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The Maynard Institute Announces
2019 Maynard 200 Fellows

New Cohort of Journalists of Color to Receive Training in Second Pilot of Program

EMERYVILLE, Calif, June 14, 2019 — In its second year of the Maynard 200 Fellowship, the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education announced today its 2019 roster of 23 fellows as the program continues its mission of training leaders, media entrepreneurs and storytellers from across the country.

Maynard 200 aims to reinvigorate the diversity pipeline in U.S. media by training 200 journalists of color in the next five years.

“We are proud to welcome a dynamic second cohort of fellows from across the country,” said Evelyn Hsu, the institute’s co-executive director. “Their work aligns with the institute’s vision of making newsrooms look more like America.”

This year’s program is bringing together 23 diverse media professionals for two rounds of training, this June and in October, both hosted by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles.

“It’s exciting for us to build on the successful outcomes, impact and learnings from last year’s inaugural class,” said Maynard 200 Director Odette Alcazaren-Keeley. “Their growth, collaboration and support for each other, especially in navigating transitions, starting new roles or enterprises and surmounting upheavals in the media landscape, embody the crucial role of a diversity movement in journalism, which Maynard 200 is working to spark.

“Our 2019 fellows represent the inclusive voices and expertise of media professionals from ethnic, community-based and mainstream media organizations,” she said. “Their work is needed now more than ever, in covering our communities’ shared American story, still fraught by division.”

Martin G. Reynolds, the institute’s co-director, stressed that the fellows’ “diverse geographical background, life experiences and training gaps highlight the urgent, concrete need for this program, especially in providing training for journalists in underserved media spaces.

“As an organization, we’re also rethinking how we frame the value of diversity to this industry,” Reynolds said. “Diversity is trust. This mini-movement isn’t just about numbers or butts in seats. What we’re really talking about is power-building for journalists of color and supporting people who work inside mainstream, ethnic and independent outlets, and those who are creating their own journalistic ventures and content.”

Hsu said Maynard is “delighted to have several top reporters, editors from newsrooms around the country, C-suite media executives, speakers, coaches and distinguished teachers from major universities. We are especially pleased that we will also be joined throughout the program, by graduates of other Maynard programs through the years. They have built successful careers with the help of Maynard Institute training and are inspired to teach the next generation.”

This year’s Maynard 200 curriculum is divided into three tracks: Storytelling, Advanced Leadership and Media Entrepreneurship.

Fellows hail from general market and ethnic media organizations including Associated Press, Mundo Hispano Digital Network, National Federation of Community Broadcasters, WIRED, LinkedIn, New York Amsterdam News, The Washington Informer, BLK GEN, HBH Enterprises LLC, Hella Pinay and BlackmansStreet.Today.

Also MaxWorxMedia, Africa Institute for International Reporting and The AfricaPaper, Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance,, POLITICO, Houston Chronicle; the, KTSF-TV Channel 26, Los Angeles Times and Religion News Service.

Regions represented include the Midwest, South and the east and west coasts.

“We remain committed to providing our Maynard 200 fellows relevant course sessions, cutting-edge approaches and resources through our curricula, follow-up webinars between training weeks and mentorship,” Alcazaren-Keeley said.

The program’s Storytelling track focuses this year on investigative reporting. Reynolds, the track’s executive-in-residence, said, “We’re looking forward to the sessions by respected experts in this field, including colleagues from IRE, Reveal-CIR, ProPublica, and StoryCenter, who will articulate the art of the story as well as core tenets and techniques of investigative journalism.”

For the Advanced Leadership track, Hsu said, “Three executive consultants working alongside the track executive-in-residence Virgil Smith, principal consultant at Smith Edwards Group, will take the fellows on a curriculum guided by three course pillars — Strategy, Financial Capital and Human Capital.

“And our Media Entrepreneurship fellows will be part of some shared sessions with their leadership counterparts that complement their own specific curriculum focused on new product development, business plan creation and new venture fundraising, directed by their executive-in-residence Dickson Louie, principal of Louie and Associates.”

The 2019 Maynard 200 program is supported by the News Integrity Initiative, Google News Initiative, Craig Newmark Philanthropies and USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

The 2019 Maynard 200 Fellows

Participating in the Maynard 200 Fellowship – Storytelling track, include: [From L-R]: Natasha S. Alford, Brittany Britto, Aysha Khan, Ling Chia Ku, D. Kevin McNeir, Dorany Pineda and Micaela Rodríguez

Storytelling Track

  • Natasha S. Alford, deputy editor/on-camera host,
  • Brittany Britto, higher education reporter, Houston Chronicle
  • Aysha Khan, reporter, Religion News Service
  • Ling Chia Ku, anchor/reporter, KTSF-TV, Channel 26
  • D. Kevin McNeir, editor, The Washington Informer
  • Dorany Pineda, Metpro Reporter [fellow], Los Angeles Times
  • Micaela Rodríguez, podcast producer, POLITICO
Participating in the Maynard 200 Fellowship – Advanced Leadership track, include: [From L-R]: Ernesto Aguilar, Amanda Barrett, Maria Bastidas, Jahna Berry, Amy Chen and Penda Howell

Advanced Leadership Track

  • Ernesto Aguilar, program director, National Federation of Community Broadcasters
  • Amanda Barrett, Nerve Center director, The Associated Press
  • Maria Bastidas, director of content, Mundo Hispano Digital Network
  • Jahna Berry, head of content operations, WIRED
  • Amy Chen, managing editor, travel & special projects, LinkedIn
  • Penda Howell, vice president, Sales/Advertising & Strategic Partnerships, New York Amsterdam News
Participating in the Maynard 200 Fellowship – Media Entrepreneurship track, include: [From L-R]: Leroy Adams, Stephanie Gancayco, Hélène Biandudi Hofer, Maxie Jackson III, Carol J. Kelly, Frederick Lowe, Issa Mansaray, Rajendran Pottayil, Jodi Rave Spotted Bear and Isabelle Thenor-Louis

Media Entrepreneurship

  • Leroy Adams, co-founder, BLK GEN
  • Hélène Biandudi Hofer, founder and CEO, HBH Enterprises LLC
  • Stephanie Gancayco, founder and editor-in-chief, Hella Pinay
  • Maxie Jackson III, CEO and principal, MaxWorxMedia, LLC
  • Carol J. Kelly, freelance writer/editor, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC); founder/creator, “Gone Girls” Migrant Mothers Project
  • Frederick Lowe, founder and editor, BlackmansStreet.Today
  • Issa Mansaray, Founder, Africa Institute for International Reporting; Executive Editor, The AfricaPaper
  • Rajendran Pottayil, editor,; adjunct, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Jodi Rave Spotted Bear, founder, Indigenous Media Freedom Alliance
  • Isabelle Thenor-Louis, creator, Black Diamonds; college Advisor, College Advising Corps

Read more on the 2019 Maynard 200 Fellows here

Read more on the 2019 Maynard 200 Faculty + MIJE Executive Team Roster here


The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education is the nation’s oldest organization dedicated to helping the news media accurately portray all segments of society, particularly those often overlooked, such as communities of color. The media plays a pivotal role in shaping our perceptions of each other. The distorted coverage of communities of color influences public policy and the decisions we make in our personal lives.

Maynard seeks to help news media achieve both a diverse staff and provide the public with the most accurate and nuanced coverage possible.

Maynard breaks the cycle of inaccurate depictions by using a three-pronged approach: training media managers, journalists and correspondents from communities of color; creating content to demonstrate nuanced coverage; and keeping media accountable through its Watchdog program.