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Duluth Media Summit: The Extraordinary Native Vote in 2016
Mark Trahant, an independent journalist and professor of journalism at the University of North Dakota, will talk about the power of Native Americans as candidates for political office in the upcoming national election at this year’s Duluth Media Summit.
Trahant will speak in Trepanier Hall at the American Indian Center. The following day he will visit with students in the University of Minnesota of Duluth’s Journalism and American Indian Studies programs. His Oct. 19, 9 a.m. talk with journalism students in the Garden Room, Kirby Student Center, is open to the public.
Trahant reports and comments on events and trends on his blog at trahantreports.com and on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. He does a weekly audio commentary for Native Voice One. And, every day for nearly a decade, Trahant has written a 140-character rhyme based on a daily news story (@newsrimes4lines).
He’s been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series. The Frontline piece, “The Silence,” was about sexual abuse by priests in an Alaska native village. He also has been editor-in-residence at the University of Idaho in the spring of 2011 and again in 2012. There, he taught courses on social media, the American West and editorial writing. In 2009 and 2010 Trahant was a Kaiser Media Fellow writing about health care reform focused on programs the government already operates, such as the Indian Health Service. Trahant has also been the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Trahant is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he chaired the daily editorial board, directed a staff of writers, editors and a cartoonist. He has also worked at The Seattle Times, Arizona Republic, The Salt Lake Tribune, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the Navajo Times, Navajo Nation Today and the Sho-Ban News.
Trahant is a citizen of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and former president of the Native American Journalists Association.
The Duluth Media Summit is an annual event that invites the nation’s top media professionals to Duluth to talk to with working journalists and the public about issues relevant to the changing nature of journalism. Previous speakers have been John Hughes, then president of the National Press Club; Jeremy Iggers, founder of the Twin Cities Daily Planet; and Jan Schaffer, executive director of J-Lab, an incubator for entrepreneurs and news innovators.
Trahant’s visit is being co-sponsored by the One River, Many Stories project, the American Indian Community Housing Organization, UMD’s American Indian Studies Department and the Department of Communication.