2010 NABJ Print Census
Monday, September 27, 2010
Posted by: ryan williams
2010 NABJ Print Census of Newsroom Managers
National Association of Black Journalists’ census of top managers in print
newsrooms was last completed in 2004. The NABJ Print Task Force, concerned
about the layoffs in the industry during the six years since, decided earlier
this year to undertake and to update the study under the direction of the Vice
information below is as of September 2010. The census found that there are few
black journalists in the middle-management ranks who are being groomed for top
jobs because of the recent exodus of journalists of color as documented by
NABJ’s studies and the annual report by the American Society of News Editors.
This is an area of growing concern for the future of our organization as we become
an increasingly diverse nation and coverage of communities of color remains a
primary goal for NABJ.
NABJ Print Census
(updated, Nov. 11, 2010)
There are more top editors, but the publisher and managing editor ranks are
down from 2004, the last time a count was done on African-American print
executives in the newspaper industry.
There are 18 blacks heading
newsrooms around the country, up from 13. Some of those joining the top ranks
were Hollis Towns in Asbury Park, N.J., Robin Washington in Duluth, Africa
Price in Shreveport, La., Mark Russell in Orlando, Glenn Proctor in Richmond,
Va., and Martin Reynolds in Oakland, Calif.
The most significant drop came
at managing editor. There are 10 MEs nationally; there were 17 in 2004. There
are nine publishers; there were 14 in 2004.
There are one-two punches
(African-American editor-managing editor) in three cities: Oakland, Shreveport
and Jackson, Miss.