The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center congratulates Mallory Black of the StrongHearts Native Helpline on receiving four Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) National Native Media Awards this year! Black (Navajo) is the first Communications Manager for the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE), a culturally-appropriate, confidential helpline for Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence. Staffed by advocates with a strong understanding of Native cultures and traditions, StrongHearts is a partnered project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and NIWRC. Before joining the NIWRC-StrongHearts team, Black was a freelance writer for Native Peoples Magazine, the Native Health News Alliance, and served as Communications Specialist for the Division of Student Affairs at San Diego State University.
The annual National Native Media Awards recognize excellence in reporting by Native and non-Native journalists across the U.S. and Canada. Black’s NAJA awards are as follows:
- PRINT-BEST FEATURE STORY-FIRST PLACE, Unlearning Cultural Misrepresentation, Native Peoples Magazine (Professional Division III-Monthly/Semimonthly)
- PRINT-BEST FEATURE STORY-SECOND PLACE, Without Home, But Not Less, Native Peoples Magazine (Professional Division III-Monthly/Semimonthly)
- ONLINE-BEST HEALTH COVERAGE-SECOND PLACE, Making Small Changes for Healthier Families, Native Health News Alliance (Professional Division III)
- ONLINE-BEST HEALTH COVERAGE-THIRD PLACE, Prioritizing Physical Activity for Native American Students, Native Health News Alliance (Professional Division III)
Black accepted the awards at the NAJA National Native Media Awards Banquet during the Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim, California, on September 7-10, 2017. During the conference, Black co-presented a session with NIWRC called “Covering Violence Against Native Women and Children” and spoke on a panel called “Health and Nutrition Reporting in Indian Country: Covering An Underreported Crisis.”