Dori J. Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and longtime champion of diversity in journalism and civic life, died Tues., Feb. 24, at her West Oakland home. She was 56. Maynard advocated tirelessly for the future of the institute and its programs, reminding all that the work of bringing the diverse voices of America into news and public discourse is more vital than ever. Under her leadership, the Institute has trained some of the top journalists in the country and helped newsrooms tell more inclusive and nuanced stories. New programs are empowering community members to voice the narrative of their own lives. On the morning of her death, she was discussing plans with a board member to help the institute thrive and to attract funding to support that work.
A memorial service for Ms Maynard will be held on Monday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611. The service will also be livestreamed at the following channel:http://www.ustream.tv/channel/dori-j-maynard-memorial
Plans for a memorial service in Washington DC are pending.
Please direct your inquiries to:
Evelyn Hsu, MIJE Program Director
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