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™

Sudden Change of Editors at Ebony

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jet's Mitzi Miller replaces Amy DuBois Barnett; why can't jailed people of color be three dimensional?; Poynter's Stephen Buckley to run youth program in Zambia; New York police outreach becomes P.R. disaster; Lupita Nyong'o is people's "most beautiful person"; Avis Thomas-Lester leaving Afro-American papers; People en Español insert features English-language content; Zoraida Sambolin returns to Chicago's WMAQ as co-anchor (4/23/14)


Editors-in-Residence Program | FDP

Eugene Kane | Mentor


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Eugene Kane has been an award winning columnist and blogger in Milwaukee for more than 30 years.

Kane, a native of Philadelphia and graduate of Temple University, has written a regular metro column for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel along with regular Sunday Crossroads columns.

He is the winner of two National Headliner Awards for Best Local Column, a National Association of Black Journalist award for Best Commentary and Best General Column from the national Society of Professional Journalists.

Kane was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University in Palo Alto during the 1992-93 academic year and has also been a lecturer at UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University.

His career has been devoted to providing a voice for readers on issues most important to them and advocating for more diversity in the media.


from The Front Door Project

This week on DiversityChat, Yumi Wilson of LinkedIn

Having a list of diverse sources is important to ensure full and accurate coverage in our reporting. There are digital tools that can help. This week on DiversityChat, Yumi Wilson, corporate communications manager for LinkedIn, shows us some ways to use this professional networking tool to locate new, different and diverse sources.  Wilson also has advice for how subject matter experts of color can broaden their profiles so they are more easily located by the media.

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from Maynard Forum

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.


What Really Happened at the First Thanksgiving? The Wampanoag Side of the Tale and What’s Done Today

We know what we’re taught in mainstream media and in schools is made up. What’s the Wampanoag version of what happened?

Yeah, it was made up. It was Abraham Lincoln who used the theme of Pilgrims and Indians eating happily together. He was trying to calm things down during the Civil War when people were divided. It was like a nice unity story.


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

Sundra Hominick, Maynard Grad 2011, Promoted to Director of Content

Sundra Hominik PictureSundra Hominik (@SundraHTDA), Maynard Multimedia Editing Program Grad 2011, was recently promoted to Director of Content/Entertainment, Culture & Multimedia for The Advertiser.

She also recently interviewed Marcus Brown, who played "Jasper," a supporting character in the Academy Award winning film "12 Years a Slave."

Marcus and his wife own a film production studio in Lafayette, LA.


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.


from Oakland Voices

OV 2013 Grad Sabirah Mustafa commentary airs on NPR affiliate KQED

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Congratulations to Oakland Voices 2013 grad Sabirah Mustafa whose commentary, Oakland Woman Finds Mental Health Beyond Medication, aired yesterday on The California Report, produced by KQED, the nation's most popular NPR affiliate.


PHOTOS: Congratulations, Graduates!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Congratulations to all of our East Oakland 2012-2013 correspondents. We were thrilled to celebrate your hard work, and your commitment to your city, at our graduation last month.

The Oakland Tribune, The Maynard Institute, and your site director Christopher Johnson wish you all nothing but the best as you continue to tell the stories of your communities. Oakland needs you.


from Jackson Voices

Open Carry: What’s the Fuss

It has been several weeks since the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling in Hinds County prohibiting the open carrying of weapons as outlined in Section 12 of the 1890 Mississippi Constitution.

I must admit I feel “less than intelligent” because I was unaware that I had that right (to openly carry) under our constitution.  I am familiar with my right to protect myself, my home and property under the “Castle Doctrine” law, which was passed by the Legislature in 1998, but I must admit this caught a lot of people off-guard.


in Health & the Media

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

August 25, 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 24, 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.