Richard Prince (Credit: Keith McMillian/Jackson State University)

Richard Prince is a veteran journalist who writes “Richard Prince’s Journal-isms,” the news column on diversity issues in the news media. It appears on and on three times a week.

In 2013, Prince received the Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Medill School at Northwestern University, “given to an individual who has made outstanding efforts to make newsrooms and news coverage more accurately reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.”

In 2010, Prince was honored with the Robert McGruder Award from Kent State University for his promotion of diversity in the news business, as well as a P.E.N. Oakland award.

Washington’s Capital Press Club honored him in 2014 as “The Journalist’s Journalist” for “stellar leadership on coverage of diversity in the media.”

Prince chaired the Diversity Committee of the Association of Opinion Journalists, formerly 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 listserve, and hosts the Journal-isms Roundtable, a monthly dinner to facilitate networking among Washington, D.C., journalists.

From its 2002 founding  until 2007, Prince edited the Black College Wire, a news service for black college students that aimed to improve college newspapers and increase their frequency of publication.

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 helped maintain a presence on the Web.

He has also worked in investigative journalism, editing The Public i, an online news report produced by the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C., from 1999 to 2001. Prior to that, in another foray into the nonprofit world, he worked at Communities In Schools, a nonprofit that helps keep kids in school.

Prince worked part time as a foreign desk copy editor at the Washington Post from 1999 to 2008. That service follows time there as a  reporter, from 1968 to 1977, when he covered local news. He is a native of New York City, having grown up there and in Roosevelt, Long Island, and  is a graduate of New York University.

From 2002 to 2016, the “Journal-isms” column originated on the Web site of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

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