From the Grapevine

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Maynard SPMJ Grad Awarded Distinguished Alumni Service Award

teaserThe University of Redlands has named Collin Tong, SPMJ 1976, the recipient of its 2012 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Service Award for outstanding achievement in public service.  Past recipients include the late CBS News White House correspondent, Robert Pierpoint, US. Secretary of State Warren G. Christopher, prosecuting attorney David Boies, and ACTION/Peace Corps director Sam W. Brown, Jr., all U of R alumni.  University President James R. Appleton will confer the award at a special Presidential Convocation on Oct. 20, 2012.  Collin, a Seattle-based freelance journalist and contributing writer for Crosscut Public Media and the New York Times, is coauthor [with Susan Rava] of a forthcoming new book, Profiles in Caregiving: Journeys with Alzheimer's Disease, an anthology of original essays by 17 contributing writers.  CBS News correspondent, Barry Petersen, is among the contributors.  All royalties will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association.  [Note: Collin's wife of 40 years, Linda Tong, died last year of early-onset Alzheimer's.]


USC Annenberg School of Journalism Honored with National Diversity Award from AEJMC


The School of Journalism’s commitment to diversity – in hiring, enrolling, programming and community outreach – has been honored with the national Equity & Diversity Award from AEJMC.


Maynard Grad Collaborates on Occupy Wall St. Book

Occupying Wall Street by Writers for the 99%

Maynard Grad Amity Paye has collaborated on a recently published book about Occupy Wall Street. She has been covering Occupy for the past five months for the Amsterdam News. Its been dubbed the "Occupy Wall Street bible" by Good Magazine and with Occupations all over the country. For more information about the book visit


Maynard Grad Named Online Content Producer

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Brooke Ruth was named the Online Content Producer at the North County Times in Escondido. Ruth is a 2009 Graduate of the Maynard Institute's Multimedia Editing Program. She currently works for a sister paper of the North County Times, the Napa Valley Register in Napa. Both papers are owned by Lee Enterprises.


Maynard Board Member Named Regional Engagement Editor

Martin G. ReynoldsMaynard board member and Media Academy grad Martin G. Reynolds has been appointed as one of three regional engagement editors for the Bay Area News Group (BANG).


Maynard Grad Named Breaking News Reporter

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Maynard Multimedia Editing Program alum Kristen Bender has been named Breaking News Reporter with the Digital First Breaking News Team of the Oakland Tribune.


Maynard Grad Named Assistant City Editor

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Maynard 2011 Multimedia Editing Program alum Cecily Burt has been promoted to Assistant City Editor of Bay Area News Group. 

"We are pleased to announce that Cecily Burt has been named an assistant city editor working in Walnut Creek starting Feb. 1. As you know from her recent award for her work on the 1991 firestorm anniversary retrospective, Cecily is an experienced reporter and skilled writer who will bring a wealth of experience to her new job," said East Bay Metro Editor Kat Rowlands. 


Meet the Media Academy Class of 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tracy M. Brown PhotoTracy  M. Brown is the editor of LI Life, a Newsday Sunday featu res section about interesting people, places and things on Long Island.


The California Endowment Awards Grant to Maynard Institute and Oakland Tribune

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

MIJE and the Oakland Tribune received a $340,000 grant from The California Endowment (TCE) to partner to create programs that will strengthen the relationship between residents and the Tribune. 

The grant will fund the continuation of a Tribune reporting fellowship, a new session of Oakland Voices and community forums throughout the city.   


Maynard grad starts media company

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sundra Hominik, Multimedia Editing Program 2011 alum, recently started In Your Shoes Media, that produces print and digital content for community newspapers.