Timeline of MVJ Accomplishments

February 6, 2019

The idea for MVJ was conceived by military vets Zack Baddorf and Russell Midori.

March 2019

  • Registered & Incorporated with the state of New York
  • Developed with the creation of Mission & Program Goals and Mentorship Program
  • Built website, mvj.network

April 2019

  • Received IRS 501c3 approval
  • Held Launch Party in Brooklyn, NY
  • Started to recruit Board & Advisory Board members
  • Formed partnership with American Corporate Partners

May 2019

  • Featured in Truman National Security Project Newsletter
  • First Board Meeting
  • First Advisory Board Meeting

August 2019

  • MVJ senior leader speaks at conferences of journalism affinity groups: AAJA, NABJ, USMCCCA, NAHJ

September 2019

  • Landed paid freelance position at Working Nation for MVJ Member
  • MVJ senior leader awarded 2019 Edward R. Murrow Award in New York City

October 2019

  • Launched MVJ’s Sword & Pen Podcast

November 2019

  • Released All About MVJ video
  • OpEd written by MVJ Co-Founder published in Nieman Reports
  • Planned Spring 2020 NYC Immersion Workshop
  • Secured spot for a MVJ member in NPR’s Summer 2020 Internship Program

December 2019

  • Received coverage in Military Times & Stars and Stripes
  • Partnered with NBC for 10 seats at NBC’s Producer workshop in NYC
  • Partnered with National Association of Broadcasters & Disabled American Veterans to host workshop at 2020 NAB SHOW in Las Vegas

January 2020

  • Partnered with Stars and Stripes to increase mentor pool

April 2020

  • Partnered with University of Mississippi, FUJIFILM, and Walton Family Foundation to host video journalism workshop
  • MVJ senior leader featured on CBS Vets Radio

May 2020

  • Featured in Stars and Stripes
  • Partnered with NBC to send vets through their producer workshop and create database of potential hires
  • Partnered with National Press Club for upcoming event
  • Featured in Gov X blog
  • Partnered with Wounded Warrior Project to share knowledge about journalism as career for transitioning vets

June 2020

  • Hosted Resume Workshop with Penske Media

July 2020

  • Hosted Virtual Job Fair with about 50 veterans and 20 employers
  • Hosted webinar about National Security & Environmental Reporting with the Society of Environmental Journalists & New America — an all-female panel

August 2020

  • Featured in Women Vets Who Rock
  • MVJ senior leader hired for first journalism position at WCAV CBS
  • MVJ members granted memberships to NAHJ (at no expense)
  • Secured spot for a MVJ member in the Washington Post’s 2021 Internship Program

September 2020

  • Five MVJ members sent to Online News Association annual conference at no cost to them
  • Submitted veterans to NBC’s Internship Program

October 2020

  • Awarded $250k Knight Foundation Grant for fellowships, events and organization growth
  • Featured in RTDNA Virtual Murrow Awards
  • Published first quarterly general newsletter

November 2020

  • Hosted webinar on Veterans day with the Video Consortium
  • Featured at Veterans Week Gala with video ad and by MVJ Board Member who MC’ed the event
  • Hosted webinar on global affairs news pitching with Foreign Policy
  • Featured in 21Guns Podcast

December 2020

  • MVJ Member selected for Fox News Internship, thanks to MVJ advocacy
  • Published first monthly membership newsletter

January 2021

  • Top 10 MVJ Journalists launched
  • Held workshop on Video Journalism
  • Collaborated with AP on Military Section of AP Style guide
  • Washington Post internship assigned & MVJ Member Max Hauptman selected

February 2021

  • Granted memberships to NAB for MVJ members
  • MVJ joins INN
  • MVJ Executive Director Zack Baddorf & Board Member Priya Sridhar speak at Knight Foundation Live event
  • Bulletproof gig for MVJ Webmaster Rich Dolan
  • Awarded $60K grant by Craig Newmark Foundation
  • Published 2020 Impact and Goal Setting Report & Accomplishment Timeline on website
  • Provided free U.S. Veterans Magazine subscriptions to MVJ members
  • Success Story: MVJ/NPR intern Dustin Jones secures full-time work

