ASNE Study: Percentage of Minority Journalists Down Slightly

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The percentage of minority journalists working in U.S .newsrooms decreased slightly to 13.62% this year from 13.87% a year ago, according to the American Society of Newspaper Editors' annual survey, which included full-time online journalists for the first time. This marks just the second time since the survey began in 1978 that the percentage of minorities had dropped. The last decline occurred in 2001. But, while the percentage of minorities fell, the number of minority journalists actually increased, by about 200, to 7,800, the report showed. The survey also found nearly 2,000 full-time journalists working only on their newspapers' Web sites, with 16% minorities. "The good news in the online operations doesn't outweigh the bad news in these numbers"" said Dave Zeeck, ASNE president. "And the fact that the only two years diversity numbers have gone down were also the two toughest economic years for newspapers in recent memory only means we need to redouble our efforts. We have to remember that diversity isn't just about numbers, it's about making our news reports better. Diverse staffs lead to better journalism. …