Oakland Voices at Maynard 200: Co-Director Momo Chang and Alum Brandy Collins

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Momo Chang and Brandy Collins. Left photo credit: Ray Chavez.

Oakland Voices is excited to announce that two of our members will join the Maynard 200 Fellowship. 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. Forty-nine fellows have been selected for the 2023 Maynard 200 Fellowship.

This year, Oakland Voices alum Brandy Collins will join the Media Entrepreneurs and Product Developers track, while Momo Chang will join the Frontline Editors and Managers track. In addition, Rachel James-Terry, an alum of Jackson Voices, modeled after Oakland Voices, will join the Executive Leaders track. Last year, Oakland Voices Co-Director Rasheed Shabazz and alum Tony Daquipa joined Maynard 200.

“This year’s Maynard 200 fellows join a community of journalists who have ascended into executive-level roles; received awards for coverage; led diversity initiatives that have shifted newsroom cultures; and launched innovative entrepreneurial ventures, many of which bolster local journalism,” said Odette Alcazaren-Keeley, Maynard 200 Director.

The 2023 in-person program will open June 26th, hosted by the program’s university partner this year, the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas.

A second week of training will be held virtually from October 23-27, when fellows will be paired with industry veterans and experts for ongoing, one-to-one mentorship.

“Our graduates are reshaping American journalism,” said Maynard Institute co-executive director Evelyn Hsu. “This program is part of the Maynard Institute’s long record of service to a craft that is critical to the health of a functioning democracy.”

For more than 45 years, the Maynard Institute has fought to push back against the systemic lack of diversity in the news industry through training, collaborations and convenings. Founded by Robert C. Maynard, the Institute promotes diversity and antiracism in the news media through improved coverage, hiring and business practices. We are creating better representation in America’s newsrooms through our Maynard 200 fellowship program, which gives media professionals of color the tools to become skilled storytellers, empowered executives and inspired entrepreneurs.

Maynard 200 is the cornerstone fellowship program advancing the Maynard Institute’s efforts to expand the diversity pipeline in news media and dismantle structural racism in its newsrooms. It is designed for and serves the next generation of media leaders, storytellers, editors and entrepreneurs, in order to advance their career growth and leadership power in newsrooms and organizations. The professional development program provides customized training courses, resources and 1:1 mentorship by industry professionals, to fellows who have represented a wide spectrum of racial, gender and geographic backgrounds.

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This article is adapted from the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education’s announcement.

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