March 2021

  • Director of Digital Strategy Babee Garcia, Executive Director Zack Baddorf, & Advisory Board Member Sylvester Smith speak at Knight Media Forum
  • Held virtual discussion on Women Vets in Storytelling
  • Added to the Women Veterans Alliance Resource directory
  • Discount offered for MVJ community on Jeff Butera’s book “Write Like You Talk”- a guide to write for TV news
  • Held Journey Through America’s Newsrooms with Military Times
  • Held webinar with IRE
  • MVJ President Russell Midori conducts Covering Protests webinar

April 2021

  • Held webinar on Using your Military Skills to Report on Conflict with Kaj Larsen
  • Held webinar on How to Optimize LinkedIn Profile with Advisory Board Member Phoebe Gavin

May 2021

  • MVJ hits the 2-year mark
  • Provided free journalism classes to MVJ members through Poynter Institute partnership
  • Held webinars on Creating a Professional Website & How to Leverage Social Media with Advisory Board Member Phoebe Gavin
  • Director of Digital Strategy Babee Garcia secures spot as guest speaker for Women Veterans Alliance Unconference
  • Held webinars with Al Tompkins on Writing/Storytelling for Video & Producing for TV News
  • Held webinar with Reveal Reporting Networks
  • Success Story: MVJ Member Davis Winkie secures full-time job with Army Times – was previously assigned a mentor through the MVJ mentorship program

June 2021

  • Held Journey Through America’s Newsrooms with Hearst Communications
  • Last Sword and Pen Podcast of Season 2 with Webmaster Rich Dolan as host & guest appearance from Director of Digital Strategy Babee Garcia
  • Webmaster Rich Dolan, Board Member Priya Sridhar, & Advisory Board Member Sylvester Smith spoke at #IRE21 Conference

July 2021

  • MyMVJ platform officially launched
  • MVJ Fellows Noelle Wiehe (Coffee or Die Magazine) and Tim Lenard (The Nevada Independent) began their fellowships
  • Held Journey Through America’s Newsrooms with Stars and Stripes
  • Success Story: MVJ Member Joshua Sanchez secures job at WLNS in Michigan with help from MVJ and connections made through Poytner Institute classes

August 2021

  • MVJ Member Lori King & Operations Director Drew Lawrence took over as Sword and Pen podcast hosts for Season 3
  • Held Journey Through America’s Newsrooms with KUNR
  • Held webinar on Strategizing Your Job Search with Phoebe Gavin
  • Awarded grant from Craig Newmark Foundation for INN/CUNY collaborative program
  • Executive Director Zack Baddorf & Board Member Priya Sridhar represented MVJ in Emmy Awards online event
  • MVJ Member Thomas Hengge secured fellowship for Philly Inquirer as a photographer
  • Metro Corp Media (Philly & Boston Magazine) agreed to a long-term partnership hosting interns/fellows
  • Veterans Showcase launched on mvj.network
  • Held a workshop series on Podcast Fundamentals with Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism

September 2021

  • MVJ Fellows Melissa Stewart (Philadelphia Magazine) & Thomas Hengge (Philadelphia
    Inquirer) began their fellowships
  • Held Media Law Bootcamp virtual event with MVJ Lifetime Member Dr. Jeffrey Blevins

October 2021

  • MVJ held our first convention, #MVJ2021, October 21-22.
  • Director of Digital Strategy Babee Garcia participates in Women Veterans Unconference in Las Vegas, NV

November 2021

  • Executive Director Zack Baddorf selected for We Are The Mighty’s MIGHTY 25
  • Success Story: MVJ Member Lucretia Cunningham secures job at KUNR working remotely from Las Vegas – heard about the opportunity thanks to MVJ’s Journey Through America’s Newsrooms

December 2021

  • MVJ President Russell Midori selected as a Fellow for Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia Journalism School
  • Awarded a $200K grant from The Ford Foundation to improve national and local news coverage on disabled veterans
  • Held Journey Through America’s Newsrooms with NBC 7 San Diego
  • Held webinar with Report for America
  • Awarded a grant from News Corp Giving to shape nationwide news coverage on veterans and military affairs
  • Success Story: MVJ Member & Washington Post intern Max Hauptman hired at Task & Purpose