Former University of Montana School of Journalism professor Denny McAuliffe receives 2015 Medill-Native American Journalists Association Milestone Achievement Award

Denny McAuliffe will receive the 2015 NAJA-Medill Milestone Achievement AwardWhen Denny McAuliffe left his job at The Washington Post in 1999 to run a Native American journalism program at The University of Montana, his teaching stint was only supposed to last for one year. He ended up staying for 11.

McAuliffe’s extended stay reflected his ongoing commitment to mentoring and teaching aspiring indigenous journalists. This week, the Native American Journalists Association and the Medill School of Journalism announced that they will honor McAuliffe’s work by granting him the 2015 Medill-Native American Journalists Association Milestone Achievement Award.

As NAJA President and University of Montana School of Journalism graduate Mary Hudetz said when nominating McAuliffe for the honor. “It’s hard to capture the full scope of (McAuliffe’s) impact during his decade at UM.”

In 1999, McAuliffe, of the Osage Nation, helped develop an idea to launch the Native American Journalism Institute, a three-week summer training course for aspiring reporters at the University of South Dakota. Serving as institute faculty, McAuliffe drew from student work produced at the institute to create Reznet, a Native American news, information and entertainment website that he rolled out as a University of Montana School of Journalism project in 2002. McAuliffe ran Reznet, which continues to serve as a launching pad for American Indian journalism students around the country, through 2009. Reznet participants have gone on to work at some of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers including The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times.

In 2009, McAuliffe returned to work for The Washington Post, where he now serves as the publication’s financial news night editor. McAuliffe will receive the milestone achievement award during the July 11 National Native Media Awards Banquet in Washington D.C.

Posted on 6/5/15