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™

How Did "No Angel" Line About Ferguson Victim Get Through?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Writer says having more black editors might help; N.Y. Times columnist Charles Blow says he's bisexual, sort of; women, people of color to gain 6 full-power TV stations; HuffPost BlackVoices seeks new editor as Danielle Cadet moves on; Michigan State, foundations rescue high school J-program; ex-editor Ottey, traveling globe, to stop at China Daily; Turner to trim 6 percent with voluntary buyouts; William Greaves, pioneering documentarian, dies at 87 (9/1/14)

 

Editors-in-Residence Program | FDP

Virgil Smith | Mentor

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Twitter chat Wednesday, Sept. 3
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Virgil L. Smith earned his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco. He began his media career in 1971 at The Sacramento Bee, where he held a number of positions including circulation manager and personnel director before moving to the Fresno Bee (California) as the director of consumer marketing and chief labor negotiator in 1984. In 1991 he joined the Gannett Company as associate publisher in Stockton, California; and was named president and publisher in 1992 before serving as the assistant to the senior group president of the Gannett Pacific Group in Reno, Nevada. In 1996, he served as president and publisher of the Asheville, Citizen-Times (North Carolina) for ten years. In September 2006 he was appointed Vice President for Talent Management for the Gannett Company; in October 2010, his title was changed to Vice President Talent Acquisition and Diversity. In August 2014, responsibilities were changed to focus on diversity initiatives for Gannett. He has earned numerous professional and community awards, including being named one of the top three managers in Gannett and awarded a Gannett President’s Ring.

 

 
  

from The Front Door Project

Thoughts on Fathers and Fatherhood

Jeff Yang's youngest son, Skyler, custom made father's day card.Sunday is Father’s Day. There are always articles and broadcasts to mark the occasion. Often, fathers of color are barely mentioned. So, here are some thoughts on fathers and fatherhood from some men whose work we admire. - MIJE Staff

 
  

from Oakland Voices

The Rock

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

By Gerald Green - A petite yellow butterfly air-danced above my head while I looked towards the intersection of Elysian Fields Drive and Golf Links Road. Speeding car tire sounds reverberated in my ear. Many drivers approaching didn’t slow to turn left on to Elysian Fields, but those who did saw a large flat oblong river rock with humps pointing skyward at both ends. “Sequoyah Highlands” engraved on its face, the rock serves as the gateway to my neighborhood.

 
  

Ms. Lola’s Place

Friday, July 11, 2014

By Tom Webb - It may seem odd to suggest that a homeless woman actually has a place to call her own.  Ms. Lola is a middle-aged African-American woman who stands vigil on International Boulevard near 50th Avenue each day. I introduced myself to her last September and she told me her name. A neighbor told me Ms. Lola has lived in this East Oakland neighborhood for a long time.

 
  

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

2014 POLITICO Journalism Institute Summer Session Graduates

The POLITICO Journalism Institute graduated a dozen students last Friday, marking a new effort to diversify the pipeline of young journalists who aspire to cover politics and government.

POLITICO partnered with the Maynard Institute and American University to create the program. Support for the program came from the Knight Foundation.

"Diverse talent; one purpose," is how Melhor Marie Leonor, a multimedia journalist and a rising senior at Florida International University, summed up the ten-day program.

[Read more about the program]

 
  

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.

 
  

in Health & the Media

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

August 24, 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 23, 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.