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MIJE Board Statement on Passing of Dori Maynard and Future of the Institute

MIJE Board statement. March 1, 2015

Dori J. Maynard recently asked the board of directors to think about what the Maynard Institute should look like in the next twenty or fifty years. How does the institute celebrate the legacy of its founders? How do we reframe the mission in an era of social media to provide opportunity to those who want to practice journalism? And, how do we improve the content of the news media so that America is accurately reflected as the most diverse generation in history moves onto center stage?

Dori Maynard’s untimely death makes these questions even more critical. The Institute has never been about a single leader. There have been extraordinary voices from the beginning, of course, Bob Maynard, Nancy Hicks Maynard, Leroy Aarons, John Dotson, Charles Jackson, and so many others who have shared a passion for an inclusive news media.

The Institute has always changed over its history. When the institute began in 1974 it was primarily a training program designed to open the opportunity into newsrooms. Then the Institute followed with an editing program at the University of Arizona at Tucson that trained reporters to be frontline editors. In another remarkable effort, the Management Training Center at Northwestern University, took the same idea focused on news management, helping to create a ready pool of talent.

Thousands of journalists from all backgrounds took advantage of these training programs. The Institute also evolved and built leadership programs at Harvard as well as increasing capacity of individual news organizations. MIJE has always figured out what’s required for the times and matched that with the resources available. And, as Dori pointed out, this is one of those eras.

Meeting Sunday by conference call, the MIJE board embraced Dori’s longer range questions about the Institute and is taking immediate steps to determine the future. A board task force, chaired by Martin Reynolds, will look at short- term steps needed to ensure that MIJE remains as relevant today as the program that was launched at Columbia University a generation ago.

That task force will be followed by a formal strategic planning process.

Board task force: Martin Reynolds, Paula Madison and John X. Miller.

The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education board of directors Sunday named Evelyn Hsu as acting executive director of the organization.

 
  

Richard Prince's Journal-isms™

"Wisest Course": Dump Ferguson P.D.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Post-Dispatch says the same about neighboring police; officers who severely beat Attica inmate make plea deal; Yale clears officer in case of columnist Blow's son; task force to determine future of Maynard Institute; children of color projected to be majority by 2020;. . . ASNE readies for 2015 newsroom diversity census; electronic media plan for 50th anniversary of Selma march; English, Spanish Sunday shows said to shortchange Latinos (3/4/15)

 

from The Front Door Project

Journalists’ Biases Must Be Part Of Frank Conversation on Race

By Karen M. Turner
January 15, 2015

Every January when I offer my online course, “Race and Racism in the News,” I ask students to list and briefly analyze media coverage of their three most important race-related stories from the previous year. When they do this exercise this month, they will have a plethora of stories from which to choose.

The tone was set for 2014 on Jan. 19 with the outrageous and controversial backlash after Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who had just made the play of his life, “ranted” on air to Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews. Criticism of the then 25-year-old, including vitriolic tweets, laid the foundation for the media’s sometimes mediocre job in subsequent months on a story clearly about race and young men of color.

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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

MIJE Board Member and Voices Co-Founder Wins Distinguished Journalist Award

Martin G. Reynolds of Digital First Media receives the SPJ NorCal Board of Directors’ Distinguished Service to Journalism Award. Reynolds is senior editor for community engagement and training for Bay Area News Group and Digital First Media, western region.

[Link to full article at SPJnorcal.org]

 
  

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