Maynard Institute Announces New Leadership Team

 Ground Breaking Journalists to Discuss State of the Industry

 Montiel Leaving Maynard Institute

 The Maynard Institute 2000 Editing Program

 New York Times to Offer "The Caldwell Journals" during Black History Month

 Maynard Institute Board Elects New Chair

 Editing Program to Test Drive New Computer System at UC Berkeley

 Maynard Institute Editing Progam Returns to UC Berkeley

 The Caldwell Journals: The Black Journalists Movement Recounted

 $900,000 Knight Grant to Maynard Institute

 MIJE to Receive $1 Million from Ford Foundation

December 2000

Announcing New MIJE Leadership Team



OAKLAND, Calif. (December 15, 2000) -- Mark N. Trahant, former Seattle Times columnist, has been named the new chairman and chief executive officer at the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Dori J. Maynard, Maynard Institute History Project Director, has been named president. The appointments are effective January 1st.

John L. Dotson Jr., chair of the board's search committee, said the appointments bring together two leaders with a clear vision for how the Maynard Institute can work harder to improve journalism. The Oakland-based nonprofit is the country's premier institute for providing advanced training and services nationally to help news media reflect diversity in content, staffing and business operations. For nearly 25 years, the Maynard Institute has prepared journalism professionals and managers to operate effectively and creatively in multicultural communities.

“After a four-month national search, it became clear to us that the best persons to lead the Institute were within our midst,” Dotson said. “Mark Trahant and Dori Maynard have an intimate understanding and a passion for the Institute's mission. Together they will provide leadership for the Institute today and continuity for the future, as well.”

Trahant replaces A. Stephen Montiel, who resigned in September after 12 years as the Maynard Institute's president and chief executive officer.

Trahant, a member of Idaho's Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and former president of the Native American Journalists Association, has been Board Chair of the Maynard Institute since last January.

Trahant resigned this week from The Seattle Times during a labor dispute, which has resulted in a three-week strike. He had been writing a twice-weekly column on subjects ranging from his Western roots to his views about journalism and society. His career includes stints as publisher of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho, and work as executive news editor of The Salt Lake Tribune, reporter at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, as well as editor and publisher of several tribal newspapers.

Trahant has won numerous journalism awards and was a finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting as co-author of a series on federal-Indian policy. In 1995 Trahant was a visiting professional scholar at The Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of “Pictures of Our Nobler Selves,” a history of American Indian contributions to journalism published by The Freedom Forum. He recently was named a trustee of The Freedom Forum and serves on a number of advisory boards, including the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Dori J. Maynard is at home at the Institute for many reasons. She is the daughter of Institute co-founder Robert C. Maynard for whom the Institute is named. She began working full time at the Institute after her father's 1993 death when she edited “Letters to My Children,” a compilation of her father's newspaper columns for which she wrote additional essays.

Maynard currently is the director of the Institute's History Project, which preserves the stories of courageous journalists of color who broke into the mainstream media against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s and 1970s. She also directs the Fault Lines Project which is designed to help journalists reflect more accurately their multicultural communities and organizes other Maynard Institute events.

Before joining the Institute, Maynard worked as a reporter at the Bakersfield Californian, the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, MA, and the Detroit Free Press, where she covered senate and mayoral campaigns and City Hall.

In 1993 she and her father became the first father-daughter duo ever to be appointed Nieman scholars at Harvard University. She worked regularly with her father, researching and preparing for his appearances on “This Week With David Brinkley” and the “MacNeil/Lehrer Report.”

Dori J. Maynard graduated from Middlebury College, Vermont, with a BA in American History.

The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education was founded in 1977 as the Institute for Journalism Education and renamed in 1993 to honor Robert C. Maynard.

November 2000

Ground Breaking Black Journalists to Discuss State of the Industry

OAKLAND, Calif. --The courageous black journalists who broke into the mainstream media during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s will talk about the state of the industry during a forum hosted by the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Thursday, Nov. 9th at the Schomburg at 7:00 p.m. The Schomburg is located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York City.

"Though theirs is an important part of our national history, these stories have until now been largely forgotten. This project will ensure that these stories have a place in our historical record," said History Project Director Dori J. Maynard.

Nancy Hicks Maynard, former co-owner of the Oakland Tribune and an Institute co-founder, will moderate the forum. Panelists include Melba Toliver, formerly with ABC-TV Channel 7; C. Gerald Fraser, former New York Times reporter; David Hardy, former New York Daily Newsreporter and Gil Scott, formerly with the Associated Press and the Christian Science Monitor. The Thursday evening forum launches the joint effort of the Institute and the Schomburg to create an oral history of these journalists' experiences.

