Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Retort to Tallahassee Report

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Retort to Tallahassee Report

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Your gargantuan, disorganized look at the Tallahassee Democrat furor (E&P, Jan. 17) missed the mark. It lacked understanding of, and perspective about, the organizational realities of newspapers. Democrat publisher Mike Pate is no foe of diversity. As publisher of The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, S.C., he hired me as editor to broaden the paper's gauge and better reflect the whole community. We took heat from long-time readers. He never once flinched.

Pate was a key backer of a pioneering effort in the Southeast to recruit and train non-journalist minorities for newsroom jobs. He was one of the first and only publishers to sign a Fair Share agreement with the NAACP on hiring, procurement, and vendors. He helped fund an innovative S.C. program to bring blacks and whites together for mealtime conversation to foster interracial understanding. He greatly strengthened the relationship between the paper and Myrtle Beach's sizable black communities.

Pate chose a woman, Sue Deans, to succeed me as editor. …

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