Non-Native news media too often fail to offer authentic representation of Indigenous identity, issues, and individuals. Media representations in the modern moment fall prey to a legacy of stereotyping established by long-ago editors and publishers, in part due to issues around naming and labeling, but, most importantly, because Native people are not given a voice in their own stories. How do Indigenous people fit into the larger story of America’s past, present, and future? How have narrative formulas and journalistic conventions silenced Native voices and perpetuated misrepresentations? What can we do to offer a more authentic representation of Indigenous people in history and in journalism? Join us for a program with Dr. Melissa Greene-Blye as we reconsider historical and contemporary representations of Indigenous people in media and journalism.
This program is part of the Representation Matters series hosted by Arizona Humanities and made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.This is a virtual event.Register Here
Melissa Greene-Blye is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. Her research examines journalistic representations and negotiations of American Indian identity past and present. Most recently, her work has been published in Journalism History. Melissa worked as an anchor and reporter during 20 years in the news business covering local news in television markets big and small. She enjoys using her knowledge and experience to educate the newest generation of journalists.