Together, the Maynard Institute and the Schomburg, the premier repository of African American history, will interview the journalists and create an archive of their experiences, complete with notebooks, tapes, photographs and other relevant documents. The oral history project is part of the Maynard Institute History Project which was launched in 1999 with "The Caldwell Journals," a personal account of the Black journalist movement written by legendary reporter and columnist Earl Caldwell. James Murray, head of the oral history division at the Schomburg Center, calls the oral history collection, "one of the most important" for the Schomburg.

The Schomburg, a national symbol of the struggles, achievements and aspirations of black people, is a research library that reaches throughout the world to collect and document the lives of people of African descent.

The Institute was incorporated in 1977 and provides a number of programs to help the nation's news media reflect the nation's diversity, including Total Community Coverage and its nationally acclaimed management and editing training programs. It was renamed in 1993 to honor the late Robert C. Maynard, an Institute co-founder and the former owner, publisher and editor of the Oakland Tribune.

July 2000

Montiel Leaving Maynard Institute



OAKLAND, Calif. (June 21, 2000) -- Steve Montiel announced today he will end 12 years of service as president and chief executive officer of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education on September 5, 2000.

Montiel, 52, a co-founder of the Oakland-based institute, will remain on the Maynard Institute Board of Directors. The Maynard Institute provides training and services nationally to bring about diversity in news media content, staffing and business operations.

"Steve Montiel provided extraordinary leadership for the Maynard Institute during the past 12 years," the Institute's Board said in a statement. "Though we regret his decision to step down as president, we respect his decision to make this mid-career course change. We are indebted to Steve for guiding the Maynard Institute to new heights and for establishing a solid foundation for future growth. We look forward to his continuing involvement as a member of the board."

Under Montiel's leadership, the Maynard Institute provided Total Community Coverage services directly to news organizations, created cross-media journalism programs, strengthened its core management and editing training and launched serialized Web chronicles of the experiences of journalists who began the integration of mainstream news media. The institute's budget grew from less than $500,000 when he became president in 1988 to more than $1.7 million.

"I'm looking forward now to digging deeper into issues and projects in a way that I can't while leading an organization," Montiel said. "I continue to be most interested in journalistic storytelling that helps us see ourselves and our communities whole."

Since beginning his journalism career in 1967, Montiel has worked as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and The Associated Press, as a Vietnam War correspondent for Pacific Stars and Stripes, a journalism professor, a spokesman for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and a foundation executive. He was among the first members of the California Chicano News Media Association in 1972 and, as a member of the Unity '94 Brain Trust, co-facilitated cross-cultural dialogues for leaders of the four national associations of minority journalists that make up the organization now known as Unity: Journalists of Color.

The chair of the Institute's Board of Directors, Seattle Times columnist Mark Trahant, will lead a national search for the institute's next president.

"I look across my newsroom, like many newsrooms in America, and see dozens of graduates of Maynard Institute programs," Trahant said. "These are reporters, editors and managers; people who work hard every day to make journalism better. Each of these individuals, like myself, owes Steve our gratitude for 12 years of opening doors to newsrooms."

Headquartered at Preservation Park in downtown Oakland since 1990, the Maynard Institute expanded its office space and technological resources when it moved in February 2000 to the refurbished Tribune Tower.

Incorporated as the Institute for Journalism Education in 1977, the nonprofit organization was renamed in honor of co-founder Bob Maynard after the former owner, publisher and editor of the Oakland Tribune died in 1993.

In the early years of the Institute, Maynard, Montiel and other co-founding board members directed the Summer Program for Minority Journalists at the Graduate School of Journalism of the University of California, Berkeley. From 1976 through 1989, the institute trained and placed more than 200 journalists of color -- African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans -- as daily newspaper reporters.

As an assistant journalism professor at the University of Arizona, Montiel helped create the institute's Editing Program in 1980 and directed it in 1981. As president, he oversaw the move of the program this year from the University of Arizona Journalism Department to the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Nearly 200 journalists graduated from the Editing Program during its 20 years at the University of Arizona.

More than 300 news media professionals have participated in the institute's annual five-week Management Training Center at Northwestern University and weeklong management programs.

Through Total Community Coverage services provided directly to news organizations since 1993, the Maynard Institute has helped hundreds of professionals and managers at dozens of news media companies strengthen news coverage and communication across the "fault lines" of race, class, gender, generation and geography.

