By Jorge Rojas
The Miami Herald

Congratulations to the 2012 class of APSE Diversity Fellows. They are:

Tony Adame, a sports writer/copy editor at the Wichita Eagle who has won Top 10 APSE awards in breaking news and game stories during his eight years in the business.

Peter Fuertes, a do-everything copy editor for the Los Angeles News Group, with several headline writing and design awards over his 15-year career. 

Monica Holland, sports desk chief and outdoors editor for the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer, who has been a leader in design, scheduling and planning for the high-achieving section during her 10-year career.

Michael Wallace, NBA columnist and "Heat Index'' reporter for ESPN/, who also has worked at the Miami Herald and the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., among other places, in his 15-year career. 

This is the second year of the APSE Diversity Fellowship Program. APSE is the major sponsor, with support from Indiana University, which hosts a weekend of academic training, and USA Today Sports Media Group, The Sporting News, the Association for Women in Sports Media, Digital First Media, and U-T San Diego, which each committed $1,000 to help sponsor the program.

This year's Fellows will begin their fellowship experience by serving as members of the judging committees for this year’s APSE web contest. They also will join membership and help judge at the winter conference in February in Orlando. 

The Diversity Fellowship Program also includes participation in APSE’s Sports Management Program, the Sports Journalism Institute, the summer conference in Detroit and the professional development day for each Fellow’s region.

The training will prepare them to take a substantive leap forward in their careers as part of an overall push toward improving diversity by APSE.

The first class of Fellows — Ed Guzman, sports copy chief at the Washington Post; Carrie Cousins, former night sports editor at the Roanoke (Va.) Times; and Adena Andrews, a writer/columnist for ESPN-W — graduated at APSE's summer conference in Chicago in June.
Jorge Rojas is chairman of the APSE Diversity Committee. You can reach him at (305) 376-3213 or via e-mail at