From the Grapevine

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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


UNT Mayborn Journalism School earns AEJMC 2016 Equity and Diversity Award

The UNT Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism and the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism has earned the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's 2016 Equity and Diversity Award. Dorothy Bland, a graduate of the Maynard Institute's Editing Program, is dean of the Mayborn School of Journalism and Graduate Institute Director. Bland credits the great team - faculty and staff - at the school for the award.


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.


MIJE Board Member and Voices Co-Founder Wins Distinguished Journalist Award

Martin G. Reynolds of Digital First Media receives the SPJ NorCal Board of Directors’ Distinguished Service to Journalism Award. Reynolds is senior editor for community engagement and training for Bay Area News Group and Digital First Media, western region.

[Link to full article at]


Nolan McCaskill Awarded POLITICO Reporting Fellowship

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Nolan D. McCaskill has been awarded a one-year POLITICO reporting fellowship to cover political and congressional news starting next year. He  recently participated in the POLITICO Journalism Institute for college students, a joint program of POLITICO, the Maynard Institute and American University. He is scheduled to graduate from Florida A&M University in December.


Kara Andrade, former MIJE Web Editor, now Ph.D. Student

Kara Andrade, former web editor for the Maynard Institute, is now a Ph.D. graduate student at the School of Communication at American University in Washington DC.

Her work focuses on the use of technology and online media for democracy and peace-building in developing nations.

[Read more about Kara]


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]


Maynard Alum Aric Johnson Appointed to New Gannett Post

Maynard Alum Aric Johnson was appointed to his new Gannett post earlier this year.

Johnson attended the Editing Program for Minority Journalists in 1997, as well as the Management Training Center in 2004.


MIJE named finalist in NABJ 2014 Salute to Excellence Awards

Maynard Institute's BrotherSpeak program, in partnership with The Washington Post, has been nominated for a Salute to Excellence Award in one of its digital media categories

The finalists will be announced at the convention in Boston on August 2, 2014.


Grad Kathy Lu to Take Part in AAJA's Exec. Leadership Program

Media Academy grad Kathy Lu is taking part this week in the Executive Leadership Program of the Asian American Journalists Association. Kathy moved last year from the Roanoke Times to the Kansas City Star where she is assistant managing editor for features.