From the Grapevine

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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.


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