RTNDA Study: More Women, Fewer Minorities In Broadcast News
July 28, 2009 at 11:24 AM (PT)
The 2009 RTNDA/HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY Annual Survey of minorities and women in broadcast news shows the percentage of women in radio news increasing, while minority staffing figures in broadcast news departments fell. The percentage of women in radio news increased from 22.7% last year to 28.1%. 27.7% of radio news directors are women.
The survey recorded a 23.6% drop in minority staffing to 21.8% of the news workforce, with the percentage of Asian American journalists increasing while the percentage of Native American journalists remained the same. The percentage of African Americans working in local news fell by half a percentage point, while he percentage of Hispanics in local news fell from 10.3% last year to 8.8% this year. In local radio, Asian American and Native American precentages were up and African American and Hispanic numbers were down.
"While the increase in the number of women serving as news director is encouraging, the drop in the percentage of minorities employed in newsrooms is not," said RTNDA Chairman STACEY WOELFEL. "It is my hope the gains made in the last few years to make our newsrooms more diverse were not lost in the recent economic downturn. RTNDA is committed to working with our partners at the minority journalism associations to make sure all owners and managers know the value of putting more journalists of color in their newsrooms."
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