Native Public Media Press Release

Native Public Media Creates and Implements First Branded Digital Journalism Curriculum for Native Americans, Flagstaff, Arizona – January 23, 2012

Native Public Media, an organization dedicated to serving Native radio broadcasters and media makers, announced it will launch its Digital Journalism and Storytelling Intensive on May 28, 2012.

Matthew Rantanen, Chair of Native Public Media’s Board of Directors and Director of the Southern California Tribal Digital Village knows what it takes to bring broadband to rural and remote tribal communities in Southern California and the growing need for a digital workforce that respects culture and history.

“This summer intensive is meant to support our Native journalists and community storytellers who are interested in learning and applying new media technologies. While new media has expanded the possibilities of story collecting and sharing, and the democratization of personal voice, this effort validates the Native American perspective and voice,” concludes Rantanen.

For more information about the Media Excellence Program, visit


The Tribal Digital Village Network (TDVNet) was created with the intent to bring Internet connectivity to the member tribes of SCTCA and empower their people. The Tribal Digital Village(TDV) is a continued set of objectives to help SCTCA achieve its mission thru technology, first and foremost, devised by the community leaders to handle the technical aspects of meeting its mission statement. The primary mission of Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association (SCTCA) is to serve the health, welfare, safety, education, cultural, economic and employment needs of its tribal members and descendants in the San Diego County urban areas.

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