February 6, 2019

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

March 2019

  • Registered & Incorporated in the state of New York

April 2019

  • Received IRS 501c3 approval
  • Held launch party in Brooklyn, NY

May 2019

  • First Board Meeting
  • First Advisory Board Meeting

August 2019

  • MVJ represented at conferences of journalism affinity groups AAJA, NABJ, NAHJ and USMCCCA

October 2019

November 2019

December 2019

  • Secured 10 seats for vets for NBC’s Producer Workshop in NYC

April 2020

May 2020

  • Sent vets through NBC’s Producer Workshop and partnered to create database of potential hires

July 2020

  • Hosted Virtual Job Fair with about 50 veterans and 20 employers attending

August 2020

September 2020

  • Five MVJ members sent to Online News Association annual conference at no cost

October 2020

December 2020

  • Secured internship for MVJ member at Fox News

January 2021

February 2021

  • Granted memberships for MVJ members to National Association of Broadcasters
  • MVJ joins the Institute of Nonprofit News network
  • Awarded $60K grant by Craig Newmark Foundation for a fellowship and training by Poynter

August 2021

October 2021

  • Held our first annual convention, #MVJ2021

November 2021

  • MVJ Executive Director selected for We Are The Mighty’s MIGHTY 25

December 2021

March 2022