The Maynard Institute is Hiring! We Need a Table Stakes Newsroom Coordinator


The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education seeks to fill this fixed-term position primarily to help coordinate and support our work as part of the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative (formerly known as Table Stakes). The purpose of the program is to help newsrooms make substantial change around digital transformation, revenue, content, personnel and other transformational challenges.

The Maynard Institute has been awarded an 18-month grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to provide guidance to help ensure performance challenges selected by teams are culturally competent and reach across the social fault lines of race, class, gender, generation, geography and sexual orientation. We seek a skilled professional who understands various aspects of the news business and can apply a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion lens to challenges undertaken by Table Stakes participants.

This position would also support the institute’s content audits, its consultancy work and implementation of college-level modules based on the Institute’s Fault Lines workshops.


  • Ability to assess performance challenges and apply the Maynard Institute’s Fault Lines framework to the respective Table Stakes teams (see below).

  • Monitor progress of Table Stakes teams to ensure that Fault Lines is being applied to performance challenges.

  • Establish and maintain communication with Table Stakes facilitators, teams and other consultants working across numerous TS cohorts.

  • Provide written and verbal feedback on Table Stakes performance challenges to teams, funders and other stakeholders.

  • Train Table Stakes participants in the Fault Lines framework.

  • Represent the institute at Table Stakes meetings.

  • Provide institute management regular feedback and updates on progress of Table Stakes teams.

  • Ability to perform other tasks related to Table Stakes and the institute’s Equity and Inclusion Transformation Program.

  • Additional duties may include content audit coordination, Fault Lines products development and pitching in to help execute other institute programs.


  • Deep knowledge of journalism and the media landscape across numerous platforms, including print, digital, broadcast, etc.

  • Service in a consulting or similar capacity for at least three years.

  • Ability and flexibility to travel.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to navigate numerous teams effectively and simultaneously across different news organizations and companies.

  • Must be an effective self-starter.

  • Strong presentation skills and ability to explain concepts clearly and engage with audiences in person and via channels such as Zoom.

  • Strong facilitation skills and ability to facilitate respectful discussions of sometimes sensitive topics.

Big bonus if candidates have:

Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues in journalism or other relevant sectors.
A working knowledge of the Fault Lines curriculum and have applied it to their work.
An entrepreneurial spirit and ability to think creatively to solve unforeseen challenges.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants need NOT know Fault Lines to apply. Training in the framework will be provided.

Type of Position and Benefits

This fixed-term position would start immediately and run through December 2020, parallelling the length of the grant. Benefits include vacation, sick leave, health coverage and 403(b) retirement account.

To apply

Please send a cover letter and résumé with the subject line “TABLE STAKES COORDINATOR” to Alida Birnam, the institute’s executive assistant, at abirnam@mije.org. Deadline: Sept. 30, 2019.

About the Maynard Institute

We promote diversity in the news media through improved coverage, hiring, business practices and training programs that equip journalists with leadership, multimedia skills and subject expertise for news organizations across platforms.

Our primary mission is to ensure that all segments of our diverse society are fairly, accurately and credibly portrayed.

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