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Dori Maynard: A Woman Making History

March 30, 2010

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of Women’s History Month, Women’s Media Center is profiling 30 extraordinary women making history. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support WMC Exclusives — every dollar raised will go directly toward hiring women writers to comment on major news stories and report topics often neglected by the mainstream media. Will you contribute $30? Click here to donate: or text WOMEN to 50555 to make a $10 donation.

Dori_MaynardDori Maynard: A Woman Making History by Rachell Arteaga

“Journalists are the moderators of our great national conversations.” – Dori Maynard

Dori Maynard is a woman making history. She fights to make sure that our national conversations include the diversity that is intrinsic to our country within the foundation of our democracy – journalism. Maynard is the president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, the oldest organization dedicated to helping the nation’s media accurately and fairly portray all segments of our society. When I first met her, I was inspired by her mission and her amazing accomplishments. As with many of us, I often get frustrated by the narrow range of perspectives covered in news media. I am grateful for her dedication to creating a space where stories can be reported across the five “fault lines” of race, class, geography, gender and generation. To this end, she also heads the Fault Lines project, a framework that helps journalists more accurately cover their communities. Maynard has taken these concepts to bring more reflective coverage to journalism and also to honor those who have died during coverage.   Specifically, she came together with other committed journalism organizations to lead The Chauncey Bailey Project, which won two awards at the 2009 Online Journalism Awards. The project is a collaboration of two dozen news organization that fielded reporters, photographers, journalism students and editors to investigate the 2007 murder of Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey. A testament to Dori’s tenacity and commitment to social justice and accurate, fair and balanced coverage, she declared about the project “We cannot stand for a reporter to be murdered while working on behalf of the public. Chauncey’s death is a threat to democracy. We will not be bullied.” Maynard has been recognized for her work throughout her career.  In 1993 she followed in her father's footsteps as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, specializing in research on public policy and poverty. She is a Fellow of The Society of Professional Journalists, and 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. She's also a Progressive Women's Voices alum, and WMC is honored to work with such a remarkable and influential woman. Dori Maynard is truly making history every day – and we are proud to highlight her achievements during Women’s History Month!