Number of Minorities Employed by Newspapers Remains Static

By Chris O'Shea Comment

Lost amid the drama surrounding The New York Times firing Jill Abramson is the hiring of Dean Baquet. Baquet is important not only because he’s the Times’ first black executive editor, but as the Pew Research Center notes, his accession highlights the lack of minorities employed by newspapers.

Over the last 18 years, the number of minority staffers and supervisors at newspapers has remained essentially static, accounting for one out of every 10 positions. In 1994, minorities accounted for about 11 percent of newspapers’ workforce. In 2012, that number had barely budged to 12 percent.

While things are better for minorities when it comes to local TV news, it’s not by much. In 2004, minorities accounted for 21 percent of the local TV news workforce. In 2012, the percentage was unchanged.

[Image: Pew Research Center]