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 journal-isms.com and on TheRoot.com three times a week.
From 2002 to 2016, it originated on the Web site of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (www.mije.org).
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 chairs 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 a monthly dinner roundtable 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 (www.blackcollegewire.org) that aims 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 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.
For further information:
- Journal-isms’ Richard Prince Wants Your Ideas (FishbowlDC, Feb. 26, 2016)
- “JOURNAL-ISMS” IS LATEST TO BEAR BRUNT OF INDUSTRY’S ECONOMIC WOES (Feb. 19, 2016)
- Richard Prince with Charlayne Hunter-Gault, “PBS NewsHour,” “What stagnant diversity means for America’s newsrooms” (Dec. 15, 2015)
- The Washington Post’s Metro Seven: Thirty years ago, they fought for a fair chance. Today, there’s still work to be done. (Steven Gray, NABJ Journal, September 2002)
- Journo-diversity advocate turns attention to Ezra Klein project (Erik Wemple, Washington Post, March 5, 2014)
- The HistoryMakers: Richard Prince (October 2013)
- Fishbowl Interview With the Fresh Prince of D.C. (Oct. 26, 2012)
- NABJ to Honor Columnist Richard Prince With Ida B. Wells Award (Oct. 11, 2012)
- So What Do You Do, Richard Prince, Columnist for the Maynard Institute? (Richard Horgan, FishbowlLA, Aug. 22, 2012)
- Richard Prince Helps Journalists Set High Bar (Jackie Jones, BlackAmericaWeb.com, 2011)
- Five Minutes With Richard Prince (Newspaper Association of America, 2005)
- ‘Journal-isms’ That Engage and Inform Diverse Audiences (Q&A with Mallary Jean Tenore, Poynter Institute, 2008)