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Freedom Forum Seeks McGruder Nominations
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A personal highlight for me last year was winning an award named for Robert G. McGruder, the guy who put me in my job as recruiter for the Free Press. (The photo I have tucked in here shows a commemorative brick I ordered for a Poynter walk project.)

You can read more about Bob here.

Now, it is time to seek nominees for this year's award. If you know someone who would fit the bill, please te;; the Freedom Forum's Jack Marsh. It's all right here:

Nominations being accepted

for 2008 McGruder Diversity Leadership Awards

The Freedom Forum, in partnership with the Associated Press Managing Editors and the American Society of Newspaper Editors, is accepting nominations for the seventh 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.

Small_brick 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 and relentless diversity champion. McGruder died of cancer in April 2002.

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 Mcgruder nomination is Aug. 1, 2008.

Announcement of the winners will be made at the annual APME conference, Sept. 8-11, 2008, in Las Vegas. The recognized honorees each receive $2,500 and a leadership trophy.

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 Newspaper 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 through:

  • Recruitment: by   providing opportunities for journalists of color to learn about news   careers and to enter the newspaper industry in internships and full-time   jobs.

  • 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 number.

You may supplement an entry with clips, but please send no more than four. Send copies no larger than 11 by 17 inches.

Send material to: Jack Marsh, [email protected], Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Deadline: Materials must be received in the Freedom Forum’s Washington office by Friday, Aug. 1, 2008.

Nominations will be judged by a committee that includes representatives of APME, ASNE, the Freedom Forum and UNITY: Journalists of Color.

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