American Newsrooms Are (Still) Too White
American Newsrooms Are (Still) Too White

Recent newsroom snafus — yet again — highlight a stark problem in journalism: the media industry doesn’t reflect the audiences they serve.

Newsrooms are among the least diverse workplaces in America — and it shows.

Walk into many print, broadcast, and digital outlets in the United States, and more than three in four newsroom employees (77%) are non-Hispanic whites. As journalists rally around covering nationwide protests after George Floyd’s murder, recent snafus are highlighting the lack of diverse editorial staffing, further weakening the public’s confidence in a field that most Americans already don’t trust.

The last week has been a wake-up call for many titans in American journalism.

The New York Times’s opinion editor resigned after the paper published an op-ed that called for military intervention to the ongoing civil unrest. “Please know that there are many (if still not enough) of us working like hell to hold our institution accountable each and every day,” John Eligon, a Black Times reporter, tweeted about the controversy. “Not only by speaking out against missteps, but by working to produce journalism our communities (and our country, really) deserve.”

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