Diversity Track: Finding data and context in Native communities

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Tristan Ahtone of High Country News; Jenni Monet of independent journalist; Pam Dempsey of The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 11:30am
  • Location: Crystal AB
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Reporting on Native communities can present many challenges, not the least of which is finding and using reliable data on issues those communities face. In this panel you'll hear from two reporters working to close this information gap. You'll hear how High Country News is handling data leaks and confidential news tips from tribal government employees, as well as analyzing historical data for investigative reporting in Indian Country. You'll also learn about a project gathering information on missing and murdered Indigenous women.

This panel was planned in collaboration with the Native American Journalists Association.

Speaker Bios

  • Tristan Ahtone (Kiowa) serves as associate editor for tribal affairs at High Country News. He has reported for PBS NewsHour, National Native News, Wyoming Public Radio, NPR, Al Jazeera America, Indian Country Today, and National Geographic. Tristan’s stories have won multiple honors, including investigative awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Gannett Foundation. He is president of the Native American Journalists Association and a Nieman Fellow.

  • Pam Dempsey is the executive director of the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. She is an award-winning journalist who has done investigative reporting and editing on topics including agribusiness, migrant farm workers, health, housing and Native American government. Dempsey, who is an online, print and radio journalist, has developed community engagement programs and investigative reporting workshops. @pamelagdempsey

  • Jenni Monet is an independent journalist who writes about Indigenous rights and injustice for such publications as the Center for Investigative Reporting, PBS NewsHour and Al Jazeera.  She received top journalism honors for her months-long chronicling of the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance movement at Standing Rock.  Monet holds an MA in International Politics from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and is a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna.

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