Maynard Forum

Denise Juneau and the Montana Native American Vote

Denise Juneau

Exemplifying some of the undertold stories of the election, MIJE board member Mark Trahant produced a segment on the campaign of Denise Juneau and what it says about the growing importance of the Native American vote in the state of Montana and in the country as a whole.

Examples like this remind us of the importance of diversity in the nation's news media. - MIJE Staff

American Indians are a small group nationally, just over one percent of all voters. But in Montana that number is nearly 8 percent and are a key voting bloc. Six years ago Native voters helped elect Jon Tester to the U.S. Senate and four years ago they elected Denise Juneau to run the state's school system.


The Transformation of Barack Obama

Michael K. Frisby Veteran political reporter Mike Frisby reflects on the election. - MIJE Staff

We have just witnessed the evolution of Barack Obama.  Just watched his last campaign speech (ever) and what I saw was an amazing transformation. Hard to imagine it was the same politician who looked so broken and dispirited at the first debate. There is something about the American political process that actually works: it breaks a man or woman down, and we watch whether they succumb or if they have the resolve to recover.


Forum on Media Diversity

The Forum on Media Diversity (, a national website dedicated to providing research results and news about diversity in higher education and the professional media, has expanded its staff through appointment of eight national scholars on diversity. 


Roundup - Decision 2012: What Media Need to Know about Voters of Color - MIJE Unity '12 Panel

Mark Trahant

Mark Trahant, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, held up a tribal identification card bearing his name and photo. “This ID is not acceptable at the polls” in his home state of Idaho, he said, although it is the only type of identification that many Native Americans carry.

[View the full video of the panel discussion.]

Trahant, board chairman of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and a former president of the Native American Journalists Association, was among five panelists in a program sponsored by the institute at the Unity 2012 convention in Las Vegas. They discussed increased impediments to voting.


Media Advisory on Coverage of Sikh Temple Shooting

Sunday, August 5, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) wishes to express our condolences after the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Here are a few guidelines for organizations reporting on this tragedy:


Sikh American Statement on Wisconsin Shooting

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Statement of SALDEF and the Sikh American community on the tragic events at the Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin:


KQED Forum: Journalistic Embarrassments - MIJE Joins the Conversation

Maynard Institute president Dori J. Maynard phoned in to KQED's Forum program with reporter Joshua Johnson on Friday to present another perspective on the topic of journalistic embarrassments: the exclusion of entire segments of the population in coverage. Listen here.


NABJ Panel: Portray Black Men, Boys More Accurately

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

NEW ORLEANS—Studies have documented that media coverage of African-American men and boys disproportionately focuses on crime, unemployment and poverty, often depicting them at the extremes as perpetrators or victims. Rarely do the media portray them as part of the everyday fabric of American society, as routine Americans going about daily life.


Maynard Institute NABJ Panel on Media Depictions of Black Males - Event Photos and Storify

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (#mije35th) hosted a panel luncheon on Media Depictions of Black Males at the 2012 NABJ Convention held in New Orleans.

Follow this link to view more pictures from the event and to read Sherri Williams's Storify.



Philly Voices: A Convening of Media Professionals, April 30, 2012


On April 30th the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, held the second “Philly Voices” conversation and workshop, this time with key leaders of the Philadelphia-area media, philanthropic and academic communities.

The goal of this gathering was to develop strategies and partnerships to help reframe the coverage of African-American men and boys, which often focuses disproportionately on stories about crime and violence.