Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Help Us Recognize Talent

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Help Us Recognize Talent

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We received a few inquiries last month regarding our annual 25 Under 35 list: "Where were the black newspaper leaders?"

Fair question, but I want to share a little bit about our selection process. This year we received 130 nominations from different newspapers from around the country and Canada. During a period of about two months, newspapers were invited to send us their nominations through a form on our website, where they could recognize a young newspaper professional (and we also encouraged young professionals to nominate themselves). Once the deadline passed, our editorial staff combed through the submissions, looking for leaders who were making a difference in their communities and moving the industry forward. Trust me--it wasn't easy to go from 130 to just 25, but we are always confident in the individuals we select each year. We have no knowledge of their skin color until we contact them for photographs. We choose them based on their talents and accomplishments, their duties and responsibilities, and their passion and commitment to their profession. Of course we want to make sure we choose a diverse group of newspaper leaders, but we would be doing a disservice if we only focused on picking a person based on his or her race or gender.

The subject does call attention to another matter. Here at E&P we believe our next generation of newspaper leaders should come from all backgrounds; we also believe as a whole, our industry needs to work harder at hiring and promoting minorities. As an Asian-American woman, I have been the only the minority in a newsroom. When I go to newspaper conferences, I notice the majority of attendees are white and male. And the statistics show we still have a long way to go. The 2016 American Society of News Editors reported that minority journalists comprised only 17 percent of the workforce in newsrooms that responded to their annual diversity survey. …

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