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Obit: Dori Maynard on Technology and Diversity in News

Shorenstein Center | Harvard University   in  · ·
February 25, 2015

February 25 — Dori Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, died Tuesday, February 24, 2015. She was 56.

Maynard was a tireless advocate for more racial diversity in the newsroom, as well as for greater awareness of diversity issues within news coverage itself. As part of her Maynard Institute work, she helped train huge numbers of minority journalists in leadership and multimedia skills. Prior to joining the institute, she was a reporter at the Bakersfield Californian, the Patriot Ledger and the Detroit Free Press. Her father, Robert C. Maynard, was a pioneering journalist who went on in 1979 to become editor of the Oakland Tribune; in 1983 he bought the paper, becoming the first African-American to own a major metropolitan daily. Both father and daughter were Nieman Foundation Fellows at Harvard University in 1993.

In September 2013, Dori Maynard was interviewed at the Shorenstein Center about the intersection of technology and diversity over the past two decades, and the evolution of the news landscape.

The following transcript has been edited for clarity. The video of the interview will be posted soon.

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