The Navajo word for newspaper means "the paper that gossips," according to a new booklet on the history of Native American journalism, Pictures of Our Nobler Selves. The author, Shoshone-Bannock journalist and Salt Lake Tribune editor Mark Trahant, says that to create an accurate portrait of Native communities, it's crucial for Native American journalists to participate in that gossip through both tribal and mainstream media. Trahant believes newsrooms need to hire more Indian journalists; he also debunks the myth that they're new to journalism. Few people realize, he says, that newspapers such as the Sacramento Bee and San Diego Union were founded with help from Native Americans. To obtain the free 45-page paperback, write to The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, 1207 18th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212 (615/321-9588) or access the group's Internet site at http://www.fac.org.
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