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CIR and MIJE announce the Dori J. Maynard Senior Research Fellows program

The Center for Investigative Reporting and The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education are pleased to announce the launch of the Dori J. Maynard Senior Research Fellows program.

Continuing and deepening the work of both organizations, the program is designed to bring together researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to examine the intersection of race, power and media. Their research will be a resource for media organizations, academic institutions, foundations and others.

The program is named for Dori J. Maynard, the late president and CEO of the Maynard Institute who worked tirelessly to push the news media to accurately reflect the diversity of the nation. She died Feb. 24, 2015 in her home in Oakland, CA after a battle with cancer.

She was 56.

The fellowship will be led by Lindsay Green-Barber, Ph.D., CIR’s director of strategic research.

We are pleased to announce the first cohort of senior fellows:

  • Meredith Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Mayborn School of Journalism at University of North Texas and a graduate of the Maynard Media Academy for managers.

  • Jana Diesner, Ph.D., assistant professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s iSchool and affiliate at the Department of Computer Science.

  • Laura K. Nelson, Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow in the Management and Organizations Department in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and affiliate at the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems. In September, Nelson will become an assistant professor in Northeastern University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Joaquin Alvarado, CEO of CIR, said, “We are excited to collaborate with the Maynard Institute to honor and extend the legacy of leadership, learning and courage the institute has provided in journalism. I can think of no better way to celebrate Dori than by pursuing the mission she was so dedicated to. CIR is committed to these principles and values and models them every day we come to work.”

“We admire the work and the leadership of The Center for Investigative Reporting, and we are thrilled to be partners with them in advancing innovative research and thoughtful discussion of  race, power and media,” said Evelyn Hsu, executive director of the Maynard Institute.

Maynard board member Martin G. Reynolds said, “This research collaboration with CIR reflects a new strategy for an invigorated institute that seeks to develop research that shows, unequivocally, the value of achieving diversity in staffing, coverage and revenue.”

Of the senior research fellowship initiative, Jonathan Kaufman, director of Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, said, “This project demonstrates the growing intersection of data, data analysis and journalism. Collaboration between universities, nonprofits like CIR and the Maynard institute and media partners is the future of deeply-reported, high-impact journalism. Northeastern is proud to be at the cutting edge of this new field.”

Starting this month, CIR and the Maynard Institute will host a series of Equity Exchanges with key stakeholders and potential collaborators to discuss the project and get feedback on research questions the fellows will examine.

The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education is the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to helping the news media accurately portray all segments of society, particularly those often overlooked, such as communities of color. The institute has been the pre-eminent organization working to support journalists of color, while pushing newsrooms across the nation to achieve diversity in coverage, hiring and business. The organization is coming out of a strategic planning process to reimagine itself to serve media in the 21st century. Part of that service centers on research to help support the need for diversity and equity in media.

Founded in 1977, The Center for Investigative Reporting is the nation’s first independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization dedicated to public service journalism. CIR empowers the public through groundbreaking investigative storytelling that sparks action, improves lives and protects our democracy. Over the last three years, CIR has convened academic researchers, media makers and others to undertake collaborative research projects and advance the field.

The announcement of this collaboration coincides with the anniversary of the Washington, D.C., memorial honoring Dori Maynard. Hundreds gathered at the Newseum on May 4, 2015, to remember her as a champion of diversity and a friend and mentor to many. This fellowship is a tribute to her memory and her work.


Oakland Voices Community Forum on Affordable Housing

At the Oakland Voices community forum on affordable housing earlier this month, expert panelists offered an unusually optimistic view of ways to secure affordable housing in Oakland, in spite of the city’s housing crisis. Strategies ranged from constructing housing for teachers, securing impact fees from developers to fund affordable housing and linking livable wages to issues of housing. The panel made it clear that the city has many tools to accommodate its working class families and residents.


Dorothy Butler Gilliam Honored With The Anne O'Hare McCormick Trailblazer Award

Maynard Institute board member was honored last week by the directors of Anne O'Hare McCormick Memorial Fund with the group's first trailblazer award. Following are excerpts from Gilliam's remarks on accepting the award:

I was privileged to be a part of, to have an eye on the struggle – and to survive – some of the events that resulted in the transformation of this country, of my America — from separate and brutally unequal to an African-American president in the white house.

