Chart shows how minority employment at newspapers has stalled

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New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet is "part of a small minority at U.S. news outlets," Monica Anderson writes for Pew. "[I]n newspaper newsrooms, the percentage of overall staffers and supervisors who are black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American or multiracial has remained virtually unchanged in the past two decades." Anderson uses data from the American Society of News Editors census to chart that stagnation:

The percentage of minority journalists in newspaper newsrooms edged up by a miserable .05 percentage points in 2012, even as absolute numbers fell by 300 positions. The decline counts as stagnation because minority journalists lost newspaper jobs at about the same rate as journalists overall.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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