Reznet News

Reporting from Native America

May 24, 2016
Latest post: March 20 5:07 pm

About Reznet

Reznet is a Native American news, information and entertainment Web site that also trains and mentors American Indian college students around the country as they prepare for journalism careers.

Now in it’s eighth year and a project of The University of Montana School of Journalism, Reznet is funded exclusively by the Gannett Foundation. Previous funders for the project included The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the McCormick Foundation. The intent of Reznet’s training and mentoring program is to produce more Native American professional journalists in both mainstream and community or tribal news organizations.

Permission to Republish

To obtain republishing rights for original Reznet articles, photos and videos, please call 406-243-2191 or e-mail Reznet.

All professionally written features are available through syndication only. Please e-mail Reznet to purchase republishing rights for “Red Clout,” “Without Reservations,” “Native Moms,” “Dear Crabby,” “The Real All-Americans” and “On the Native Beat.”

To republish student-produced content, we require that a donation be made to Reznet as a gesture of support for our Native American student journalists and our efforts to train them to become professional journalists. Donations will vary in amount, typically $50 to $100, depending on the size and frequency of the requesting publication. Please e-mail Reznet for details.

All re-published Reznet content must have the reznet URL ( added to the story. If the story is republished on a Web site, the Reznet URL must link back to the Reznet home page. Stories must have the following sentence added to the end of the article: This story originally was published by Reznet ( and is used with permission.

The Reznet Team

Jason Begay, Navajo, is the director of the Reznet Web site. Scott Rouse developed the new version of the site, which launched in January 2011. Denny McAuliffe, Osage, founded Reznet and led the project until Fall 2009. Steve Chin, who developed the original version of the site, also acted as interim director.

Begay is a former reporter for the Navajo Times in Window Rock, Ariz. He is also a 2002 graduate of The University of Montana School of Journalism. Rouse is a freelance web developer living in Missoula, MT who develops web sites using open-source technology for artists, small- to medium-sized businesses, and non-profits. Previous Reznet leaders include Bill Elsen, a former Washington Post editor, Shannon Shaw (Osage), editor of the Osage News, Joe Grimm, who teaches journalism at Michigan State University, and Victor Merina, a former investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

In 2008, Reznet was a finalist for two Online Journalism Awards by the Online News Association: Specialty Site Journalism and Online Topical Reporting for coverage of political issues in the presidential campaign. Reznet was one of two national finalists in the Society of Professional Journalists' 2005 Mark of Excellence awards as Best All-Around Independent Online Student Publication. In 2003, it won the Native American Journalists Association's Native Media Award for Best Internet News Site.

Reznet is currently operating with a small staff of contributors consisting of current college students and recent graduates. They attend five colleges in four states. The project is also working closely with two colleges that serve primarily Native American students to develop online news sites for potential journalism students.

Reznet students have interned at The New York Times, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, The Associated Press, The Denver Post, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Seattle Times and numerous other newspapers.

Reznet graduates have gone on to work as professional reporters, photographers and copy editors at newspapers including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, the Tulsa World, The Post-Standard in Syracuse, N.Y., the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, The Forum in Fargo, N.D., Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune, the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D., The Navajo Times,The Osage News and the Cherokee Phoenix.

If you'd like more information about working for Reznet, donating to Reznet or advertising on Reznet, or permission to republish a Reznet story, photo or video, please call 406-243-2191 or e-mail Reznet. Reznet's mailing address is:

School of Journalism
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812

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