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from Maynard Forum

Examining Fault Lines in a Time of Political Earthquakes

By Jean Marie Brown

As journalists continue their post-election coverage review and plot strategies for the first 100 days of the Trump administration they should consider adopting a plan built around covering the nation’s Fault Lines, rather than continuing to obsess on day-to-day conflict.

The Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 inspired the late Robert Maynard to suggest much like geological fault lines, the social Fault Lines of class, gender, generation, geography, and race crisscross the U.S. His work is the basis of the Maynard Institute’s Fault Lines diversity workshops.

The metaphor was doubly appropriate because most of the 63 deaths were attributed to the collapse of the Cypress Street Viaduct (Nimitz Freeway), which hadn’t been structurally reinforced.

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Maynard Grad Mistaken Target in Social Media Wars

This first person account is by Doris Truong, a graduate of Maynard's Media Academy for managers and past president of the Asian American Journalists Association. - MIJE Staff

Trolls decided I was taking pictures of Rex Tillerson’s notes. I wasn’t even there.

By Doris Truong

There’s a joke among Asian Americans that people think we all look the same. That joke became my own personal Pizzagate late Wednesday: I got caught in a terrible case of mistaken identity that was exacerbated by the speed at which false information spreads on social media.

I work as a homepage editor at The Washington Post. Because Wednesday was my day off, I hadn’t been online much. But before I went to bed, I noticed a message request on Facebook. Someone I didn’t know asked: “Any comment on you taking photos of Rex Tillerson’s notes?” When I checked Twitter, I had to scroll for several minutes to figure out what was going on. It seemed to start with this post: “Who is this woman and why is she secretly snapping photos of Rex Tillerson’s notes?”

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from Grapevine

Our Condolences to Brenda Payton Jones

Dr. James Williams (photo)Condolences to Oakland Voices coordinator Brenda Payton Jones who lost her father, Dr. James Williams, November 23. Dr. Williams was one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen.

To read more about Dr. Williams, please follow the links below:

Dr. James Williams, Las Crucen who served with Tuskegee Airmen, dies

NM native, Tuskegee Airman dies, age 97