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.


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Best Voices of 2015 - 2016

From the very beginning, at the orientation weekend in July, the Oakland Voices 2015 correspondents shared a connection that no one could really explain. It started during a writing exercise and they just clicked. That bond would help them navigate stories about resilient family members, neighborhood businesses trying to make a difference, community organizers providing essential services and their own reactions to President Barack Obama’s executive order regarding gun violence and regulations. They organized two successful, informative community forums on displacement, Oakland’s major issue. They made discoveries about their own neighborhoods and took on complex issues such as gentrification and human trafficking. They highlighted delightful and unusual holiday celebrations in their communities. At the end of the program, they said they felt they had found or rediscovered their voices and plan to continue to tell the stories they see around them. Here are some of the highlights of their work. - Brenda Payton, Oakland Voices Coordinator

They became advocates for healthy lifestyles. They reminisced about childhood inspirations. They celebrated the vibrancy of their evolving city, but with caution. They understand when change happens, people get left behind. The Sacramento Voices cohort for 2015-16 created a remarkably diverse body of work, writing about their South Sacramento communities with insight, depth and passion matched by no other media platform. Equally compelling was the quality of the writing. The pieces here reflect not just accumulated knowledge and snapshots of 10 lives lived in a specific place and time, but a unique community literary accomplishment of enduring journalistic craftsmanship. - Robert Graswich, Sacramento Voices Coordinator

 - Part 2 -

Rep. Barbara Lee Town Hall on Gun Violence Highlights Impact on the Community
By Rosalinda Hernandez
Oakland Voices

Kids learn joy of food. Even eggplant
By Audreyell Anderson
Sacramento Voices


Oakland Voices Graduation 2016

Oakland Voices correspondents reflect on what they learned during the 10-month program.

Video by Randy Filio


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Three Lost Souls: Stories about race, class and loneliness

Book CoverWoody Lewis, essayist and former web architect for the Maynard Institute, has just published "Three Lost Souls: Stories about race, class and loneliness," as a Kindle Ebook.