Vision Maker Media Partners with Alaska Public Media, North Texas’s KERA, & Longhouse Media for Internships for Native College Students

by Mike Martz on June 4, 2013

Lincoln, Neb: Vision Maker Mediawill work with three Public Television stations to support paid internships for Native American college students.

Kavelina Torres (Yup’ik), from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, will work at Alaska Public Media under the supervision of Chief Content Officer Patrick Yack. Torres said, “I worked with Vision Maker Media’s Blue Tarpalechee and Chris Eyre on the Growing Native series and I knew then that bringing in aspects of television production–which is outside of my degree work at the University–is invaluable because it allows me to change focus for a bit to gain cross-platform media skills.”

Willow Blythe (Creek), an Honor Roll and Morter Board senior at Southern Methodist University, will be working at KERA in Dallas, Texas. Blythe cannot wait to start her internship, saying, “As a proud Native American, I’ve been sincerely motivated since high school to succeed. I am committed to bettering myself with hard work and striving to gain experience professionally to grow into my post-college career as a media journalist.”

Rebekka Schlichting (Kickapoo/Sac & Fox), an Honor Roll student at the University of Kansas and contributor to Lawrence Journal World, will be interning at Vision Maker Media in Lincoln, Neb. Rebekka has dedicated her schoolwork to becoming a journalist for Native American people. “I strive to shed light on issues that affect my readers’ lives and help them to think about matters from all perspectives,” commented Schlichting.

Vision Maker Media also works with Longhouse Media, to continue their Native-youth driven mission to use media as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation, and social change, in partnership with KCTS9, in Seattle, Wash.

With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the purpose of these paid, Public Media summer internships is to increase the journalism and production skills for college students. One of the major goals of the internship is to increase the quantity and quality of media reporting available to Public Television audiences and other news outlets. If you’re interested in funding internship opportunities, please emailvisionmaker@unl.edu or consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Friends of Vision Maker Media atwww.visionmakermedia.org/friends.

Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, nurtures creativity for development of new projects, partnerships, and funding. Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality Native American and Pacific Islander educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media–to be the next generation of storytellers. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we offer student employment and internships.

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