Akron Beacon Journal Publisher John L. Dotson Jr., a co-founder and immediate past chair of the Board said: "Steve Montiel brought new vision to the institute, moving it beyond individual training to programs designed to move whole divisions of a newspaper toward better multicultural understanding. As important, Steve leaves the Maynard Institute with a strong financial foundation for the future. His fund-raising skills will be hard to replace."

The Board of Directors of the Maynard Institute issued the following statement following last weekend's spring board meeting conducted during the Native American Journalist Association Convention:

Steve Montiel provided extraordinary leadership for the Maynard Institute during the past 12 years. Though we regret his decision to step down as president, we respect his decision to make this mid-career course change.

In his 12 years as president, Steve has worked tirelessly to achieve the goals of the Maynard Institute. He has been creative in developing new modes and programs that extended the Institute's reach to thousands of journalists and business-side staffers at newspapers.

Funding for the institute has more than quadrupled during Steve's tenure and the number of funders and foundations, corporate and individual, has grown tenfold.

We are indebted to Steve for guiding the Institute to new heights during the decade of the 90s and for establishing a solid foundation for future growth. We look forward to his continuing involvement as a member of the board.

For more information about the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, please visit our website:


Mark N. Trahant, Chairman of the MIJE Board or Pearl Wong, Executive Assistant to the President/CEO Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (510) 891-9202

April 2000

The Maynard Institute 2000 Editing Program

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Angela Dodson and Paul Mitchell spent much of the winter vigorously working the bugs out of the upcoming Editing Program at the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. The two had much to do -- such as recruiting volunteer editors for the program; fine-tuning the curriculum; touring the new, high-tech computer system that participants will be using when they arrive at the University of California at Berkeley -- and, seemingly, little time to do it.

No matter, though. The heavy workload might have proved daunting to some, but not Dodson or Mitchell. For them, preparing for the annual Editing Program is a labor of love.

"I personally find it rewarding to work with editors coming into the field, to try to instill in them the importance of editing for accuracy and clarity," said Dodson, a New Jersey-based consultant who has spent her time designing the curriculum for the Editing Program. "This program really makes sure they have the skills in place to do the job."

The 2000 Editing Program, to be held at the University of California at Berkeley, begins May 22 and concludes June 30. When the Editing Program opens its six-week run, Dodson and Mitchell will realize the fruits of all their hard work.

Until then, the two will continue to pour their energy into shaping a program that, in the end, will leave copy editors better equipped to do their jobs in a diverse, changing society.

"It takes months to get prepared for the program," said Mitchell, a recruiter and retention coordinator at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. "But we're getting there; we have a lot of work to do, but we're getting closer."

Mitchell has been the Editing Program's director for the past three years.

This year, the program will train seven copy editors representing various publications:

  • Valerie Fields, Arlington Morning News.
  • Daniel E. Garcia, Arizona Republic.
  • Zharmer Hardimon, Houston Chronicle.
  • Sandra Hong, The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
  • Barbara Jaramillo, Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  • Dave Lee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Angel D. Linares Lugo, People en Espanol

For two decades, one of the Maynard Institute's missions has been to produce top-notch copy editors who have a better sense of the changing face of journalism and the world that the profession serves.

Since 1979, some 184 copy editors have gone through the Editing Program, which trains copy editors to work effectively in both multicultural and multimedia environments. Nearly half of the program's graduates have been promoted to supervisory positions, a testament to the program's ability to train future industry leaders, and many are still involved in journalism.

"I look at this as a huge learning experience that I can benefit from in the long run, especially being that I'm a first-year copy editor out of college," said Hardimon, who works at the Houston Chronicle.

Program graduates work at more than 70 newspapers, magazines and online publications throughout the United States. The program is open to journalists of all colors who have a desire to improve their skills while also learning the nuances of editing in a multicultural environment.

Through the program, copy editors selected for the program have received training in the areas of grammar, story organization, critical thinking, basic headline writing and page design.

"I have very high expectations," said Jaramillo, a news assistant at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "It's going to be a wonderful window of opportunity."

A former newspaper editor, Mitchell is a program graduate, class of '90. Mitchell said the training he received was "invaluable."

"It just catapulted me," Mitchell said. "It opened up a whole lot of doors for me. I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for the Editing Program. That why I enjoy coming back to direct the program; I see what it's done for me."

