Welcome to the Maynard Institute

Welcome to The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education -  We promote diversity in the news media through improved coverage, hiring, business practices & training programs that equip journalists with leadership, multimedia skills and subject expertise for news organizations across platforms. Our primary mission is to ensure that all segments of our diverse society are fairly, accurately and credibly portrayed.


Richard Prince's Journal-isms™

Baquet Seeks More Diverse N.Y. Times Readership

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Honored by N.Y. black journalists, editor urges outreach; public TV boards dominated by corporate interests; feds urged to investigate treatment of journalists in Ferguson; 3 FCC commissioners say "Redskins" term is offensive; readers weigh in on "Top 10 House Negroes in America"; Boston Herald columnist apologizes for Obama cartoon; Sharpton offers "preacher status" to donors; Jeter website to enable athletes to bypass reporters (10/1/14)


Editors-in-Residence Program | FDP

Gregg Birnbaum | Mentor


Twitter chat Wednesday, October 1st, 2 pm ET
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Gregg Birnbaum is a deputy managing editor. Gregg, 50, brings over 25 years of experience as a reporter and editor in the political arena. Before joining POLITICO in January 2011, Gregg served as the political editor of the New York Post, supervising the paper’s coverage of national, state and city politics, and prior to that he was a reporter for six years in both the Post’s Albany and City Hall bureaus. From 2005 to 2008, Gregg also created and managed JustHillary.com, a ground-breaking website devoted to coverage of Hillary’s Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. He has worked as a political reporter for the Times-Herald Record in Middletown, N.Y, and the South Bend Tribune in South Bend, Ind., as a capitol correspondent based in Indianapolis. A Washington, D.C., native, Gregg is a graduate of Tufts University in Medford, Mass, and holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.



Tom Ballantyne | Mentor


Twitter chat Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2 pm ET
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TOM BALLANTYNE  is a career and transition counselor and coach with more than 25 years of experience in helping people find their right livelihoods.  He is currently with the Bay Area Career Center in San Francisco. His practice centers on successful transitions for job seekers and career changers. Tom was previously a senior consultant for Torchiana, Mastrov & Sapiro, the largest independent career management solutions firm in Northern California.  Before joining TMS, he was director of the Graduate Business Career Center at San Francisco State University.  Before transitioning to the counseling field, he was an executive recruiter in San Francisco. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Francisco State University and holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University.



from The Front Door Project

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editor, Gilbert Bailon, Talks Ferguson Coverage on #diversitychat

Gilbert Bailon (Photo: Twitter)


Our conversation is scheduled for:
Tuesday, September 30, 2 p.m. Eastern

Follow Gilbert at @GilbertBailon
Follow #diversitychat #Ferguson @TeamMije


For two months, Ferguson, Missouri, and the killing there of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer, has been a national and international story.
The death of Brown has driven the conversation on numerous topics: police misconduct, the right to protest, the media depiction of black men, and racial disparities in economic and political power.
On Tuesday, the Maynard Institute will host a chat with Gilbert Bailon, editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about how he and his staff covered these events in that nearby suburb, what they’ve learned, and coverage going forward.


from Oakland Voices

Community Change Agents

Thursday, September 4, 2014

By Gerald Green – On a Thursday in August,  I heard English and Spanish as I watched African- American and Latino families share a pot-luck dinner in honor of mothers graduating from the Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network’s (PLAN) intensive five-week summer leadership program.


March Against Police Brutality in Solidarity with Ferguson

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

By Erick Chavarría – The path of the march was to go to the Oakland police station but we went much farther. I arrived to see around 100 people gathered around the corner of 14th & Broadway in the Frank Ogawa Plaza. Most of the people were wearing black. I had just finished work, so I was still in my slacks and shirt. I walked around and saw medical tents, a strong police presence and two helicopters over head. Some medical tents lined the perimeter. These people were prepared for something big.


from Maynard Forum

10 New Things You Might Not Know About Hispanics

It’s smart to stay current. A lot of what folks thought they knew about Hispanics and Latinos is changing. And the picture will continue to change as marketers, demographers and others spend more time researching this growing group, now 17 percent of the U.S. population. This quiz is brought to you by “100 Questions and Answers About Hispanics & Latinos,” published in May by Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. Like any large group of people, research that generally describes this diverse group of more than 50 million people cannot describe any individual. There are all kinds of variations.

Take the quiz >>


After “Selfie” at Mandela Service, More Stereotyping of First Lady

Media coverage of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela was inclusive — up to a point. That this one South African had changed minds and changed the world was clear during scenes from the service broadcast around the world.

But when that big story was overwhelmed, then reduced to President Obama’s handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro and first lady Michelle Obama’s reaction to the president’s picture-taking with two other heads of state, it was business as usual.


from Dori Maynard

How Sherman 'Rant' Could Help Change Coverage of Black Men

On a friend’s Facebook page, a commenter contended that the Richard Sherman controversy was just a sideshow. More important, she wrote, we should be focusing on the push to roll back civil rights.

Yes, a football player talking trash after a game should be a sideshow. And, according to Deadspin, when white athletes such as Brett Favre act up, it is exactly that.

In Sherman’s case, though, an argument can be made that it is the main show, with very familiar themes.


from Grapevine

Nolan McCaskill Awarded POLITICO Reporting Fellowship

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Nolan D. McCaskill has been awarded a one-year POLITICO reporting fellowship to cover political and congressional news starting next year. He  recently participated in the POLITICO Journalism Institute for college students, a joint program of POLITICO, the Maynard Institute and American University. He is scheduled to graduate from Florida A&M University in December.


MIJE Webinars

Entrepreneurial Journalism: Trahant as Enterprise

Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
Friday, April 26, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)

Follow this link to purchase the On-Demand Recording of this webinar.


in Health & the Media

WBBM-TV Issues Statement on 4-Year-Old Boy Clip

August 24, 2011

On Aug. 12, Bob Butler reported on the Maynard Institute website about WBBM-TV in Chicago airing a story on a shooting. It included video of a 4-year-old boy saying he wanted his own gun. The station edited out the rest of the boy’s statement that he wanted the gun because he wants to be a police officer. Butler also reported that “there is no diversity in WBBM’s management.”

In response, Jeff Kiernan, vice president and news director for WBBM-TV in Chicago, sent this statement to the Institute:


BBC Coverage of London Riots

Bob Butler
August 23, 2011

News coverage of black men and boys often paints them in a negative light no matter where they are in the world.

The latest example was coverage of London, which experienced four nights of rioting, looting and arson after a black man was shot to death by police.

BBC television news reports and other global news channels showed crowds rioting and looting. While people of all races and ages engaged in criminal behavior, young black men were singled out as being primarily responsible.