Robert G. McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership Announced

By: E&P Staff

Sharon Rosenhause of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the Pacific Daily News in Hagatna, Guam have been named winners of the fifth annual Robert G. McGruder Awards for Diversity Leadership.

The awards recognize leadership in news content and recruitment, development, and the retention of journalists of color.

Rosenhause, the managing editor of the Sun-Sentinel, won in the over-75,000 circulation category. At the Sun-Sentinel, she increased the percentage of minority newsroom employees from 19 percent to over 29 percent. She also instituted several newsroom programs to mentor and train minority staff members.

Outside of the Sun-Sentinel, Rosenhause has also been the chair of the American Society of Newspaper Editors? (ASNE) Diversity Committee as well as a member of the advisory board for Columbia University?s Graduate School of Journalism?s Race and Diversity Workshop.

The Pacific Daily News — winner of the under-75,000 circulation category — on the western Pacific island of Guam is 6,000 miles from the United States. In order to create a newsroom that reflects the diversity of the island (Guam is known to be a melting pot of cultures), the paper has developed a ?grow our own? internship program. The year-long internship is for senior-year college students and adults looking for a second career.

The awards will be presented to the Pacific Daily News and Rosenhause on Oct. 26 at the Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) association convention in New Orleans. The honor is given by the APME, the ASNE, and the Freedom Forum, which provides funding for the award.

The award is named for Robert McGruder, a former executive editor of the Detroit Free Press who died in 2002.

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