MIJE President Dori J. Maynard dies at 56

Posted by Rebecca Landsberry on 02/25/2015

NORMAN, Okla. -- Dori J. Maynard, journalist and advocate for newsroom diversity, died Tuesday after losing a battle with lung cancer at the age of 56.

As president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (MIJE), Maynard dedicated her career to telling stories of under-represented communities, including those of color.  According to the website, MIJE’s mission is “to ensure that all segments of our diverse society are fairly, accurately and credibly portrayed.”

MIJE was named for her father, a co-founder of the Institute, which provides resources such as newsroom training, content creation and a watchdog program.

"Under her leadership, the Institute has trained some of the top journalists in the country and helped newsrooms tell more inclusive and nuanced stories. New programs are empowering community members to voice the narrative of their own lives. On the morning of her death, she was discussing plans with a board member to help the institute thrive and to attract funding to support that work,” according to a statement released by the Maynard Institute on Tuesday.

Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) President Mary Hudetz said Maynard will be missed by the media community.

“Dori was a great and effective advocate for improving and diversifying news coverage and staffing in our field. We admired her endurance for the cause of a more fair and inclusive media landscape. She will be missed but not forgotten, and our condolences go out to her family and loved ones, as well as the board and staff of the Maynard Institute."