From the Grapevine

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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.


Christopher Johnson's Story on All Things Considered

Christopher Johnson, director for Oakland Voices and 2010 Multimedia Editing Program graduate, reported yesterday on a recently published NPR poll on relationships between black men and women.

For Black Singles, A Big Gender Split On Views Of Long-Term Relationships, NPR All Things Considered, June 4, 2013 (Follow the link to hear the broadcast or read the transcript).


Oakland Effect Journalist Scott Johnson Publishes Memoir

Hardcover, 304 pages

The Wolf and The Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA
By Scott Johnson

Growing up, Scott C. Johnson always suspected that his father was different. Only as a teenager did he discover the truth: his father was a spy, one of the CIA’s most trusted officers. At first the secret was thrilling. But over time Scott began to have doubts. How could a man so rigorously trained to deceive and manipulate simply turn off those skills at home? His father had been living a double life for so long that his lies were hard to separate from the truth.

- Amazon Book Description (Read More)


Tammerlin Drummond, '85 SPMJ Grad, selected for 2014 Nieman Fellowship

Tammerlin Drummond, '85 SPMJ Grad, has been selected for the U.S. Nieman Fellows class of 2014.


Collin Tong Starts Public Affairs Consulting Practice in Seattle

The USC Annenberg School of Communication’s Reporting on Health blog [] tomorrow will be posting Collin Tong's (SPMJ '76) May 7th review of a new comedy, “Assisted Living” by Seattle playwright, Katie Forgette.


Media Academy Grad Selected for Knight Journalism Fellowship

Tran HaMaynard Institute Alum Tran Ha has been awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University for academic year 2013-2014.


2010 Oakland Voices Grad Brian Beveridge Gets Award

2010 Oakland Voices grad and West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project Executive Director Brian Beveridge gets an Oakland League of Women Voters "Making Democracy Work" award.


Michelle Johnson named NABJ Journalism Educator of the Year

NABJ has named Boston University professor Michelle Johnson Journalism Educator of the Year. Johnson has served as a valuable instructor for the Maynard Institute Multimedia Editing Program for several years.

NABJ Honors Boston University’s Michelle Johnson as Journalism Educator of the Year, Award Announcement at, April 16,2013.