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APSE & Diversity

Diversity is important to APSE and its members. APSE supports diversity efforts through a number of outreach efforts. And, we’re open to new ideas. If you have a suggestion for APSE, please email directly the APSE president. 

APSE’s current diversity efforts:

  • A founding partner of the Sports Journalism Institute, the nation’s premier sports journalism program for diversity. APSE provides an annual grant of $10,000 and member news organizations sponsor graduates with paid, eight-week professional internships.
  • Sponsors scholarships worth $2,000 for the Association for Women in Sports Media, including the APSE Mary Garber Scholarship.
  • Partners with AWSM at the region level to provide professional development.
  • Partners with Hampton University. APSE’s annual Day of Diversity at Hampton, a Historically Black College, began in 2009. Through the work of APSE, Scripps Howard Foundation offers $3,000 stipends to two students. The students have been part of the SJI program since 2010 and are placed at APSE member newspapers during the summer internship.
  • Sponsors seminars and panels that shed light on gender and racial issues in sports media.
  • Commissions bi-annual Racial and Gender Report Card from The Institute for Ethics and Diversity in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida.
  • Hosts and sponsors the Diversity Fellowship Program, a nine-month course of study in management for mid-career professionals.
  • Hosts a diverse candidate bank on its website.

Officers

Mike Sherman

Mike Sherman

President
The Oklahoman

Mary Byrne

Mary Byrne

First Vice President
USA TODAY Sports

Tommy Deas

Tommy Deas

Second Vice President
The Tuscaloosa News

John Bednarowski, sports editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal, was elected to a two-year term as APSE's third vice president in 2014.

John Bednarowski

Third Vice President
Marietta Daily Journal

Jack Berninger

Jack Berninger

Executive Director
Richmond Times-Dispatch
(retired)

In the News

Aug 24, 2014APSE accepting applications for 2014-15 Diversity Fellowship Program

APSE is accepting applications for its 2014-15 Diversity Fellowship Program. The program is 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, assistant sports editor or sports reporter) in sports journalism. This training program, which prepares Fellows to be candidates for such positions, is underwritten by APSE and its partners, and there is no cost to the Fellows. The deadline is Sept. 19.

Aug 21, 2014NABJ, NAHJ conventions feature sports talent

The National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists held their annual national conventions earlier this month, and not surprisingly, sports journalists were at the forefront.

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Blogs

Aug 6, 2012Third Vice President’s column: Reach out to smaller papers that are not APSE members

  By Tommy Deas Executive Sports Editor The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News   First, let me extend my thanks and appreciation to those who elected me to this position and to all the old friends I got to see and new friends I got to meet at the Summer Conference in Chicago. The Third Vice President’s […]

Jul 28, 2012President’s column: The time is now to invest in the future of APSE

Sponsoring a student through APSE’s new Student Outreach Initiative is a great way to give back to the organization and the future of sports journalism. APSE President Gerry Ahern calls on APSE members to recruit and sponsor one college student as a member of the organization. The students can come from your alma mater or your coverage area. The $25 fee will give the students access to the minds and events that will shape the future of sports journalism.