RTNDA Study Shows Little Change In Minority, Female Newsroom Representation
July 20, 2007 at 12:05 PM (PT)
The 2007 RTNDA/BALL STATE UNIVERSITY annual survey of minority and female employees in broadcast news showed the minority representation in radio newsrooms falling from 6.4% to 6.2% from 2005 to 2006, with the percentage of African-Americans rising from 2.5% to 3.3% and Native Americans up from 0.2% to 1.1%. The percentage of women in radio newsrooms slipped slightly from 24.8% to 24.4%, but female news directors rose from 20.4% to 23.5%.
"Newsrooms can better serve their communities when their staffs and their coverage reflect their communities," said RTNDA President BARBARA COCHRAN. "RTNDA provides resources and shares best practices to expand diversity in newsroom staffing and coverage."