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Indian Country
Telling a Story in a Digital Age
Storytelling has always been an important part of Native culture. Stories play a part in everyday Native life—they are often oral and rich in detail and language and serve as a form of recording history. Digital media now allow for the extension of this storytelling. This necessary text evaluates how digital media are changing the rich cultural act of storytelling within Native communities, with a specific focus on Native newsroom norms and routines. The authors argue that the non-Native press often leave consumers with a stereotypical view of American Indians, and aim to give a more authentic representation to Native journalism. With interviews from more than forty Native journalists around the country, this book is essential to understanding how digital media possibly advances the distribution of storytelling within the American Indian community.
Publication Date: January 1st, 2017
146 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Victoria L. LaPoe is Assistant Professor and broadcast and film sequence coordinator at Western Kentucky University. She is coauthor of the book Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.  

Benjamin Rex LaPoe II is Assistant Professor of interactive storytelling in the School of Journalism and Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University. LaPoe is the newsletter editor for the Minorities and Communication division of AEJMC and advisor for the Multicultural Journalists student group at WKU.    

Early Praise

"This is the book to read to understand that storytelling in Indian Country is not just a cultural act but a journalistic one. The LaPoes’ authentic research into the norms and routines of more than forty Native journalists documents how Native journalism has evolved in digital spaces to provide visibility to long invisible communities."
Cristina L. Azocar, chair of the Department of Journalism at San Francisco State University, former president of the Native American Journalists Association

"The LaPoes write compellingly about a little-explored topic—the impact of digital technologies upon Native media. With solid analyses and intimate observations, they connect cultural histories in Indian Country with the immediacy of messaging in the twenty-first century. A simply fascinating work!"
Meta G. Carstarphen, coeditor, American Indians and the Mass Media, and Gaylord Professor of Strategic Communication at Gaylord College

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