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Covering Business on Tribal Lands: Fort Lauderdale, July 13


When: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 13

Where: Bonnet Room, Westin Beach Resort & Spa
321 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Instructors: Chris Roush, director of
the Carolina Business News Initiative
at the University of North Carolina;
Marley Shebala, senior reporter at
the Navajo Times; and Joan Timeche,
executive director of the Native Nations
Institute for Leadership, Management,
and Policy at The University of Arizona;
Jodi Schneider, team leader and
editor for tax policy at Bloomberg News.

Hosts: Native American Journalists
Association, Florida Press Association.
Workshop is during
the NAJA Conference, July 13-17,
but open to non-attendees.

Hotel: Westin Beach Resort & Spa
321 N. Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Valet Rate: $15 a day

Registration is now closed.

Did you miss our live sessions?

Check out archived recordings and materials at the self-guided training page.

For reporters tackling business stories on tribal lands — from new casinos to government spending — basic financial skills are needed to navigate the roadblocks. You also must understand where to look for stories in your coverage area and how to dig up documents to make sense of the numbers.

In this free, daylong workshop during the Native American Journalists Association’s Conference July 13-17, reporters will learn the skills needed find and cover business stories on tribal lands. Attendees will get tips to cover issues relevant to businesses on tribal lands, including how to identify and dissect public documents on private companies and nonprofits, understand federal contracts and pursue investigative business stories. 


  • Find and dissect public documents on private companies.
  • Analyze the new Form 990, and understand the basics of nonprofits’ finances.
  • Pursue and write financial investigative stories with greater confidence.
  • Watch business trends, and use techniques for reporting financial stories on tribal lands.

AGENDA: Covering Business on Tribal Lands

8:30-9 a.m.: Registration

9-9:10 a.m.: Introduction and welcome

9:10 a.m.-noon: Covering private companies and nonprofits — Chris Roush

Noon-1:30 p.m.: Beyond casinos: understanding the business climate on tribal lands  —  Joan Timeche

1:30-3 p.m.: Finding and investigating business stories on tribal lands — Marley Shebala

3-4:30 p.m.: 15 business story ideas to jump on now — Jodi Schneider

Chris Roush, UNC journalism professor

Chris Roush


Chris Roush is the founding director of the Carolina Business News Initiative, which provides training for professional journalists and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Roush. As the Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Scholar in business journalism, he was named the Journalism Teacher of the Year for 2009 by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as the N.C. Professor of the Year in 2010 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Marley Shebala

Marley Shebala

Marley Shebala is a senior reporter for the Navajo Times. Her investigations have led to the downfall of two Tribal presidents for misuse of finances and have garnered multiple awards. She is a three-time winner of the Native American Journalists Association’s Richard LaCourse Award for investigative reporting and was named Arizona Community Journalist of the Year by the Arizona Press Club. Shebala won a fellowship in 2003 to teach environmental journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and also served as the first news director of KTNN, a Navajo Nation radio station.

Joan Timeche

Joan Timeche

Joan Timeche is the executive director of the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy at The University of Arizona. She is a regular speaker at both regional and national conferences on topics related to Indian economic development and tourism, and is a recognized expert on doing business on Indian lands. Prior to joining the Native Nations Institute in 2001, she served as program director of NAU’s Center for American Indian Economic Development (CAIED) and she was co-executive director of the National Executive Education Program for Native American Leadership, a joint project of CAIED and Harvard University. A citizen of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Old Oraibi, she received her bachelor’s degree in social work and an M.B.A. from Northern Arizona University.

Jodi Schneider

Jodi Schneider joined the Washington bureau of Bloomberg News as the team leader and editor for tax policy in fall 2010. Previously, she was a senior editor for American Banker, deputy editor for economics and finance at Congressional Quarterly, an assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report, and local business editor at The Washington Post. Before that, she was a deputy managing editor at the Orlando Sentinel, where she started the nation’s first weekly newspaper section dedicated solely to consumer and personal finance issues. Earlier in her career, she was a reporter and editor at newspapers in Wisconsin, Florida and Colorado. She is a past president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and has taught journalism courses at the college level. Schneider received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


Please do not register unless you are sincere about participating. Space is limited, and signing up and not participating deprives someone else of the opportunity.

Those who successfully complete three regional workshops or online seminars presented by the Reynolds Center are eligible to receive a “Circle of Achievement” certificate. This free seminar is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism. If you have any questions about the workshop or the center, please email Executive Director Linda Austin or call 602-496-9187.

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