NABJ Questions Relentless Attacks on Newsroom Diversity
Washington, DC (February 3, 2012)--Today, the Associated Press laid off longtime NABJ member and diversity advocate Robert Naylor after 24 years of service. Naylor becomes the third African American manager at the company to be terminated in the last two weeks. This news comes one day after the AP reinstated its internship program, a historically critical pipeline for reporters and editors of color in the company, following a one-year hiatus.
"As I stated in my letter to the industry on January 6, the relentless attack on newsroom diversity continues to arise under the guise of a failing economy," NABJ President Gregory Lee said. "I will be reaching out to Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley and executive editor Kathleen Carroll in hopes of finding some common ground on diversity issues in the company's news division."
NABJ extends its best wishes to Mr. Naylor and salutes him for championing the cause of diversity during his career.
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.