Maynard Forum

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 infoplease.com.)

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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.

 
  

Dori J. Maynard Memorial at the Newseum, Washington, DC

About 250 people gathered at the Newseum in Washington DC on Monday, May 4 to pay tribute to Dori Maynard, the late president of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

Maynard died in February of lung cancer. She was 56.

More than a dozen speakers including Donald E. Graham, former chairman of the Washington Post Co., praised  Maynard's work to diversify the news industry.

The full video of the memorial can be viewed here.