RTNDA Survey Shows Gains For Minorities, Declines For Women In Radio News
July 21, 2008 at 11:09 AM (PT)
The 2008 RTNDA/HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY Annual Survey shows gains for minorities but not for women in American radio newsrooms in 2007. The minority workforce in radio newsrooms, 11.8%, represented the first increase in over a decade, while the precentage of minority news directors fell to 5.9% but represented a return to previous levels after a spike last year (the number fluctuates depending on which stations respond to the survey). However, for women, the percentage of radio newsroom jobs fell from 24.4% to 22.7%, and the percentage of female news directors fell back from 23.5% to 20%.
"As thousands of journalists of color gather for the quadrennial UNITY convention, I'm pleased we are still seeing progress in diversity in electronic newsrooms," said RTNDA President BARBARA COCHRAN. "There is still more to be done to help newsrooms keep pace with the growing diversity of the U.S. population and RTNDA will continue to provide resources and share best practices to assist with those efforts."