I grew up in the south.   In 1941, when I was five years old, my family moved from Memphis to Louisville.  My father, a minister in the African methodist episcopal church, was assigned to build a new  church – which he did.

In Louisville, I lived segregation.  My neighbors were black.  We lived in the segregated neighborhood south of downtown Louisville known as St. Catherine.  My classmates were black.  I attended the segregated neighborhood school for the colored.  Yes, before we were black, before we were african-americans. The colored.  That is what we were called before we were negroes.

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Bob Maynard’s vision of news via computer recalled as East Bay newspapers consolidate

By Brenda Payton

I was in a meeting with Bob Maynard. It must have been in the early ’80s. When he took over as editor of the Oakland Tribune, he was the first African American to lead a mainstream daily newspaper. But that wasn’t the topic of discussion at the meeting.

“You know, one day people will not be getting their news from newspapers,” he said, holding up a Tribune. “They’ll be reading it on their computers.” 

Even 30-plus years later, I remember his words. We looked at him as if he were crazy. No newspapers? News on the computer? What was he talking about? (I thought he might have mentioned the word “Internet.” But looking back, his observation predated common references to that term, first used in 1982, according to

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Inspirational words for Sac Voices

Sacramento City College journalism professor Dianne Heimer and Sacramento Voices alum Burt Clemons used heartfelt and inspirational words to describe the importance of community journalism at a Sacramento Voices training workshop in February.

Heimer examined how traditional media outlets overlook stories in many South Sacramento neighborhoods, unless the stories involve crime.

“You are the only people who can tell the real stories from those neighborhoods, because you live there and are part of the community,” she said. “This is a significant and wonderful opportunity.”

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Community Forum Keeps Us Safe

From kitchen fires to downed power lines, community members learned essential safety skills at a Sacramento Voices Community Forum and Town Hall organized by Voices correspondent Marianna Sousa, with assistance from correspondent Kalaisha Totty. The highly successful event was held Jan. 28 at the Sacramento City College Student Center.

“The issue of safety effects all of us, from babies to elders, even your pets,” Sousa told the audience.

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Robert Montemayor, part of Pulitzer-winning LAT team, has died

Robert Montemayor, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, media executive, author, and educator, died Oct. 22 at the age of 62. He had suffered from cancer and had recently moved back to his hometown of Lubbock, TX from Bloomfield, N.J.

Born in Tahoka, TX, he started his journalism career as a feature and news writer for the Dallas Times Herald and then the Los Angeles Times, where he was a member of a team that won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service.

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Evelyn Hsu Appointed Executive Director of Maynard Institute

“Evelyn Hsu is a champion for diversity in journalism and the right leader for Maynard at this important junction. She brings to the office a sense of history about the organization as well as a keen sense of how we move forward in the digital era,” said Mark Trahant, chair of the institute’s board of directors. [Read more]

Martin Reynolds to Lead Maynard Strategic Planning Project

The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education is proud to announce appointment of Martin G. Reynolds, Bay Area News Group senior editor, to a 12-month fellowship to lead the institute through a strategic planning and implementation process. [Read more]

Maynard Institute adds new board members

The organization also announced this week the addition of three members to its board of directors:

  • Debra Adams Simmons, vice president of news development at Advance Local and a 2016 Nieman Foundation Fellow.

  • Dickson Louie, principal, Louie & Associates, CPA, and visiting assistant professor at the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management.

  • Kevin Merida, managing editor, The Washington Post.

Mark Trahant and Richard Prince Discuss Confederate Flag at The Freedom Forum

Video of Maynard board chair Mark Trahant and Maynard columnist Richard Prince discussing Confederate flag and sports team names with Gene Policinski of The Freedom Forum. (Click on the image or follow this link to view the video.)


The 2015 POLITICO Journalism Institute

The second POLITICO Journalism Institute wrapped up in Washington DC on June 12. The program is a Maynard Institute partnership with POLITICO and American University.

The program brought 12 students from colleges around the country to Washington DC for an intense eight-day immersion in political reporting.