The Maynard Institute will welcome back over 50 Maynard 200 Fellows (see bios) on Tuesday, October 25th, for the second and final in-person training week hosted at the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. The video below captures the spirit of the first week of the Maynard 200 Fellowship gathering at USC Annenberg earlier this year.

The final day of the October training week will conclude with commencement celebrations and each fellow will be matched with a mentor from their respective field or specialization. The graduation activities will be preceded by a fireside chat with Maynard Institute Co-Executive Director, Martin Reynolds and Kevin Merida, executive editor for the Los Angeles Times. Fellows will also present their final projects, including the review of a special case study prepared by Maynard 200 fellows on the current development strategie of the Los Angeles Times.

Video asks Maynard 200 fellows to describe the program in one word

The new video about the Maynard 200 Fellowship program kicks off with scenes from the 2022 welcome reception, where guests were asked to describe how they felt about the program in one word. From “Inspired” and “honored” to “supported” and “connected,” fellows shared how they felt. The one word spoken into the microphone by Denise Watson, features editor at The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press in Virginia, was “empower…that’s what Maynard has always done and that’s what I hope to do.“

Watch the 3 minute video to understand why the Maynard 200 program is so meaningful to both fellows and faculty.

Class of 2022 returns to USC

During the final week of Maynard 200, each track will meet guest faculty speakers and leaders in the industry. We are proud to welcome back previous faculty as well as introduce new guest speakers. To read more about the Maynard 200 faculty roster, check out their full bios (PDF).

In addition to attending training sessions, fellows will also be presenting their final projects including a case study of The Los Angeles Times. As part of the in-person program, fellows will be presenting their case study findings directly to LA Times executive editor, Kevin Merida, and other executives in attendance.

Maynard 200 continues through mentorship

The Maynard 200 Fellowship program doesn’t end with the commencement celebration. One of the lasting positive outcomes of this fellowship is the signature 1:1 mentorship component. After the formal curriculum concludes, fellows are paired with a veteran media professional in their area of interest who has committed to mentoring the fellow for a year. This community building is key to pushing the industry forward.

This year’s mentors comprise a distinguished roster of award-winning media executives, academics, communications professionals and business and entrepreneurship experts. We are pleased to have several Maynard Institute alumni, including graduates from its legacy programs and past Maynard 200 programs, joining us as mentors this year.

About the Maynard 200 Fellowship

The program is tuition-free thanks to funding by Google News Initiative, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, The Hearthland Foundation, the McClatchy Foundation and supporters like you! Your tax-deductible donation directly impacts the careers of journalists while supporting the institute’s mission to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the news media.

We are creating better representation in newsrooms through our Maynard 200 fellowship program, which gives media professionals of color the tools to become skilled storytellers, successful managers, empowered executives and inspired entrepreneurs. Donate today!