Covering Violence Against Native Women & Children: NIWRC, StrongHearts & AP Reporter Mary Hudetz co-present at the 2017 Excellence In Journalism Conference

Mary Hudetz, Law Enforcement Reporter for the Associated Press, presents at the session, “Covering Violence Against Native Women and Children,” during the 2017 Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim, CA. The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and StrongHearts Native Helpline co-sponsored this session.

September 7th, 2017-The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center in collaboration with StrongHearts Native Helpline, and Mary Hudetz, criminal justice reporter for Associated Press, co-sponsored a training workshop at the Excellence in Journalism Conference in Anaheim, CA. The workshop, “Covering Violence Against Native Women and Children” was attended by over 45 journalists and media professionals including student journalists.

The workshop included best practices to journalists to define what type of violence occurring, understanding historical context of violence against Native communities, jurisdictional issues, Violence Against Women Act, supreme court cases that involved domestic violence, missing and murdered native women and girls, survivor confidentiality and safety when interviewing, survivor resources including StrongHearts Native Helpline, and story ideas and pitches. Society of Professional Journalism student news reporter Casey Smith, created info graphics (see below) based off information presented in the workshop.

The 2017 Excellence in Journalism Conference was hosted by the Radio Television Digital News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, in cooperation with the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA). The three-day conference included networking and recruitment opportunities for journalists, deep-dive training workshops, video and audio critiques, breakout sessions, and award ceremonies. To view the NAJA’s social media activity during the conference using @najournalists and #EIJ17 on Instagram and Twitter. To view the NAJA student newsroom activities visit

Graphic by Casey Smith, @SmithCaseyA
Graphic by Casey Smith, @SmithCaseyA