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Columnist for Maynard Institute of Journalism Education named 2010 McGruder Award for Media Diversity Winner

Posted Mar. 8, 2010

Columnist for Maynard Institute of Journalism Education named 2010 McGruder Award for Media Diversity Winner
Richard Prince, columnist for the Maynard Institute of Journalism Education, is the recipient of the 2010 Robert G. McGruder Award. The award recognizes the accomplishments of media professionals who encourage diversity in the field of journalism.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication will present the McGruder Award at a special ceremony and lecture at 1 p.m. Tuesday April 6 in the FirstEnergy Auditorium in Franklin Hall. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.

Past recipients of the McGruder award are Greg Moore, editor of the Denver Post, in 2003; David Lawrence, Jr., retired Knight Ridder executive and The Miami Herald publisher, in 2004; Albert Fitzpatrick, retired Knight Ridder executive and Akron Beacon Journal editor, in 2005; and Leonard Pitts, Jr., Pulitzer Prize winner and columnist for The Miami Herald, in 2006.

About Prince:
Richard Prince writes "Richard Prince's Journal-isms," a three-times-a-week column on diversity issues in the news media, for the Web site of the Maynard Institute of Journalism Education (www.mije.org).

He also works part-time as a copy editor at the Washington Post, and was founding editor of Black College Wire, a news service for black college students (www.blackcollegewire.org) that aims to improve college newspapers and increase their frequency.

He chairs the Diversity Committee of the National Conference of Editorial Writers, and for many years, chaired the Media Monitoring Committee of the National Association of Black Journalists.

He continues to moderate the NABJ's listserv.
Prince was an editorial writer and columnist at the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., where he worked from 1979 to 1994. There, he became a founding member of the William Monroe Trotter Group, an association of African American newspaper columnists for which he helps maintain a presence on the Web. (www.trottergroup.org)  

About McGruder:

The late Robert G. McGruder, a 1963 Kent State graduate, was a pioneer in both diversity and in the field of journalism. He was the first black editor of the Daily Kent Stater and the first black reporter for The Plain Dealer. In 1995 he was the first black to become president of the Associated Press Managing Editors group and in 1996 became the first black editor at the Detroit Free Press.

“Please know that I stand for diversity,” McGruder once said. “I represent the African-Americans, Latinos, Arab-American, Asians, Native Americans, gays and lesbian, women and all the others we must see represented in our business offices, newsrooms and our newspapers.”

For more information, contact Eugene Shelton, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, at eshelto1@kent.edu.

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Media Contact: Jennifer Kramer, 330-672-1960, jlkramer@kent.edu