Little Change in Minority Hiring at Newspapers; American Society of Newspaper Editors Releases Numbers from Its 1993 Survey

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Little Change in Minority Hiring at Newspapers; American Society of Newspaper Editors Releases Numbers from Its 1993 Survey


Hernandez, Debra Gersh, Editor & Publisher


American Society of Newspaper Editors releases numbers from its 1993 survey

Little progress was made last year in raising the number of minority journalists working at daily newspapers in the United States.

According to the latest minority employment survey by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, 10.49% of newspaper employees in 1993 were minorities, an increase of slightly less than one-quarter of a percentage point from 10.25% a year earlier.

However, of all journalists hired for their first full-time newspaper positions, 24% were minorities, a gain of 3.4%. In addition, 39% of all newspaper interns were minorities, a slight decline of 0.8%, although the proportion of minorities remained the same, according to the ASNE report.

More than half (55%) of U.S. daily newspapers employed minorities, with all of the largest papers (more than 100,000 circulation) employing people of color. Sixty-three percent of the minority journalists worked at papers with circulations of more than 100,000, and among the papers with circulations of more than 500,000, minorities made up 17.1% of the total newsroom work force.

Smaller newspapers made up most of the 45% of dailies that do not employ any minorities. …

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