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Detroit's Stephen Henderson Wins Pulitzer for Commentary

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press columnist, takes a congratulatory phone caFree Press columnist wrote passionately about fiscal crisis; all-white "Fox News Sunday" panel takes up issue of race; ESPN analyst writes of being profiled in his own driveway; the new L.A. Register — a picture of diversity?; Obama stops saying women earn 77 cents to a man's dollar; Robin Roberts on gay disclosure: "You gotta live your life" (4/14/14)


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Mira Lowe is the Senior Editor for Features at CNN Digital, overseeing the entertainment, health, lifestyle, travel and special tech coverage on and mobile. She is responsible for key editorial initiatives, partnerships and multiplatform opportunities while managing a team of nearly 20. She focuses on how to best tell stories and engage audiences using text, photos, video, interactives, tools and social media. Prior to joining the Turner Broadcasting Co. in Atlanta in 2012, Mira was the editor-in-chief of JET magazine in Chicago, where she became the first woman to helm the No. 1 African-American newsweekly. Her print experience also extends to newspapers, including Newsday, where she has worked as an editor and recruiter.



from The Front Door Project

Female Media Entrepreneurs Chat with TeamMije on #diversitychat

For this week’s #diversitychat, the Maynard Institute called on five astute female media entrepreneurs of color. Bobbi Bowman , who founded the McLean Ear, now retired; Tomoko Hosaka, COO of @Plympton and @Rooster; Karen Lincoln Michel, a former top editor for Gannett newspapers now advising a nonprofit startup; Marisa Treviño, publisher and founder of; and Kelly Virella, award-winning journalist and veteran of two media startups.

How to build a network? How to raise funds? How to navigate the particular challenges of being a female of color? They answer all this and more.

[View the Storify of the chat.]


from Maynard Forum

After “Selfie” at Mandela Service, More Stereotyping of First Lady

Media coverage of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela was inclusive — up to a point. That this one South African had changed minds and changed the world was clear during scenes from the service broadcast around the world.

But when that big story was overwhelmed, then reduced to President Obama’s handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro and first lady Michelle Obama’s reaction to the president’s picture-taking with two other heads of state, it was business as usual.


What Really Happened at the First Thanksgiving? The Wampanoag Side of the Tale and What’s Done Today

We know what we’re taught in mainstream media and in schools is made up. What’s the Wampanoag version of what happened?

Yeah, it was made up. It was Abraham Lincoln who used the theme of Pilgrims and Indians eating happily together. He was trying to calm things down during the Civil War when people were divided. It was like a nice unity story.


from Dori Maynard

How Sherman 'Rant' Could Help Change Coverage of Black Men

On a friend’s Facebook page, a commenter contended that the Richard Sherman controversy was just a sideshow. More important, she wrote, we should be focusing on the push to roll back civil rights.

Yes, a football player talking trash after a game should be a sideshow. And, according to Deadspin, when white athletes such as Brett Favre act up, it is exactly that.

In Sherman’s case, though, an argument can be made that it is the main show, with very familiar themes.


from Grapevine

Jennifer McInnis, MIJE '08 Grad, Promoted to Food and Drink Editor

Jennifer McInnis, Multi Media Editing Program '08 grad, has been promoted to Food and Drink Editor at the San Antonio-Express News, effective April 21, following Karen Haram’s retirement.

"The paper has recommitted to video and alternative ways to tell stories online to add value to our premium subscribers," says McInnis. "My experiences as a 2008 fellow of the MIJE Multimedia Editing Program prepared me to lead the section into this new, exciting time."

Follow this link to view the announcement at


MIJE Webinars

Entrepreneurial Journalism: Trahant as Enterprise

Maynard Institute for Journalism Education
Friday, April 26, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)

Follow this link to purchase the On-Demand Recording of this webinar.


from Jackson Voices

Open Carry: What’s the Fuss

It has been several weeks since the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling in Hinds County prohibiting the open carrying of weapons as outlined in Section 12 of the 1890 Mississippi Constitution.

I must admit I feel “less than intelligent” because I was unaware that I had that right (to openly carry) under our constitution.  I am familiar with my right to protect myself, my home and property under the “Castle Doctrine” law, which was passed by the Legislature in 1998, but I must admit this caught a lot of people off-guard.