NABJ Issues Thumbs Down Award to Dow Jones Company, New York Times and The Washington Post
Monday, August 8, 2016
Posted by: Aprill Turner
NABJ Issues Thumbs Down Award to Dow Jones Company, New York Times and The Washington Post For Unequal Pay To Journalists of Color
WASHINGTON, DC (August 8, 2016) --The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) today issued its 2016 Thumbs Down Award to the Dow Jones & Company, The New York Times and The Washington Post for paying white male employees more than journalists of color, as demonstrated by results of several studies by unions representing staffers at each organization.
The Thumbs Down Award is given annually for reporting, commentary or other content found to be racially insensitive, or for practices at odds with the mission of the National Association of Black Journalists.
At The Washington Post, data revealed white male reporters make on average 20 percent more than reporters of color, as pointed out in its own story by Erik Wemple.
Link to Story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2016/05/23/post-management-disputes-guilds-methodology-on-pay-gap-analysis/
At The New York Times, a study found non-white news division employees earned 9 percent less than the average wage and non-white employees earned 10 percent less than the average wage across the company.
Link to study: http://www.nyguild.org/tl_files/nyguild/documents/NYTimes/NYTstudy160512.pdf
At Dow Jones, which owns The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch and Barron's, a study revealed weekly pay for white women is 24 percent higher than for black women and weekly pay for white men is 31 percent higher than for black men.
The Independent Association of Publishers' Employees (IAPE), which represents Dow Jones employees, published a report detailing these findings.
Link to report: http://www.iape1096.org/news/2016/08_stilllooking.php
“The fact is that the studies offered hard numbers on a topic that many of our members long suspected to be true. The guilds at these media outlets worked to shine a light on these unfair practices,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “We hope that the results from these important studies, along with our Thumbs Down Award, will push these media outlets to correct these shameful wage disparities.”
Union officials say they are negotiating with The New York Times, The Dow Jones Company and The Washington Post to address the issue. Those are steps in the right direction and NABJ urges The New York Times, The Dow Jones Company and The Washington Post to address the issue for all of its journalists of color.
An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.