Dori J. Maynard: A Legacy of Fierce Love

By Sally Lehrman

Dori J. Maynard, a fierce and courageous warrior for diversity in journalism and public discourse, employed three powerful weapons: Passion, grace, and love.

In an era of financial and technological disruption throughout journalism, Maynard insisted that newsrooms honor their highest purpose. The news must teach each group of society about the others’ realities and concerns, engaging everyone in addressing the problems of the day. No one could be marginalized. No one could be typecast and repeatedly excluded from our daily lives as criminal, victim or outsider without a useful point of view.

Over the last year of her life, this challenge grew ever more urgent to Maynard. Cities across the country were erupting in rage in response to the killings, one after another, of unarmed black men by law enforcement. In the news, images of African Americans had expanded only slightly – from perpetrators to victims, too. Depictions of Latinos remained monochrome -- the angry, troubled or dependent immigrants. The contributions of Native Americans and Asian Americans had almost entirely disappeared. In notes for an upcoming speech, Maynard urged, “For the sake of the country, for the sake of ourselves, this cannot continue.”

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How Media Skew Our Views of Race, Crime

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Distortions bolster harsher penalties, study finds; USA Today lays off up to 70 people, half in newsroom; paper seeks to open any Michael Brown juvenile records; N.Y. Daily News to stop using Redskins name, logo; Plain Dealer picks reporters for Cavs, new LeBron beat; story on Sam's shower habits an embarrassment for ESPN; Robin Roberts forms production company; public stations get $6.2 million more for dropout efforts; Sulzberger on honeymoon in his year for diversity (9/3/14)

 

Social Media 101 with Mediabistro

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Do you know someone who needs basic training on how to set up and use a Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn profile? We can help. Join us for Social Media 101, an online conference and workshop starting January 17.

 

UC Office of the President | Oakland, CA

Media Specialist
Posted on: 
December 15, 2011

Under the direction of the Media Relations Director, the incumbent implements media strategies that convey and promote the University's public contributions. The incumbent serves as a media spokesperson for the Office of the President, develops effective and responsive working relationships with the news media, and develops a range of communications materials and products that support effective media relations as well as the broader objectives of the Communications unit.

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TV Station Takes Four-Year-Old Child’s Quote Out of Context

Author: 
Bob Butler
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Chicago television station is under fire for editing the video of an African-American youth to make it appear that the 4-year-old was advocating gun violence when he clearly stated during the interview that he wanted a gun because his ambition is to be a police officer.   

The CBS station, WBBM, is being blasted by civil rights leaders and news media professionals for taking the youth’s statements out of context, violating the basics of journalism ethics.

Hours Before Rally to Restore Sanity: A Moment Less Than Sane

The Maynard Institute’s Fault Line Framework is a diversity tool that teaches people to talk to each other with the goal of understanding. Dori J. Maynard, who has been refining the framework, will write a regular feature about living on the Fault Lines. This is her first entry. 

A few hours before the recent Rally to Restore Sanity, the general manager of a Hampton Inn in Washington, D.C. kicked me out of his hotel, forcing me to stand on the street to wait for my colleague in 39-degree weather.

 

Nancy Maynard, Famous Black Women

Nancy Hicks Maynard, a foresighted pioneer in newsroom diversity and a former co-publisher of the Oakland Tribune, died September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness. She was 61.

Her death resulted from the intertwined failure of several major organs, her family said.

 

Oakland Voices Community Forum on Affordable Housing

At the Oakland Voices community forum on affordable housing earlier this month, expert panelists offered an unusually optimistic view of ways to secure affordable housing in Oakland, in spite of the city’s housing crisis. Strategies ranged from constructing housing for teachers, securing impact fees from developers to fund affordable housing and linking livable wages to issues of housing. The panel made it clear that the city has many tools to accommodate its working class families and residents.

 

Dorothy Butler Gilliam Honored With The Anne O'Hare McCormick Trailblazer Award


Maynard Institute board member was honored last week by the directors of Anne O'Hare McCormick Memorial Fund with the group's first trailblazer award. Following are excerpts from Gilliam's remarks on accepting the award:


I was privileged to be a part of, to have an eye on the struggle – and to survive – some of the events that resulted in the transformation of this country, of my America — from separate and brutally unequal to an African-American president in the white house.

I grew up in the south.   In 1941, when I was five years old, my family moved from Memphis to Louisville.  My father, a minister in the African methodist episcopal church, was assigned to build a new  church – which he did.

In Louisville, I lived segregation.  My neighbors were black.  We lived in the segregated neighborhood south of downtown Louisville known as St. Catherine.  My classmates were black.  I attended the segregated neighborhood school for the colored.  Yes, before we were black, before we were african-americans. The colored.  That is what we were called before we were negroes.

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Three Lost Souls: Stories about race, class and loneliness

Book CoverWoody Lewis, essayist and former web architect for the Maynard Institute, has just published "Three Lost Souls: Stories about race, class and loneliness," as a Kindle Ebook.

 
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