From the Grapevine

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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."

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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.


Martin G. Reynolds Honored as Innovator of the Year

Judges chose Martin G. Reynolds as Innovator of the Year for 2012 in Digital First Media newsrooms.

“The projects Martin has spearheaded continue to push the Tribune and Bay Area News Group in new and dynamic directions,” Oakland Tribune Managing Editor Pamela Turntine said of Reynolds, former editor of the Tribune. “He truly is an innovator in our organization and in our industry.”


Maynard Alum, Crystal Nix-Hines, Nominated to a State Dept. Post

Crystal Nix-Hines (1992 Management Training Center alum), a Los Angeles attorney and former writer on “Alias” and “The Practice,” is being nominated to a State Department post as a representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO.


Maynard Institute President Dori Maynard Elected to ASNE Board

Dori MaynardMIJE President Dori Maynard was elected to a two year term on the ASNE Board. The ASNE Board of Directors also added 8 new members and elected a new executive committee at the organization's annual convention in Washington, D.C.


Maynard Alum and Faculty Member Gracie Lawson-Borders Appointed to Dean

Gracie Lawson-Borders was named Dean of Howard University's School of Communications, the appointment is effective July 1, 2013. Lawson-Borders was a graduate of the Editing Program for Minority Journalists, class of 1987. She went on to serve as a faculty member for the program in 1988. In 1995, she graduated from the Management Training Center.


Mark Trahant to Serve as UAA 2013-14 Atwood Chair of Journalism

Journalist Mark Trahant, MIJE Board Chair, will serve as the 20th Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The position brings nationally known journalists to teach courses and speak to students, journalists and the public in Alaska.