The Native American Journalists Association recognized Rebekka Schlichting during the 2014 National Native Media Awards Banquet July 12. The annual competition recognizes excellence in reporting by Native and non-Native journalists across the U.S. and Canada.
Schlichting earned first- and second-place finishes in the Best Feature Story – TV/Online combined category.
Schlichting is a graduate student assistant in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, and she is a multimedia intern with Vision Maker Media.
“One Bucket at a Time,” which received first-place honors, records the daily activities of Kevin Abourezk, the higher education beat reporter for the Lincoln Journal Star. Abourezk, who is a Rosebud Sioux, also writes stories for Reznetnews.org, Indian Country Today and the Lakota Country Times.
“Honoring the Spirit of Life” received second place in the competition. “Spirit of Life” documents Myron Longsoldier’s journey to help people find a path to a better life. Longsoldier takes many young people under his wing and introduces them to traditional Native ceremonies.
During her internship with Vision Maker Media, Schlichting created podcasts and produced Web and video content that featured Native Americans and events in and around Indian Country.
Schlichting graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas and was the president of First Nation Student Association, a Native American Club, on campus.