Saturday, August 15, 2009

Newsroom Diversity

Economy tests media’s diversity - The Boston Globe

While hundreds of minority journalists are in Boston for a conference this week, industry leaders are trying to tackle a growing concern: how to preserve diversity in the nation’s newsrooms.

Yes. The country is growing more ethnically diverse. Now is not the time to give up on this effort to change the makeup of newsrooms.

But I wonder about several things and am awaiting the study that shows us just who is getting cut, a salary comparison, and some real numbers that show the justification for the huge newsroom cuts compared to advertising falloff. And are young minority journalists getting hired into jobs at lower salaries or different job descriptions to make numbers while not allowing real change at the top. We shall see, eventually, I hope.

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