Oakland Voices is proud to announce that two of our members will join Maynard 200. Oakland Voices is a program of The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding diversity in the news media and dismantling structural racism in newsrooms. Fifty-seven journalists have been selected for the 2022 Maynard 200 fellowship.
The Maynard 200 fellowship provides a tuition-free professional development training and year-long mentorship for leaders, storytellers, frontline editors, and media entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds via the expertise of a distinguished faculty across relevant disciplines.
Maynard 200 is the cornerstone program advancing the Maynard Institute’s efforts to expand the diversity pipeline in news media and dismantle structural racism in its newsrooms. Since 2018, the Maynard Institute has trained over 90 media leaders, storytellers, and entrepreneurs through the fellowship program.
“We look forward to welcoming the Maynard 200 class of 2022, especially as we return to in-person training at our university host site– the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism,” said Odette Alcazaren-Keeley, Maynard 200 director.
Oakland Voices Co-Director Rasheed Shabazz will participate in the Media Entrepreneurship track, focusing on entrepreneurial and new media projects. Shabazz is a multimedia storyteller, urban planner and historian and recently completed a master’s of city and regional planning at Berkeley. He has written for the East Bay Express, East Bay Times, Indybay, Oakland Local, The Oakland Post, San Francisco Bay View and The Final Call. He has hosted and produced news at KALX-FM and hosted the Black Hour podcast with the Peralta Colleges’ 9th Floor Radio. He recently co-hosted Community Visions, a podcast focused on race and urban planning.
“I’m grateful to join Maynard 200 and the Media Entrepreneurship track,” Shabazz said. Shabazz hopes that through the Maynard 200 training, he will launch an Oakland Voices podcast.
Tony Daquipa has been selected to be a fellow in the Storytelling track, focusing on investigative journalism. Daquipa is an Oakland Voices alumnus and correspondent, and has written stories about arts and culture and Oakland schools, particularly around the privatization of public schools. “I’m incredibly honored to be representing Oakland as part of the Maynard 200 cohort this year,” Daquipa said. “I’m looking forward to upgrading my investigative storytelling toolkit.”
Daquipa said his goal is to learn more about investigative journalism, noting the dearth of investigative reporting in Oakland storytelling. “We all know that there is no shortage of stories needing to be investigated around here,” Daquipa said.