Maynard Forum

2014 Black Male Achievement Social Innovator: Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education

At the Maynard Institute we are so excited and honored to announce that we are one of seven organizations selected for the 2014 class of Black Male Achievement Social Innovators in recognition for our work helping the media more accurately and credibly cover African American males.

As a member of the inaugural class we will receive 12 months of one-on-one capacity-building support, be introduced and showcased to local and national funders, and receive targeted support to increase our national leadership and impact in the field of black male achievement.


History of the Maynard Institute

Published and distributed at Unity 2008 conference in Chicago

Thirty years ago, the composition of newsrooms across the country didn’t look much like America: They were dominated from top to bottom by white men. But a group of nine journalists—black, Latino and white—took a significant step toward changing the culture in newsrooms nationwide. For far too long, they had heard newspaper executives proclaim they would like to hire minorities, but couldn’t find anyone qualified.

Their response? They worked to remove this excuse from the equation.

“We will not let you off the hook,” Robert C. Maynard, one of the nine, declared to a gathering of newspaper executives in April 1978. “We must desegregate this business.”


‘Bias Busters’ Class Publishes Cultural Competence Guide

100 Questions & Answers About Indian Americans - GuideWhere do we begin to learn about one another?

Here’s a little story and a little answer.


How to Use Twitter to Go Beyond Your Fault Lines

We often talk to journalists about ways to use Twitter and social media to broaden their understanding and awareness of a wide spectrum of communities. In this article, reprinted with permission, Sarah Milstein talks about the insights gained by listening in on Twitter conversations and provides specific tips on how to go about filling your feed with new voices and new perspectives. The original article can be found here:  "Can Twitter Make White People Less Racist?"  - MIJE Staff


DFM's Steve Buttry talks diversity

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In 2012, Digital First announced that it was undertaking several companywide diversity initiatives, including working with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education to create a program that allows all Digital First employees to go through Fault Lines, Maynard’s diversity program.

This comes as overall efforts at newsroom diversity are falling short. Diversity has taken a disproportionate hit as news organizations tried to find a foothold in a rapidly changing technological and business environment.


BrotherSpeak: Exploring the Lives of Black Men

Last month we announced the release of the first video in a three-part series produced with The Washington Post, BrotherSpeak: Exploring the lives of black men. The videos examine fear, love and dreams. The first video explored fear.


Intimidation's Devastating Effects

Scott JohnsonPart of our mission is to help the media tell different stories. Here is an a example, written by reporter Scott Johnson, whose work can be seen on Oakland Effect, an 18-month investigative reporting project funded by The California Endowment and run in partnership with The Oakland Tribune. -MIJE Staff


Entrepreneurs in the Know: Kelly Virella, Dominion of New York, Editor

This is the first in a series of conversations we'll be having with entrepreneurs of color. We will discuss their accomplishments, lessons learned, and advice for budding entrepreneurs. If you have suggestions for people people you'd like to read about and learn from, please contact us at

First up, Kelly Virella! She is the 2011 recipient of a UNITY NewU entrepreneur fellowship and founder of Dominion of New York.  -MIJE Staff


The deal, the mess, and a look ahead

Even as the media has been focused on the fiscal cliff, little coverage has been spent looking at the ramifications for Native Americans. MIJE board chair Mark Trahant looks at newly passed deal with an eye for it means for everyone, including those in Indian Country. - MIJE Staff

By Mark Trahant

For Indian Country the deal is important for several reasons. First, it puts off the sequester until March. That will give agencies, tribes and individuals, time to prepare. The odds are that every federally-funded program will have to shrink and that federal employees will be looking at some kind of furlough in 2013. The deal also keeps  the Special Diabetes Program for Indians going at its current funding level.


Social Media 101 with Mediabistro

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Do you know someone who needs basic training on how to set up and use a Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn profile? We can help. Join us for Social Media 101, an online conference and workshop starting January 17.