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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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.


Collin Tong, SPMJ grad '76, nominated for SPJ award

Collin Tong, Maynard SPMJ grad '76, has been nominated for a Society of Professional Journalists award of excellence.


Kevin Merida, Maynard Grad '79, to lead Wash Post as M.E.

Kevin Merida, Maynard Grad '79, will become the Managing Editor of the Washington Post. He will be the first African American to assume this role at the Post.


Benét Wilson Appointed to ONA Board

Benét Wilson

The Online News Association today announced the appointment of Benét Wilson, eNewsletters/Social Media Editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, to its 2013 Board of Directors.


Maynard Grad Named Editor of Juneau County Star Times

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Michael ThompsonMaynard Multimedia Editing Program 2011 graduate Michael Thompson has been hired as the new editor of the Juneau County Star-Times in Mauston, WI.

He was formerly editor of the Sauk Prairie Eagle, appointed November 2011.



Maynard SPMJ Grad Awarded Distinguished Alumni Service Award

Collin TongThe University of Redlands, conferred its highest honor, the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Service Award, on Collin Tong, Maynard SPMJ grad '76, at its annual presidential convocation during Homecoming last month.

"Collin believes that people are all interconnected and once we get to know each other our kinship outweighs our differences. He has followed this philosophy to impact the world around him and create positive change."

- From the Award Citiation


Maynard Grad's Reporting Praised by NYT Ombudsman

Photo: Monica AlmeidaCongratulations to Mia Navarro (SPMJ '79), whose local environmental reporting for the New York Times was praised by the paper's ombudsman.

Sounding the Warning on Preparedness for Hurricane Sandy By Margaret
Sullivan, Public Editor's Journal, NYTimes Blog, October 31, 2012

The column includes Mia's reflections on her work.


Fault Lines Training at Digital First Media

Digital First Media has announced a new diversity training plan that will include the implementation of Maynard Institute's Fault Lines framework.

Click here to learn more about our Fault Lines framework. 


Edward Iwata, Award-winning Business Writer and Maynard Grad ('81) Publishes New Book

Edward Iwata, an award-winning business writer and graduate of the 1981 Summer Program for Minority Journalists, has independently published Fusion Entrepreneurs: Cross-Cultural Execs & Companies Revolutioning the Global Economy. (Amazon, Smashwords and other e-book sites.)