Statement from JAWS Board of Directors: Mourning the passing of Dori J. Maynard

Journalism & Women Symposium logoStatement from Journalism and Women Symposium Board of Directors

February 25, 2015

The Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) was honored to have Dori J. Maynard serve on our Advisory Board since 2012. As a lifelong journalist with a deep commitment to improving the craft and reflecting the diversity of our communities in news coverage, Dori was admired by many.

Dori was a natural, and welcome, addition to the JAWS community. The group’s mission, to support the professional empowerment and personal growth of women in journalism and work toward a more accurate portrayal of the whole society, aligned well with Dori’s passion for teaching and showing journalists how bringing diverse sources to their stories made them more accurate.

“Dori was a fierce and fearless advocate for good journalism and equality,” said Katherine Rowlands, past president of JAWS. “Not only was she a champion for newsroom diversity and improved coverage of our world, not only was she an ally and wise counsel for Journalism and Women Symposium and many other groups, not only was she a leader at the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and in her community, but she was also a loyal friend and confidante.

At our annual Conference and Mentoring Project, at regional gatherings and in individual conversations, Dori identified blind spots in news coverage and challenged us all to do better when covering our communities, and in our lives as well. She brought honesty to tough conversations about race, class, gender, generation and geography — the fault lines that she so eloquently identified in training done through the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and in her personal mentoring of journalists across the country.

JAWS is committed to continuing her work.


About JAWS:

The Journalism and Women Symposium, founded in 1985, is dedicated to helping women advance in journalism and ensuring news coverage that provides a full and accurate picture of society. JAWS provides mentoring and training in leadership, innovation, digital/mobile technology and newsroom skills each year to some 1,000 U.S. women journalists who make up the JAWS community. Our members represent more than 150 news organizations.

For more information contact Linda Kramer Jenning, JAWS president