Dorothy Butler Gilliam (right), the first Black female reporter at The Washington Post, speaks with Washington Informer Editor D. Kevin McNeir during the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education's Maynard 200 fellowship program at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles.
Dorothy Butler Gilliam (right), the first Black female reporter at The Washington Post, speaks with Washington Informer Editor D. Kevin McNeir during the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education's Maynard 200 fellowship program at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles.

Dorothy Butler Gilliam, the first Black woman reporter at The Washington Post, shares words of wisdom with Washington Informer Editor D. Kevin McNeir during the recent week of training, seminars and intensive conversations sponsored by the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

McNeir traveled to Los Angeles Oct. 15-18, joining several dozen colleagues at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism where speakers like Gilliam spoke about the challenges she faced in the past and the work that remains for today’s minorities in the media.

While America and its citizens are more diverse than ever before, the newsrooms representing them are still overwhelmingly white. In today’s political climate, the need to amplify a wide range of perspectives is of critical importance.

Those at the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, along with Google News Lab, the News Integrity Initiative, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies believe diversity in the newsroom is the future of digital media. To support this idea, the Maynard 200, a fellowship program, has undertaken the vitally important goal to train 200 diverse journalists in the next five years, focusing on three tracks: entrepreneurship, leadership and storytelling.

Look for more about this program from its fellows, faculty and mentors in the print version of The Washington Informer.

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