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Aguilar Tapped for Maynard 200 Fellowship

Program aims to make U.S. “newsrooms look more like America” by training 200 journalists of color

Ernesto Aguilar, Community Broadcaster
Ernesto Aguilar

National Federation of Community Broadcasters Program Director and Radio World contributor Ernesto Aguilar will participate in the 2019 edition of the Maynard 200 media diversity program.

According to a release from the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, the Maynard 200 program aims to make U.S. “newsrooms look more like America” by training 200 journalists of color over the course of five years.

[Read Ernesto Aguilar’s Community Broadcaster Columns]

This year’s cohort consists of 23 fellows, who Maynard 200 Director Odette Alcazaren-Keeley said “represent the inclusive voices and expertise of media professionals from ethnic, community-based and mainstream media organizations.”

The curriculum is divided into three tracks: Storytelling, Advanced Leadership and Media Entrepreneurship, taught during sessions in June and October at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles.

Aguilar will take part in its Advanced Leadership track, during which he and other fellows will learn from a curriculum centered on strategy, financial capital and human capital, according to Robert C. Maynard Institute Co-executive Director Evelyn Hsu. The track’s executive-in-residence is Smith Edwards Group Principal Consultant Virgil Smith.

The 2019 program is funded by the News Integrity Initiative, Google News Initiative, Craig Newmark Philanthropies and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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