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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.

 

Richard Prince's Journal-isms™

Sudden Change of Editors at Ebony

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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

Herbert Lowe | Mentor

Herbert Lowe

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Herbert Lowe is in his fourth year as the journalism professional in residence in the Diederich College of Communication at his alma mater, Marquette University, in Milwaukee. He teaches students best practices to present reports and stories across multiple platforms – including print, broadcast, online, mobile, social media, etc. He also enjoys giving presentations aimed at helping journalism students create “hire me” digital portfolios and to otherwise create and expand their online brand as they seek jobs.

 

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from The Front Door Project

Five Résumé Tips That Can Land You a Job

This week in Diversity Chat, we have a Q-&-A on résumés and job hunting with veteran editor and recruiter Jodi Schneider. She has volunteered time and helped many journalists make the transition to new work through her “resume doctor” workshops. Read on for Jodi’s excellent guidance. - MIJE Staff


1. What makes a résumé effective in this market?

Résumés have changed, along with journalism and the media landscape. If you haven’t updated yours in a while, you may be surprised by what you need and don’t need to emphasize.

First, remember that this is a snapshot meant to encompass highlights of your experience, showcase career successes and provide contact details. It is not meant to catalog every job, internship and position you’ve ever held. If you have more than a decade of news media experience, you’ll have to pick and choose what to emphasize and include.

 
  

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)
NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND!

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.