From the Grapevine

With this column, the Maynard Institute re-introduces Grapevine, our showcase for the accomplishments of our graduates, faculty, and friends. You can be a part too - apply for the Multimedia Editing Program.

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2013 Oakland Voices Grad to host Youth Radio Chat

2013 Oakland Voices Alum Sheila Blandón will be hosting an online chat on Youth Radio today to discuss unemployment among youth and young adults.


MIJE Mourns the Passing of Raul Ramirez

Raul Ramirez at the 1979 Summer Program for Minority JournalistsRaul Ramirez was a friend and supporter of this Institute from its earliest days. In the late 1970s,  Raul served as an editor and teacher in the then Institute for Journalism Education's summer-long reporting program. In recent years he he spoke on ethics for the Maynard Institute's Voices program for correspondents from local communities and hosted the group in a visit to KQED. He helped whenever he was called.


Maynard Grad Debra Adams Simmons Named President-Elect of APME

Debra Adams Simmons was just named the President-Elect of APME - she is a grad from our MTC 2002 class.

Q&A with APME President-Elect Debra Adams Simmons - By Devan Filchak, Ball State University


Collin Tong, SPMJ '76, Completes New Book

Collin Tong, SPMJ '76,  completed a new book, Into The Storm: Journeys With Alzheimer's, an anthology of stories by 23 journalists, writers, educators, social workers, clergy, and healthcare practitioners who share their experiences caring for family members with Alzheimer's Disease. It will be published in January 2014.  Collin is a correspondent for Crosscut News in Seattle and University Outlook magazine.


MIJE Mourns the Passing of Journalist Broderick Perkins, SPMJ '79 Alum

MIJE mourns the passing of journalist Broderick Perkins. He was part of the Summer Program for Minority Journalists Class of 1979.

[Broderick Perkins obituary]


MIJE President Named One of 12 Smartest Women on Twitter

MIJE President, Dori Maynard, was named one of the 12 smartest women of color on Twitter by the technology, media and policy site

12 of The Smartest Women of Color on Twitter, Published September 22 -


MIJE Board Member Keynotes Workshop at Jackson State University

MIJE Board Member, Martin G. Reynolds, was the keynote speaker and led a workshop at Jackson State University titled "Connecting with Diverse Communities."

Article on the event at


Media Academy Alum Hired as Senior Digital Producer for The Stream

Latoya Peterson, Media Academy 2011 grad, has been hired as a Senior Digital Producer for The Stream, a show on Al Jazeera America.


MIJE Board Member Appointed to LA Police Commission

MIJE board member, former journalist and media executive Paula Madison has been appointed to the L.A. Police Commission, the civilian panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department.


NABJ Elects Bob Butler as the 20th President to Lead the Association

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) elected Vice President of Broadcast Bob Butler as the 20th president of the association. Butler is an award-winning multimedia journalist at KCBS radio in San Francisco, CA.

Bob has been a contributing columnist for the Maynard Institute, and a partner of The Chauncey Bailey Project.