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According to a report released by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Center for Advanced Social Research at the Missouri School of Journalism, the percentage of minorities employed in newsrooms is 12.32%, about a percentage point less than the survey from 2010, Poynter reports.

The ASNE began conducting the survey in 1978, when minorities composed only 4% of newsroom employees, and saw increases in minority presence in the newsroom up until 2006 (13.73%), according to Poynter. Since then, the percentage of minorities has been declining faster than the overall percentage drop in newsroom employees, the article said.

An article by ASNE stated that while overall newsroom employment decreased by 2.4% in 2011, minority employment in newsrooms decreased by 5.7%.


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Gianna Walton


2012-04-05 14:58

Good journalism needs diversity. It adds perspective and enriches publications, bringing different narratives and reflecting today's multicultural societies. The root of this issue lies in journalism schools. How are schools today working to enrich their student and faculty population?

In France, journalism schools have launched initiatives to recruit students from diverse backgrounds. According to Le Monde, the schools are often accused of only accepting "Sciences Po types", an elite university that forms French politicians.

However, for the past two years, French journalism schools have been making strides to improve access. Unlike in the U.S., where students are selected based on their resumé, the selection process in France is heavily dependent on entry tests. In 2009, The Bondy Blog, a website that focuses on reporting the stories of working class neighbourhoods, partnered with a journalism school based in Lille to offer a free preparatory course for students on scholarships. Of the 20 students admitted, 13 did well enough on the entry tests to be accepted to one of France's recognized journalism schools.


Florence Pichon


2011-07-04 16:26

With panicked efforts to create new working business models to support journalism, most newspapers can barely figure out how to keep their newsrooms full, let alone decide what color, sex or creed of journalists to fill them with. But recent rumblings--both from minorities outside of the newsroom and majority races and sexes sitting in the editors' seat--reveal that newsroom diversity worldwide is still troublingly low.

Most recently, Ceri Thomas, editor of BBC news show Today, came under fire for what many called sexist comments referring to the lack of women on the Today staff. When Thomas was asked on BBC Feedback why there was a dearth of women on the Today staff when compared to BBC television overall, he attributed it to a disparity in the difficulty of the jobs.

"Those (other BBC jobs) are slightly easier jobs," Thomas said on the show. "They are difficult jobs but the skill set you need to work on the Today program and the hide that you need, the thickness of that, is something else."


Alexandra Jaffe


2010-04-07 16:45

On Sunday, CNN broadcasted Politico's meeting of editors and reporters as they planned the political news website's weekly coverage on health care reform in the U.S. Present at the meeting were John Harris, Politico's editor-in-chief, James Vandehei, Politico's executive editor, and a number of Politico's top White House correspondents. Very visibly missing were any reporters of color and any participating women.

The transcript of the clip is peppered with quotes from "unidentified male(s)," but the lone woman visible during the clip never speaks. None of Politico's five staff members of color--out of an overall staff of 85--were present at this meeting. Richard Prince in his blog, Journal-isms, recounted some of the negative responses to Politico's lack of diversity at such a high-level planning meeting.

"(The editorial meeting) was pathetic. All white folks at the table deciding the stories to cover. Not one African American or any other minority," says a journalist in an e-mail to the National Association of Black Journalists e-mail list.


Alexandra Jaffe


2010-03-22 17:37

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