DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 15 FOR NOMINATIONS FOR MCGRUDER AWARDS FOR DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Posted by: Laura Sellers-Earl
The Associated Press Media Editors, in partnership with the
American Society of News Editors, is accepting nominations for the 11th 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
Announcement of the winners will be made at the annual APME conference Sept.
19-21 in Nashville, Tenn. 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 (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 number.
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 email 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 Friday, June 15.
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.
2011 - Gregory Moore, editor of The Denver Post, and Sherrie Marshall,
editor of The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph
2009 - Troy Turner, editor of The Daily Times in Farmington, N.M.; and Karen Magnuson,
editor of The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle
2008 - John Bodette, executive editor of the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times; and Charles
Pittman, senior vice president for publishing at Schurz Communications
2007 - Wanda Lloyd, executive editor, Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser; and Joe Grimm,
recruiting and development editor, Detroit Free Press
2006 - Sharon Rosenhause, managing editor, Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and
the Pacific Daily News on Guam
2005 - 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.) Times
2003 - Charlotte Hall, then vice president/planning, Newsday, Long Island, N.Y.; and
the Greeley (Colo.) Tribune
2002 - Don Flores, executive vice president and editor, El Paso (Texas) Times; and Jim
Strauss, publisher, Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune