ACES is saddened by death of Dori J. Maynard, journalism diversity advocate

February 24, 2015 By ACES Staff ACES News

The American Copy Editors Society mourns the death of Dori J. Maynard, a journalism diversity advocate, and sends its condolences to her friends, family, loved ones and all in the journalism world who were positively influenced by Maynard’s legacy.

Maynard passed away Tuesday at the age of 56 in her West Oakland, California, home.

As president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education since 2001, Maynard spearheaded a journalists of color history project and a Fault Lines project that helped journalists more accurately cover their communities, and she co-authored “Letters to My Children,” a compilation of nationally syndicated columns by her late father, Bob Maynard.

Maynard brought her Fault Lines program to ACES 2012 New Orleans conference, where she taught journalists and copy editors how to leverage workplace diversity into a better connection with a company‚ audience and increased productivity.

“In addition to diversity, Dori was a tireless champion for fairness and accuracy in journalism,” said Teresa Schmedding, ACES President. “I can think of no better way to honor her than to carry on her fight. As she said numerous times, copy editors are key to making sure stories accurately reflect the community. We will continue to edit with vigor, as Dori put it in her 2012 ACES session.”

ACES, the American Copy Editors Society, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) education and membership organization working toward the advancement of copy editors. Our aim is to provide solutions to editing problems, training and a place to discuss common issues. ACES is an international members’ alliance of editors working at newspapers, magazines, online news sites, public relations and marketing agencies and corporations. ACES was started in 1997 by Pam Robinson of Long Island, N.Y., and Hank Glamann of Houston. For more information, visit

Teresa Schmedding, ACES National President, 847-427-4574,
Taylor Carlier, ACES Communications Coordinator, 317-920-4785,
Dori Maynard

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