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The Associated Press Sports Editors Race & Gender Report Card

Date of Release: April 27, 2011
APSE Racial and Gender Report Card 2010-2011
By Richard Lapchick
with Austin Moss II, Christina Russell and Rodney Scearce

The Associated Press Sports Editors, the largest group representing sports sections of newspapers and online media sources in the United States and Canada with more than 320 members, has announced a new Diversity Fellowship Program, APSE President Michael Anastasi has announced.


The following are details about the program:


Goal: To create both more and better prepared candidates of diversity for management positions in the sports departments of the nation's news organizations.
 
Summary: An in-depth, nine-month course of study for working mid-career professionals who are interested in pursuing a path as a manager (typically a sports editor or assistant sports editor) in sports journalism. The program begins in the fall and concludes with APSE's annual conference in June 2012 in Chicago.
 
Eligibility: Women and minority journalists who have at least three years' professional experience. Applicants should have the support of their employer as attendance at several events is required (but note that travel expenses are paid by the program). APSE realizes the Fellows are working professionals whose first responsibility is to their news organizations. APSE will work closely with supervising editors to ensure the fellows not only meet all work responsibilities, but will customize the program to focus on skills most important to the employer. We want employers to value APSE Diversity Fellowship graduates and to consider this training invaluable to their companies.
 
Course of study: The program consists of several major components:
 
The Sports Management Program. Each Fellow is a student in this separate, long-standing APSE program. As a student, the Fellow is paired with an experienced editor from a large news organization who serves as a mentor. Through a five-phase process, the Fellow learns such skills as how to critique and analyze a sports section, how to plan for and deploy resources to cover an important sports event in their community, how to be a member of the overall newsroom leadership team, what to plan for and execute high-quality summer sports coverage, how to plan for and execute football preview sections and coverage for various times of the year. (There is no travel for this component).
 
Online Sports Coverage. Each Fellow works as a member of a team judging APSE's annual web contest. This component consists of two full days of judging, a half day of deliberation with other members of your team and two one-hour sessions of what makes outstanding sports coverage online with an experienced editor from one of the nation's top sports sites. (There is no travel for this component).
 
Print Sports Coverage and Sportswriting. Each Fellow works as a member of a team judging APSE's annual sports section and sportswriting contest. This is a four-day commitment, taking place this year in Orlando Feb. 18-22. Under the supervision of experienced editors from across the country, each Fellow will typically judge at least three different types of sports journalism, such as daily or Sunday sections, or investigative, project, news or enterprise reporting. The Fellow also will attend professional development coursework offered during the conference. Finally, the Fellow will complete an assignment prior to the conference and it will be reviewed with an experienced editor in Orlando. A typical assignment might be completing a mock performance review or a daily online coverage budget. (All travel expenses for this component are covered by the program).
 
Region APSE meeting. Each Fellow attends their region's annual professional-development day. These daylong sessions - the dates vary depending on the area of the country - consist of several seminars on various topics conducted by editors from within that region. (Region meetings are held typically within driving distance. All travel expenses for this component are covered by the program).
 
Sports Journalism Institute. Each Fellow, under the direction of leaders of the Sports Journalism Institute, the nation's premier diversity sports program, work as an offsite assignment editor with the Institute's incoming class.
 
Indiana University's National Sports Journalism Center. Each Fellow attends IU (at program expense) for a three-day, long-weekend academic experience (details to be determined soon). The experience might include seminars in sports journalism law, business of sports media, digital sports journalism, managing and motivating a staff, the editor as entrepreneur, and the fundamentals of managing money and a budget.
 
APSE's summer conference. This capstone experience has each Fellow attending the various sessions and workshops of the APSE Conference. At the conclusion of the conference, the Fellows receive their
certificates of completion.

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