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NABJ Releases 5th Annual Diversity Census on Media Management

Friday, June 22, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aprill Turner
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NEW ORLEANS, La. (June 22, 2012) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announced the results of Part One of the 5th Annual Diversity Census on Friday, June 22, during the Annual Convention & Career Fair in New Orleans. 

The report analyzed newsroom managers in 68 television stations owned by four national media companies, and the results are mostly discouraging.

According to the report, Raycom Media, Allbritton Communications Company, Journal Broadcast Group and Sinclair Broadcast Group employ 350 men and women in the positions of general manager, news director, assistant news director, managing editor, assignment manager, executive producer or web manager. Only 11 percent of these managers are people of color, a figure that is consistent with NABJ studies of other television newsrooms from previous years. This includes 28 African Americans, 6 Hispanics/Latino Americans, 3 Asian Americans and 1 Native American.

The 2010 United States Census determined that nearly 35 percent of the U.S. populationis non‐White. That figure varies from city to city, but NABJ encourages managementteams that make coverage and hiring decisions to reflect a station’s television marketdemographics. 

 "It is disheartening to see these newsrooms do not reflect the society that we walk everyday," said NABJ President Gregory Lee Jr. "NABJ will continue to push for diversity in all newsroom positions. We especially need more voices in management to dictate coverage so stations can accurately report on the stories that affect all communities."

The complete census report with this information and updates on more than 200 television stations owned by 15 other companies from previous studies will be released in the fall.

The 2012 NABJ Broadcast Diversty Census can be found here.

National Association of Black JournalistsAn advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C. NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation, NABJ provides educational, career development and support to black journalists worldwide. 


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