Media Academy Class of 2011

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Evelyn Hsu
February 16, 2011

Media Academy fellows are ramping up for the second session in March. One of the most exciting aspects of our programs is expanding the Maynard family.

Meet the Media Academy Class of 2011: 

Michael Bolden is the development and transportation editor at The Washington Post. He has been an editor with The Washington Post's Magazine and Style sections.  Before The Post Michael  was a features editor at The Miami Herald and a government reporter at The Northwest Florida Daily News. He began his career as a copy editor at The Times–Picayune in New Orleans. He attended the University of Alabama and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Press Club. He lives in the Maryland suburbs of D.C.




Anica Butler edits crime and court news at The Baltimore Sun. A graduate of Florida A&M University and an alum of Tribune’s METPRO, she has worked in newspapers since her late teens. Starting as a news assistant and obit writer, she also spent time as a copy editor and page designer before becoming a full-time reporter.  She’s covered beats including state and local government, education and crime at papers including the Los Angeles Times, The Hartford Courant and The Baltimore Sun.

Anica made the jump to multimedia four years ago, and was The Sun’s first early morning reporter/editor, responsible for updating the website early and often with breaking news beginning when it was still dark outside. Anica moved on to coordinate multimedia projects and produced video projects before becoming crime editor last summer. She also blogs about health and fitness.


Colis Ferguson is the Senior Assistant Night Editor at the Boston Globe. In this position he helps oversee the night copy desk as well as deadline aspects of the newspaper, mainly the filing of stories and the setting of pages. Colis joined the Globe in 2005 as a copy editor and moved up the ranks, becoming a slot editor before he was promoted to his current position. He had been at the Globe during the summer of 2002 as an intern. Despite his New York roots, Colis has taken to New England, a region he has called his home for the past eight years.




George Howard, Integrated Client Solutions Manager, is responsible for overseeing revenue producing initiatives for the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News. After graduating from Wayne State University, George began his career at Detroit Newspapers Agency, now Detroit Media Partnership, as an Inside Advertising Representative. He progressed to Major Account Executive where he managed top-level clients and later moved to Sales Trainer/Developer.  In 2004, he was selected to participate in both the Executive Committee Rotation and Executive Mentoring Program.  In 2009, he was guest columnist in Detroiter Online produced by Detroit Regional Chamber. When not working, he is a reading volunteer in local elementary schools.



Kenneth McFarlin has been an Art Director at The New York Times since 1987. He is currently the Art Director for the Home section and the Dining section. During his tenure at the Times, he initiated the design for the Style section, The City section and the Circuit section. His work at The Times has received numerous awards including The Society of News Design (portfolio award), The Society of Publication Design and The New York Times Publishers Award. Kenneth also oversees the Art Department’s Summer Internship Program.

Kenneth received his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Missouri–Columbia, and also did his M.J. work at the University of Missouri.  He has taught design at the University of Missouri, Parsons School of Design, NY, and the Maynard Institute Summer Editing Program.



Sean McKenna is the revenue director of the North of Boston Media Group, a division of Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. He is responsible for overseeing the automotive, real estate, and line ad classified departments. He started working at the then family-owned Eagle-Tribune newspaper in 1995 as a distribution driver.  In 1998, Sean accepted a position as telemarketing supervisor. His position as telemarketing supervisor made him realize that he wanted to be on the sales side of the newspaper business.  In 2000 Sean began selling real estate and automotive advertising until 2008 when he was promoted to his current role.




A certified media junkie, Latoya Peterson provides a hip-hop feminist and anti-racist view on pop culture with a special focus on video games, anime, American comics, manga, magazines, film, television, and music. Her perspectives have been quoted in the Boston Globe, CNN, the Guardian (UK), The Metro-Times (Detroit), ColorsNW , the Austin Chronicle, and Newsweek and she regularly speaks on topics of race, gender, and social media at conferences like Women, Action and the Media and South By Southwest Interactive.

Skilled in interviewing, creative non-fiction, and editorial content, Latoya Peterson spends her time editing the blog – the intersection of race and pop culture. She has written for The American Prospect, Bitch Magazine, Clutch Magazine, the Women’s Review of Books, Slate’s Double X, and the Guardian. Her essay, “The Not Rape Epidemic” was published in the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape (Seal Press, 2008). She is currently a Sense Making Fellow at the Poynter Institute and will spend the next year working on projects related to the future of new media, journalism, race, and video games.


Rashida Rawls is an award-winning journalist who currently works as a word editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Rashida is the first and critical edit for stories for the newspaper and website. She also assists supervisors in making assignments for a team of 10 editors. Rashida previously worked as a copy editor, columnist and page designer at the Ocala Star-Banner in Florida.

Rashida has a B.A. in English from Spelman College, where she graduated summa cum laude and as a Phi Beta Kappa scholar. She was selected as a Freedom Forum Fellow and worked as a copy editor and designer at the Macon Telegraph. Rashida is also an alumna of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute. She is the vice president of print for the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, and is also a proud and active member of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., where she serves as the national director of communications.


Edwin Ruis leads the digital media and market development efforts for Northern Colorado Communications Group, comprised of one daily and four weekly newspapers. Since 2001 he has developed a multi-faceted career in the newspaper industry including design, editorial, management, digital media, advertising and marketing. In 2007 he moved from El Salvador to Colorado when he was hired to start a national award-winning Spanish newspaper. In this position he developed his skills as general manager and editor while showing a natural interest in technology and its applications. In 2007 he was asked to lead the digital business for a group of publications. Edwin Ruis continues to live his passion for creating new revenue models based on customer centric approaches and multi-platform integration.



Dan Ryan's career in newspapers began longer ago than he cares to say, as a sports writer at a weekly in New Hampshire. He also worked as an editor before switching to news design, his career  for the past 20 years. Dan has been a design/desk manager the past 17 years. In his current position with The Salem (MA) News, Dan oversees a copy desk staff of six; they are responsible for designing and producing pages and editing copy for the six-day daily and its web site, as well as magazines. Dan also oversees the web site,, developing projects and enhancements to the staff's coverage. He lives with his wife Diane on the North Shore of Massachusetts, where they both apply their creativity to landscaping their yard.



Kiichiro Sato, who lives in Chicago, is a U.S. regional photo editor for the Associated Press, overseeing AP's Central-region photo coverage. Sato joined AP in 2005 as administrative photo editor in Columbus, Ohio, and two years later became news editor for photos for six states. He transferred to Chicago in 2009 as interim regional photo editor overseeing 14 states, and was appointed permanently to that position last year. Sato began his career as a staff photographer at the Press-Register of Mobile, Ala., and was promoted to become the paper's director of photography. He left the newspaper to obtain a master's degree at Spring Hill College in Mobile before returning as director of photography. Sato is a native of Yokohama, Japan.




Kortney Stringer, 32, has been an assistant business editor/Sunday business editor at The Boston Globe since 2007. Before joining the Globe's staff, Kortney was an assistant metro editor at the Detroit Free Press in the Oakland County bureau. Prior to becoming an editor, Kortney was a business reporter covering advertising and media for the Detroit Free Press. Kortney started her career at the Wall Street Journal's Dallas bureau, where she worked for five years covering consumer electronics, travel, and retail companies. Kortney earned a BA in Journalism from Wayne State University in 2000 and an MBA in Marketing from Southern Methodist University in 2004. Kortney, who resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts, loves to travel, read on the beach, and cook.



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