Magazine article The Quill

Minority Staffing Report Shows Ups and Downs

Magazine article The Quill

Minority Staffing Report Shows Ups and Downs

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Gannett Co. Inc., the nation's largest newspaper-chain, reported in August that its minority hires rose.

But at the Unity 2004 conference in Washington, D.C., a study released showed that only in 10 Washington press corps journalists are in a minority group.

Almost 30 percent of Gannett's new editorial employees were people of color, the company reported at Unity 2004, Editor & Publisher reported.

Minorities now make up 18.6 percent of staffers in Gannett's newspaper newsrooms, up 0.3 percent from summer 2003, E&P reported. Larger gains came in the number of Gannett's newsroom managers, 18.6 percent, up from 16.9 percent in June 2003.

Also, at USA Today, 12.8 percent of newsroom managers are people of color, up from 11.1 percent in 2003, E&P reported.

But less than 10. …

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