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Nominations Needed for The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

Friday, June 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Sellers-Earl
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“Diversity is a core value as important as upholding our First Amendment responsibilities as a free press,”  Karen Magnuson, the executive editor of the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY, recently wrote.

“How could we inspire inclusive problem-solving in our community if we are not inclusive ourselves?”


We are seeking nominations for individuals or news organizations whose actions and work reflect a strong commitment to diversity in honor of the late Robert G. McGruder, a former Detroit Free Press executive editor and former managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.


McGruder died of cancer in 2002 but spent his career championing diversity throughout our industry.


Nominees should have made a significant contribution during one or more years to improving diversity both through retention and recruitment in their workplaces and also through news content.


The Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership is co-sponsored by The Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors.


This year’s winner will be announced during the annual APME-ASNE conference Sept. 11-12 in Austin, Texas. The winner receives $2,500 and a leadership trophy.


As Magnuson wrote in the above-mentioned column to her news organization’s readers, “Without question, embracing diversity is the right thing to do, but it’s also a business imperative in a multicultural society. Diversity of thought is part of the solution. It inspires more creativity that drives innovation. It leads to more robust community conversations that may lead to positive change.”


Please consider nominating someone for this worthy honor.


Who is eligible? Individuals, newsrooms or teams of journalists from U.S. news organizations or related journalism organizations are eligible. The award recognizes achievement for the past 12 months or contributions over years. 


What are the criteria?  Recruitment: by providing opportunities for diverse journalists to learn about news careers and to enter the news industry in internships and full-time jobs.


Development: by offering opportunities for diverse journalists to grow in their current roles and receive mentoring and training that lead to positions of greater authority, responsibility or expertise.


Retention: by ensuring that journalists want to remain in the news industry because of 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 that includes ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religious background, political bent and physical ability.


Leadership: by inspiring a commitment to diversity and providing tools, knowledge and information that further the efforts in recruitment, development, retention and content.


Nominations may be made by individuals, news and professional organizations, and schools of journalism and others. 


Rules for entry: Email your nomination, outlining specific information about the achievements of the nominee and how the nominee has benefited the community, the industry and/or diverse journalists. The recommendation should include the nominee’s name, the name of the person submitting the nomination and contact information. You may also submit an entry with electronic clips.

Deadline: Midnight, August 3, 2018.


Send nominations to Katrice Hardy, or Carlos Sanchez,


Please email questions to the same addresses.

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APME is a professional network, a resource for helping editors and broadcasters improve their news coverage and newsroom operations.

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