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Dori J. Maynard
Dori J. Maynard is the president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, the oldest organization dedicated to helping the nation's news media accurately and fairly portray all segments of our society. In its 33 year history, the Institute has trained thousands of journalists of color, including the national editor of the Washington Post, the editor of the Oakland Tribune and the only Latina to edit a major metropolitan newspaper.

Prior to joining the Institute in 1994, Maynard spent a decade working as a reporter at the Bakersfield Californian, The Patriot Ledger, in Quincy, Mass. and the Detroit Free Press. In 1993 she became the first daughter to follow her father to Harvard as a Nieman Fellow. In 2001, The Society of Professional Journalists named her a Fellow of the Society, in 2003, she was named one of the 10 Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area and in 2008 she received the Asian American Journalists Association’s Leadership in Diversity Award.

Entries by Dori J. Maynard

How Sherman 'Rant' Could Help Change Coverage of Black Men

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 7:50 AM

On a friend's Facebook page, a commenter contended that the Richard Sherman controversy was just a sideshow. More important, she wrote, we should be focusing on the push to roll back civil rights.

Yes, a football player talking trash after a game should be a sideshow. And,

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Media Need Not Look Far to Explain Reasons for Racial Angst

(47) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 12:27 PM

Mere hours after tweeting about how jarring it felt to watch all-white talking heads on CBS This Morning discuss President Barack Obama and race, I saw the July 29 Time magazine cover with the words "After Trayvon" emblazoned across an empty hoodie.

"This, this is the problem," I thought.


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Recalling Dad's Encounter With Intensive Government Monitoring

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 12:34 PM

At age 55 and dull, part of me buys the case that it's better to lose a little bit of privacy for a whole lot of security.

So the government wants to monitor me? Okay. I have nothing to hide and you, poor investigator, run the risk of dying of...

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It's Time for Ordinary People to Lead Discussion on Guns

(3) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 2:54 PM

My first job out of college was in Bakersfield, Calif., far from the Northeast where I was born and raised.

There were a multitude of differences that required not only an adjustment but also a complete recalibration of what I expected from the world. Bakersfield was far from a...

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the National Conversation

(3) Comments | Posted January 14, 2011 | 1:27 PM

We are a nation deeply divided, at times unable to agree about anything from the role of government, to the rights of citizens to even whether our president is a US citizen.

But for one brief moment on Saturday, it seemed as if we came together to condemn the violence...

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

(63) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 4:21 PM

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...

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Mandela and the Gift of Hope

(8) Comments | Posted July 18, 2010 | 11:40 AM

Somewhere in my house are several copies of South Africa's 1994 election ballot. When I bought them, I was seeking more than just a piece of history. I was buying hope because they reminded me that the impossible can be possible if we stay true to our course.

By now,...

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It's Time for the Media to Integrate the Race Beat

(4) Comments | Posted April 8, 2010 | 1:13 PM

During the debate over health care reform, some white protesters hurled racial epithets at black elected officials and even spit on one. Later that same week, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported on a movement to have people write in "Confederate Southern American" as their race on the 2010 Census. Most...

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