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Reginald Stuart Diversity Management Fellowship
Funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation

Deadline for applications: July 20

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About Reggie Stuart

Reggie Stuart is a past national SPJ president and Wells Memorial Key winner — the highest honor bestowed upon a member for service to the Society. In 2006, he was named a Fellow of the Society, which recognizes journalists who have made extraordinary contributions to the profession.

A lifelong champion for diversifying newsrooms and news coverage, Stuart has worked the past two decades as a corporate recruiter for Knight Ridder Newspapers and The McClatchy Co. It was this work that earned him the Associated Press Media Editors’ Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership in 2013.

Stuart is a veteran journalist who spent his early career as a reporter for The Tennessean and WSIX in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1974, he left his hometown for The New York Times, where he began as a business and finance reporter. Within the next decade, he worked as a correspondent and bureau chief in Detroit, Atlanta and Miami. Afterward, he became a national affairs correspondent for the Philadelphia Daily News and worked his way up to assistant news editor in Knight Ridder’s Washington, D.C., bureau, where he stayed until 1996.

“Not only myself but considerably hundreds of aspiring journalists owe Reggie a debt of gratitude for not only being a mentor or sounding board, but leading many (of us) into jobs,” Indianapolis Star reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski said for a Quill article published in 2013.


Funded by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation.

The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the educational foundation for the Society of Professional Journalists, is providing funding for two SPJ members to participate in the Poynter Leadership Academy, October 4-9, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The purpose of the program is to identify and provide management training to minority journalists who are managers or have management potential. This program is a small attempt to address a major need to increase the number of minority managers in the newsroom. Under this program, the fellows participate in a management training program that would help to increase or complement the fellows’ managerial skill sets.

This fellowship also offers a support mechanism for journalists who are in situations with their current outlets or employers who can’t or don’t provide this particular type of training.

The goal of this fellowship is to get more minority journalists into the management pipeline. The ultimate objective for any participant in this program is to learn the skills of being a manager ... and learning how to incorporate those skills into the individual's career path.

This opportunity is open to experienced print, broadcast or online managers — mid-level and up — who want to take their skills and careers to the next level. People identified with high potential in their organizations will also be given strong consideration for this opportunity. On its website, Poynter states the Leadership Academy is best for talented, experienced managers.

The fellowship provides:
– Payment of the Leadership Academy tuition
– Travel costs to/from St Petersburg, Fla. (up to $1,000)
– Hotel for five nights (up to $1,200)
– Food per Diem (up to $210)

To be eligible, one must:
– Be a manager or on a management track
– Participate actively and fully in the entire Leadership Academy program
– Provide written approval from one’s employer to participate in all phases of the Leadership Academy
– Be a member of SPJ for at least six months
– Be a person of color, with disabilities and/or from the LGBTQ community
– Be willing to get involved/stay involved in SPJ at the local and/or national level
– Be willing to present a training program on the topic of management if requested by SPJ

If you have any questions, please contact Associate Executive Director Chris Vachon at 317-920-4781.

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– Let’s Talk about the Cover SPJ Isn’t Talking about
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On both chapter and national levels, SPJ provides an open forum for the discussion of diversity issues in journalism. This committee's purpose is to promote a broader voice in newsrooms across the country and expand the depth and quality of news reports through better sourcing. Its ongoing project is the compilation of experts — primarily women, gays and lesbians, people of color and people with disabilities — through the Society's Diversity Source Book. The Society's relevance to its member is based on inclusiveness.
 

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