Every year, the American Society of News Editors announces the results of its diversity survey.
And every year, I click anxiously on the link, hoping for some good news. And every year, I am disappointed.
Every year, I see the inevitable quotes from top editors — about how we’re moving the needle (okay, yeah, slowly, a bit, here and there) and how committed they are to making progress (really?) and how important it is that we reflect our communities (without a doubt).
Yet there is no great sense of urgency and little accountability, as far as I can tell.
And that’s more discouraging than the numbers themselves.
Minority journalists comprise 16.6 percent of the workforce in U.S. newsrooms, according to the latest survey. That’s “only a half-percentage-point decrease from last year’s figure,” the ASNE release said.
There are newsrooms across the country — look at the results for yourself — that come nowhere close to mirroring their communities. The ASNE numbers this year included those comparisons, which are helpful.
Women make up 39.1 percent of newsroom employees. Let that sink in. It’s 2017, and women have been graduating from journalism schools at higher rates than men for years. And yet.
I’ve been a journalist for 32 years.
I have heard all the excuses.
And yes, downsizing takes its toll.
And yes, there aren’t as many jobs to fill, and therefore, opportunities to improve the numbers.
But let’s be honest: We’re still hiring, we’re still promoting people, and we’re still doing
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/news/another-asne-diversity-survey-another-year-inaction-has-change