new business model for indigenous journalism. The digital enterprise is owned by the National Congress of American Indians, but acts independently. That model is a “public media” venture that includes a mix of financial support from readers, advertisers and grants from foundations, corporations, and tribes. All of the content produced by Indian Country will be free for readers — and available for distribution by tribal newspapers, radio networks, and digital publications.
Indian Country Today’s spring membership drive is open for one more week. This will be the only opportunity for readers to become “Founding Members” of the Indian Country Today. At the NCAI event, the first “Founding Member, 001” will be honored and thanked for jumping in so early with a significant financial contribution.
“I want to personally thank so many people who have wished us well — and pledged a contribution representing the giving nature of tribal communities and a culture of coming together to support a cause,” Trahant said. “We cannot do this without our readers’ support. And even those who could not pledge money helped us by spreading the word via social media. In the end, though, this is not about the money. It’s about the journalism. And reader support is what makes that happen.”
Watch for the hashtags: #ICTReveal and #ICTSocks
The National Congress of American Indians
2018 Mid Year Conference & Marketplace
Marriott Kansas City Downtown
200 W. 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Registration is now open. Click this Register Now link to register online.
You can also visit the NCAI conference registration page here: http://www.ncai.org/events/2018/06/03/2018-mid-year-conference-marketplace
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Mark Trahant is editor of Indian Country Today. He is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Follow him on Twitter Follow @TrahantReports
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