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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.


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Examining Fault Lines in a Time of Political Earthquakes

By Jean Marie Brown

As journalists continue their post-election coverage review and plot strategies for the first 100 days of the Trump administration they should consider adopting a plan built around covering the nation’s Fault Lines, rather than continuing to obsess on day-to-day conflict.

The Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 inspired the late Robert Maynard to suggest much like geological fault lines, the social Fault Lines of class, gender, generation, geography, and race crisscross the U.S. His work is the basis of the Maynard Institute’s Fault Lines diversity workshops.

The metaphor was doubly appropriate because most of the 63 deaths were attributed to the collapse of the Cypress Street Viaduct (Nimitz Freeway), which hadn’t been structurally reinforced.

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Maynard Grad Mistaken Target in Social Media Wars

This first person account is by Doris Truong, a graduate of Maynard's Media Academy for managers and past president of the Asian American Journalists Association. - MIJE Staff

Trolls decided I was taking pictures of Rex Tillerson’s notes. I wasn’t even there.

By Doris Truong

There’s a joke among Asian Americans that people think we all look the same. That joke became my own personal Pizzagate late Wednesday: I got caught in a terrible case of mistaken identity that was exacerbated by the speed at which false information spreads on social media.

I work as a homepage editor at The Washington Post. Because Wednesday was my day off, I hadn’t been online much. But before I went to bed, I noticed a message request on Facebook. Someone I didn’t know asked: “Any comment on you taking photos of Rex Tillerson’s notes?” When I checked Twitter, I had to scroll for several minutes to figure out what was going on. It seemed to start with this post: “Who is this woman and why is she secretly snapping photos of Rex Tillerson’s notes?”

Read the full article at washingtonpost.com


Clearly we are at a crossroads. As you look around the United States today, it can be difficult to see this nation’s promise. Instead, we see a country that seems powerless over its self-dividing culture, a nation whose institutions are becoming unmanageable, whose media urges it further from sanity.” - Robert C. Maynard

Moving Forward from 2016

In challenging times, we at the Maynard Institute look to our founders for inspiration and guidance. These words from institute co-founder Bob Maynard are as relevant today as when he wrote them, even though he passed away more than two decades ago.

In the aftermath of the tumultuous election  -- and the questions it raised about how the media fulfilled its role in our democracy -- we at the Maynard Institute are engaged and ready to pursue constructive solutions concerning today’s issues of fair coverage and ensuring that, in Bob’s words, “all Americans have front-door access to the truth.”

This statement takes on new meaning as we navigate an age where the echo-chamber of the virtual space has all but erased our ability to share a common “truth.”

We have great tools to build on. Our Fault Lines framework asks users to consider differences not just across race, but also across class, gender, generation and geography. Do you wonder, as we do, how different coverage in the past year would have been if Fault Lines had been widely used?

2016 has been a year of hope for the institute. Thanks to the Knight and Ford foundations, we were able to embark on an ambitious strategic planning initiative while maintaining programs and operations.

In the coming weeks, expect to see announcements from us regarding:

  • New training for journalists and media entrepreneurs.
  • New training for college and university students and faculty.
  • New avenues for distributing our Fault Lines training.

Current events have made the institute’s work more relevant than ever.
We hope you’ll be part of our future work.  To support the institute, please use the “Donate” button at www.mije.org or send contributions to the

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With best wishes,

Evelyn Hsu                    Martin Reynolds
Executive Director          Maynard Institute Fellow

The institute is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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Our Condolences to Brenda Payton Jones

Dr. James Williams (photo)Condolences to Oakland Voices coordinator Brenda Payton Jones who lost her father, Dr. James Williams, November 23. Dr. Williams was one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.

To read more about Dr. Williams, please follow the links below:

Dr. James Williams, Las Crucen who served with Tuskegee Airmen, dies

NM native, Tuskegee Airman dies, age 97