The Editing Program was launched at UC Berkeley in 1979. The following year, the Maynard IJE moved it to the University of Arizona in Tucson, where it has been the past 20 years. This summer the Editing Program is returning to its original home at UC Berkeley.

The program's return to Berkeley will be beneficial for those selected for the Editing Program, Dodson and Mitchell said.

"I think (the return to Berkeley) is basically going to be good for the program," Dodson said. "I see a lot of potential for it going to Berkeley."

There's reason for Dodson's optimism, but foremost is UC Berkeley's new computer system. The high-tech system installed at Northgate Hall at the Graduate School of Journalism will undergo its first test run when the Institute's Editing Program commences this spring.

The state-of-the-art computer system is not unlike those at most major newspapers across the country. The system allows program participants to edit copy and ship it electronically. The system also provides design and layout capabilities, allowing editors the capability to develop and move photographs and graphic material in the same manner in which daily newspapers do.

Moreover, with the system, program participants can feed stories directly onto the Web, while also having immediate access to standard script-writing formats used in the film and television industries.

Of the return to UC Berkeley, Dodson said, "It's a major advantage, and it's already beginning to show itself. There are so many people within the immediate area, and that will improve their availability. It also eliminates some travel, and gives you a pool of people (who can volunteer for the program) who are nearby."

January 2000

New York Times to Offer "The Caldwell Journals" during Black History Month

OAKLAND, Calif.-- The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education's award-winning "Caldwell Journals" will be available for Black History Month through the New York Times syndicate. Written by legendary journalist Earl Caldwell, the on-line series captures the largely unrecorded history of the role journalists of color played in one of the century's most turbulent and significant eras. The series is the first phase of the Institute's ambitious history project.

This unique on-line serial focuses on events of the 1960s - a decade when urban riots swept through the country and black journalists first came to the nation's newspapers in large significant numbers. The serial not only reveals what it was like for African-Americans who were among the first to work at major newspapers in this country during the 1960s, but it also serve as a historic text for a topic seldom discussed and long forgotten

"We felt this series was essential because history has shown that if people of color do not tell their story it is at best distorted and at worst discarded," said Institute President A. Stephen Montiel. "The experience of these reporters who were witness to these events give a whole different perspective to a series of defining events in one of the nation's most important decades."

Entwined with Caldwell's story are the stories of other pioneering black journalists, including former New York Times reporters C. Gerald Frazier and Thomas Johnson, CBS correspondent Ed Bradley, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Claude Lewis, University of Michigan professor Melba Toliver, CNN African correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault, University of Florida Professor Les Carson and many others.

Caldwell, who began his newspaper career in the 1950s, has witnessed American history first hand; he was the only reporter on the scene when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Later, Caldwell became news himself when he refused to cooperate with the federal government's attempts to appropriate his confidential notes and to force him to spy on the Black Panther Party. Caldwell was covering the Panthers for The New York Times. Caldwell's refusal to cooperate with the federal government was upheld by a US Court of Appeals; eventually, however, he lost the case when it was reviewed by the Supreme Court. Nonetheless, the "Caldwell case" set into motion in most states the enactment of shield laws, which essentially insure the protection of reporters' sources.

The Maynard Institute provides a variety of national programs and services, including the Management Training Center at Northwestern University, the Editing Program at the University of California-Berkeley, Total Community Coverage, a program offered directly to the news and business staffs of daily newspapers. At one time it also operated the Summer Program for Minority Journalists, which for 20 years was the largest supplier of minority talent to the nation's newsroom. The Institute's mission is to accelerate the changes necessary for the news media to reflect a multi-cultural America in content, staffing and business operations. The institute was renamed in honor of the late Robert C. Maynard, former editor, publisher and owner of the Oakland Tribune, shortly after his death in 1993.

Dori J. Maynard, Project Director (
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January 2000

Maynard Institute Board Elects New Chair

OAKLAND, Calif. (January 18, 2000) - Seattle Times columnist Mark N. Trahant has been elected to chair the board of directors of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, an Oakland- based non-profit dedicated to helping news media reflect the nation's diversity.

Trahant, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe of Idaho and also a former president of the Native American Journalists Association, succeeds Akron Beacon Journal Publisher John L. Dotson. Dotson, an institute co-founder, chaired the board from 1993 through 1999. He had previously served as the board's chair for four years.

"John Dotson and, before him, Dorothy Gilliam (of the Washington Post) led us through unprecedented growth in the 1990s, and now we look forward to Mark Trahant's leadership in the new millennium," said Maynard Institute President Steve Montiel.

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