Maynard 200 inaugural fellows and mentors at USC Annenberg School for  Communication and Journalism-L.A.
Maynard 200 inaugural fellows and mentors at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism-L.A.

Inaugural Maynard 200 Fellows Graduate After December Training Week at USC Annenberg

The 26-member inaugural class of the Maynard 200 national journalism fellowship of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education graduated on Dec. 13, 2018.

The event was held on the last day of the group’s second training week, hosted by program partners at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles.

Maynard 200 intends to train 200 journalists of color over the next five years to spark a mini-movement of diversity in media.

The 26 accomplished fellows include freelance journalists and are affiliated with mainstream, ethnic, community and hyper-niche media. They also represent regions across the country.

The commencement capped training customized for three tracks — Storytelling, Newsroom/Media Management and Media Entrepreneurship.

Sessions included data journalism, web verification, digital storytelling, community engagement, entrepreneurship finance, strategic planning, team projects on strategic plans and business challenges, building a watchdog culture, building a diversity movement in journalism, mindfulness/emotional intelligence and others.

The first week of training was hosted last July by another program partner – Google News Initiative (Google News Lab) at its campus in Boulder, Colorado.

The second week’s roster of distinguished speakers and mentors included professionals and experts from Google News Initiative and USC Annenberg, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), The Associated Press, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Indianapolis Star, The Charlotte Observer, USA Today Network, Politico, CBS News’ 60 Minutes, KPCC Southern California Public Radio, the USC Marshall School of Business, The ClearLake Group, Ballantine Communications, the universities of Virginia and Florida, and Robert Naylor Coaching and Consulting.

Executives-in-residence included Maynard Institute board member Dickson Louie, principal of Louie & Associates; Marisa Porto, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Daily Press Media Group, and Jennifer de la Fuente, lecturer at USC Annenberg and owner of Rosebud Designs.

Throughout the year, the fellows will be mentored by these media professionals, many of whom are Maynard alumni.

Pilot 2 of the program will kick off in April at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York (CUNY), a program supporter.

Maynard 200 is funded by the Google News Initiative, the News Integrity Initiative, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, and by general support from the Democracy Fund, and the Ford Foundation.