Nominations being accepted for 2011 McGruder Diversity Leadership Awards
Monday, March 7, 2011
Posted by: Jack Lail
The Associated Press Managing Editors, in partnership with the American Society
of News Editors, is accepting nominations for the 10th annual Robert G.
McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership.
Two awards are given annually: one for newspapers with a circulation up to
75,000; one for newspapers with more than 75,000 circulation.
The awards go to individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists who embody
the spirit of McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press,
former managing editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, graduate of Kent State
University and relentless diversity champion. McGruder died of cancer in April
This year, the awards are being sponsored by the Free Press, The Plain
Dealer, Kent State University and the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute.
Jurors will be looking for nominees who have made a significant contribution
during a given year or over a number of years toward furthering diversity in
newspaper content and in recruiting, developing and retaining journalists of
color. The deadline to make a nomination has been extended to Wednesday, June 1, 2011.
Announcement of the winners will be made at the annual APME conference,
Sept. 14-16 in Denver. The recognized honorees each receive $2,500 and a
Who is eligible? Individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists from U.S.
daily newspapers are eligible. A nominee's newspaper must participate in the
American Society of News Editors' annual employment census.
The awards recognize achievement for the past 12 months or contributions
over a number of years.
What are the criteria? The Diversity Leadership Awards honor an individual,
a newsroom or a team of journalists for significant leadership in diversity
Recruitment: by providing opportunities for journalists of color to learn
about news careers and to enter the newspaper industry in internships and
Development: by offering opportunities for journalists of color to grow in
their current roles and to receive mentoring and training to advance to
positions of greater authority, responsibility or expertise.
Retention: by ensuring that journalists of color want to remain in the news
industry by providing an inclusive work environment that offers opportunities
to contribute and advance.
Content: by reflecting a diverse community accurately and in a way that
demonstrates community and industry leadership. The definition of diversity in
content includes ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status,
religious background, political bent and physical ability.
Nominations can be made by individuals, newspapers, professional
organizations, schools of journalism and others.
Rules for entries: Send a letter (of no more than three pages) outlining
specific information about the achievements and how they benefited the
community, the industry and journalists of color. The letter should include the
name of the person making the nomination and his/her signature and telephone
You may supplement an entry with electronic clips, but please send no more
than four. Send copies no larger than 11 by 17 inches.
Send material by e-mail to:
Sally Jacobsen, SJacobsen@ap.org
The Associated Press
450 West 33rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10001
Deadline: Material must be received by close of business on Monday, May
Nominations will be judged by a committee that includes representatives of
APME, ASNE and UNITY: Journalists of Color.
Past winners of the McGruder awards:
2010 Randy Lovely, editor and vice president of The Arizona Republic in
Phoenix, and Bill Church, executive editor of the
Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore.
Troy Turner, editor of The Daily Times in Farmington, N.M.; and Karen Magnuson,
editor of The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle
John Bodette, executive editor of the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times; and Charles
Pittman, senior vice president for publishing at Schurz Communications
Wanda Lloyd, executive editor, Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser; and Joe Grimm,
recruiting and development editor, Detroit Free Press
Sharon Rosenhause, managing editor, Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and
the Pacific Daily News on Guam
Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and The Honolulu (Hawaii) Advertiser
Bennie Ivory, executive editor and vice president for news at The Courier-Journal
in Louisville, Ky.; and Susan Ihne, then executive editor, St. Cloud (Minn.)
Charlotte Hall, then vice president/planning, Newsday, Long Island, N.Y.; and
the Greeley (Colo.) Tribune
Don Flores, executive vice president and editor, El Paso (Texas) Times; and Jim
Strauss, publisher, Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune