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ASNE Edits Minority Goals

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ASNE Edits Minority Goals

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One of five newspaper newsroom employees should be a racial or ethnic minority member 10 years from now, under new interim diversity goals adopted by the American Society of Newspaper Editors (asne).

At its fall board meeting, asne adopted benchmarks that will measure at three-year intervals the newspaper industry's progress towards employing a journalistic work force that mirrors the percentage of minorities in the general U.S. population.

Last year, asne acknowledged that newspapers would fall far short of meeting its Year 2000 parity goal. In 1999, asne said, minorities comprise 11.55% of newsroom employees - but 28.4% in the United States at large.

asne pushed back its parity goal until 2025, but promised interim measures.

asne's benchmarks set a high standard considering the industry's hiring history: The benchmark for total minority employment uses the assumption that in 2000 minorities will comprise 12.55%, or a full percentage point higher than this year. asne noted that in the 20 years it has been tracking minority employment it has never increased that much in a single year.

From 12.55% in 2000, asne sets minority employment goals of 15. …

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