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 NABJ Mourns the Loss of Diversity
Champion Dori J. Maynard

NABJ mourns the loss of Dori J. Maynard, President, The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

Earlier in her career Ms. Maynard was a reporter at the The Bakersfield Californian, The Patriot Ledger, and the Detroit Free Press. She had led the institute since 2001. The institute originally named the Institute for Journalism Education was later renamed to honor Maynard’s late father Robert in 1993. Maynard’s stepmother the late Nancy Hicks Maynard was the institute’s first president.


The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education has continued over the years to fulfill its mission of training journalists and news managers who work to provide thoughtful and inclusive coverage of the communities they serve, create content which embraces the diversity of American society, and serve as a watchdog agency holding the media accountable for the accuracy and fairness of its reporting. It has excelled at doing so with Dori Maynard as the institute's guiding force.

"Dori fought to ensure that the journalists and newsroom managers responsible for coverage looked like the communities they are responsible for covering," said NABJ President Bob Butler. "Dori knew that if newsrooms represented the society then journalists would tell stories which are truthful, authentic, and compassionate."


Maynard's journalistic acumen and body of work earned her the opportunity to be a part of Harvard University's prestigious Nieman Fellowship program, a highly selective program allowing journalists to spend a year at Harvard undertaking intensive individualized training and to receive leadership development training. Her selection for the program in 1993 was noteworthy, because it made Maynard and her father, the first father-daughter duo to complete the fellowship.

"Dori was an incredible journalist, and an incredible leader. She was a fierce advocate who was committed to the cause of promoting exceptional journalism at the hands of exceptional talent. Her fierce determination, her focus, her vision, her candor will surely be missed. The journalism community is all the more better thanks to Dori's tremendous contributions. She will be missed," Butler added. 
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NABJ and NAHJ Announce 2016 Joint Convention 
to be Held in Washington, D.C

NABJ and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) announced plans to host a joint convention in 2016 in Washington, D.C.

NABJ President Bob Butler and NAHJ President Mekahlo Medina said they are proud to bring both organizations to our nation's capital. The two organizations have worked together since this summer, after immediate past NAHJ President Hugo Balta and Butler officially announced the partnership. The joint convention will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Aug. 3-7.

The convention will feature comprehensive journalism training, specialty programming, national newsmakers and the largest journalism career fair in the country.

"I am happy about the strategic alliance that we have formed with our partner, NAHJ, and we are excited that a dynamic city such as Washington will serve as our host," Butler said. "A joint 2016 convention increases our numbers, and our impact in an election year, and the presidential election will be high on our priority list."

Butler added, "I made it clear to Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus during his appearance at NABJ in Boston and the Democratic National Committee that we would like their respective parties' nominees to address our members and answer questions at our convention in 2016."

"NAHJ is privileged to be part of what will be a monumental moment in 2016," Medina said.

"Two of the country's largest journalism organizations representing two of the country's largest groups of color - it will be a must-attend convention for everyone.

"We are proud to partner with such a dynamic and historic journalism organization," Medina added. "NAHJ and NABJ started the idea of bringing journalists of color together 20 years ago and we are happy to be back with them celebrating and advocating for journalists of color everywhere."

 Medina went on to say that a joint national conference builds on the local partnerships NAHJ and NABJ have had over the past three years.

"Both our local D.C. chapters are strong and have successful experiences working together to bring members programming and development," Medina said.  More here. 



Member Spotlight: 

NABJ Congratulates Member Byron Pitts On Promotion At ABC News


NABJ congratulates lifetime member Byron Pitts on his promotion to co-anchor of Nightline, ABC News’ late-night news program.

In the thirty years since he began his journalism career he has anchored and reported for stations in Greenville, North Carolina, Portsmouth, Virginia, Orlando, 


Florida, Tampa, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts, and Atlanta, Georgia, before becoming a network correspondent.

Byron Pitts is a talented reporter who has covered many of the big stories of the last 17 years. His reporting is honest, thoughtful, and compelling,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “I know Byron has always wanted an opportunity to anchor the network news so I am thrilled for him. He is engaging on-screen, diligent off-screen and his storytelling gives you characters, events, facts, and when needed, a level of emotion, which says here is why this story matters and why you should care.”

 Pitts joined ABC News as an anchor and chief national correspondent in 2013.

 In that time he has reported on a wide range of stories for all ABC News shows and platforms most notably the death of Nelson Mandela, the aftermath of the shooting death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, profiled the self-proclaimed leader of the Satanic church, along with reporting a number of political stories and of course breaking news.


Prior to joining ABC, Pitts spent 16 years at CBS News where by the end he was a contributing correspondent to the flagship newsmagazine 60 Minutes and that network’s chief national correspondent.

A committed member of NABJ, Pitts was awarded one of the association’s highest honors when he was named "Journalist of the Year” in 2002. More here.






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