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The idea for Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ) is conceived by military veterans Zack Baddorf and Russell Midori.

February 6, 2019
March 2019

MVJ is registered and incorporated in the state of New York.

MVJ receives IRS 501c3 approval.

A launch party is held in Brooklyn, NY.

April 2019
May 2019

MVJ Board has its first meeting.

MVJ Advisory Board has its first meeting.

MVJ representatives attend conferences of journalism affinity groups AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ and USMCCCA for the first time.

August 2019
October 2019

MVJ launches its Sword & Pen Podcast with the first episode hosted by Jonathan House and featuring journalist and documentarian Sebastian Junger.

MVJ secures the first internship for a member as part of NPR’s Summer 2020 Internship Program.

November 2019
December 2019

MVJ secures 10 seats for vets in journalism in NBC’s Producer Workshop in New York City.

MVJ partners with the University of Mississippi, FUJIFILM, and the Walton Family Foundation to plan a video journalism workshop.

April 2020
May 2020

MVJ sends 10 vets through NBC’s Producer Workshop and partners with NBC to create a hiring database.

MVJ hosts its first Virtual Job Fair with about 50 veterans and 20 employers attending.

July 2020
August 2020

MVJ partners with NAHJ to grant MVJ members free memberships in NAHJ.

MVJ secures a spot for a member in the Washington Post’s 2021 Internship Program.

MVJ partners with the Online News Association to send five members to the ONA annual conference at no cost.

September 2020
October 2020

MVJ is awarded a $250,000 Knight Foundation Grant for fellowships, events and organizational growth.

MVJ launches the Top 10 Military Veterans in Journalism to recognize military veteran journalists.

MVJ hosts its workshop on Video Journalism.

MVJ partners with the Associated Press to provide input on the military section of the AP Style Guide.

An MVJ member is selected for an internship at the Washington Post.

January 2021
February 2021

MVJ partners with the National Association of Broadcasters to grant members free NAB memberships.

MVJ joins the Institute of Nonprofit News network.

MVJ receives a $60K grant from Craig Newmark Foundation for a fellowship and a training partnership with Poynter.

MVJ launches the first version of the MyMVJ platform.

July 2021
August 2021

MVJ receives a grant from the Craig Newmark Foundation for an INN/CUNY collaborative fellowship and educational program.

MVJ holds its first annual convention, #MVJ2021, virtually.

October 2021
November 2021

We Are The Mighty selects the MVJ Executive Director for the 2021 MIGHTY 25.

The MVJ President joins the Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program as a fellow.

MVJ receives a $200K grant from The Ford Foundation to improve national and local news coverage on disabled veterans.

MVJ receives a grant from News Corp Giving to shape nationwide news coverage on the military and veteran affairs.

December 2021
March 2022

MVJ selects participants for the 2022 Ford Speakers Bureau.

MVJ sends 8 military veteran journalists to Poynter’s TV Power Reporting Academy at no cost.

April 2022
May 2022

MVJ launches the Ford Disability Reporting Grants program.

MVJ partners with the Scripps Howard Foundation and places a military veteran in an internship with the Harrisonburg Citizen.

MVJ launches its Press Credentials program.

MVJ secures a paid fellowship for a military veteran with CNN’s News Associates program.

MVJ secures a paid fellowship for a military veteran with The Texas Tribune.

MVJ continues its partnership with NPR to secure one seat for a military veteran in the Fall 2022 NPR internship program.

June 2022
August 2022

MVJ partners with the Washington Post to secure a spot for a veteran journalist in the Summer 2023 WaPo paid internship program.

MVJ and The Texas Tribune select their joint fellow.

MVJ sends 6 military veteran journalists to the NAB Show NY 2022 at no cost.

MVJ announces its Veterans Day event at the National Press Club, featuring appearances by Ron Nixon, Bob Woodward and MVJ-Texas Tribune fellow Allison Erickson.

September 2022
October 2022

MVJ holds #MVJ2022, its first in-person convention, in Washington, D.C.

The MVJ-NPR 2022 intern begins their internship.

MVJ partners with Wreaths Across America Radio to broadcast the Sword & Pen podcast.

November 2022
January 2023

MVJ launches its Counter-Disinformation Program in partnership with Military Times and with gracious support from the Knight Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies.


MVJ receives funding from News Corp Giving for its Entrepreneurial Journalism Program.

MVJ updates its Core Values.


MVJ announces a new partnership with McClatchy to create the McClatchy Veterans in Journalism Fellowships.

March 2023
April 2023

MVJ hires its Counter-Disinformation Program Strategy Consultant and Marketing Manager.

MVJ hosts in-person "From Frontlines to Headlines" networking event in partnership with NBCUniversal.

MVJ partners with the Ford Foundation and the Disabled Journalists Association to host in-person "Reporting with Honor" event.


Military Times hires two new reporters to cover disinformation and extremist narratives as part of the MVJ Counter-Disinformation Program.

May 2023
June 2023

The MVJ Career Center officially launches in partnership with JournalismNext.


MVJ announces its Top 10 Veterans of 2023.

MVJ and McClatchy select their joint fellows.


MVJ announces the Membership Voice Board Member seat, a new Board position that gives an MVJ member the opportunity to guide the organization on behalf of its membership.

July 2023
September 2023

MVJ opens its Entrepreneurial Journalism Grants program, giving members the opportunity to receive funding for their own news ventures thanks to support from News Corp Giving.

MVJ holds #MVJ2023, its second in-person convention, in New York City.


MVJ secures a paid fellowship for a military veteran with NBC10 in Philadelphia, thanks to support from the Wyncote Foundation.

October 2023
December 2023

MVJ announces first Membership Voice Board Member.


MVJ announces a new Advisory Board addition.


MVJ, INN and CUNY Newmark J-School's first fellow graduates from his Newmark J-School program. The fellow will start his fellowship with INN member City Limits in January 2024.