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.


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

Maynard Institute
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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.

from Maynard Forum

Gwen Ifill: 1955 to 2016

Gwen Ifill, a pioneering African-American journalist whose career evolved from an internship in a newspaper city room to the pinnacle of national political journalism, died Monday from endometrial cancer in Washington at age 61.

We at the Maynard Institute mourn her loss. She was a generous mentor, particularly to young people, and a great friend of the Institute.

Ms. Ifill was co-anchor of “The PBS NewsHour” and moderator of the PBS “Washington Week” program. She moderated a Democratic primary debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in February, before illness forced her to take a leave of absence from PBS.

From her early newspaper days in Boston and Baltimore, Ms. Ifill was a pioneer, often the only African American woman covering local political beats. The New York City native moved to the Washington Post and New York Times before transitioning her energies to broadcast media with jobs at NBC and PBS.

Gwen Ifill, who overcame barriers as a black female journalist, dies at 61 - The Washington Post

Gwen Ifill, Award-Winning Political Reporter and Author, Dies at 61 - The New York Times

Remembering Gwen Ifill - PBS

Postscript: Gwen Ifill - The New Yorker

The Life and Example of Gwen Ifill - The New York Times


Gwen Ifill: An Appreciation

By Dorothy Gilliam

Dorothy Butler Gilliam is a founding member of the Maynard Institute board of directors. She is a pioneering African-American journalist and a retired columnist for the Washington Post.

I was moved to wracking sobs when I learned of Gwen Ifill’s death today.  We interacted on so many occasions – she was my friend, former colleague at The Washington Post, my fellow worshipper at Metropolitan AME Church where she used proceeds from her book to help restore the historic edifice in downtown Washington.  She was a generous person with brains and heart who made an unparalleled impact on the world of journalism for all women but especially for African American women.

A few years ago, I joined in a roast of Gwen at the National Press Club.    I recalled meeting Gwen when she came to The Post in l984.  I shared that as the first African American woman hired as a reporter at the newspaper I had battle scars as well as triumphs from inside and outside the newsroom.  But Gwen was part of the new young generation—working on the national staff, covering presidential politics—Gwen was Baaad!  I joked that she was smart enough to leave the newspaper before her morning paper was delivered by drones and eventually to land in television.  I recalled it was many years later before I learned that Gwen and I had something in common—we were both PK’s—Preacher’s Kids—daughters of ministers in the AME Church.  Our fathers’ ministries often required us to live in different cities—hard times for the kids because that meant new schools, neighborhoods, playmates.  We had to learn survival skills early. I joked that she still shuddered each April when she remembered when ministers like her father learned whether they and their families would have to move to a new city or could remain where they were for another year.  I was flattered that in response to my toast she called me a role model.

Gwen was the consummate professional who played the news straight in all her work.  But occasionally on the PBS Newshour she could give a guest a quick, slightly incredulous look that to me said, “Oh no, you didn’t go there!”  I loved the joy that emanated from Gwen despite the pressures of her work.  I loved Gwen Ifill—one of the most successful female journalist in journalism history.


from Grapevine

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.

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