RTDNA/Hofstra Study Has Mixed News For Minority, Female Broadcast Journalists
September 22, 2010 at 8:18 AM (PT)
The latest RTDNA/HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY annual survey of broadcast news operations found that the percentage of minority news directors rose for both television and radio in 2009, but the percentage of minorities in both radio and television fell for the third straight year. The percentage of women in radio news rose slightly, but the percentage of women radio news directors went down, as did both the overall percentage of women in TV news and women TV news directors.
For radio, the minority workforce was down from 11.8% in 2008 to 8.9% in 2009, and is projected to drop further to 5% in 2010. Minority radio news directors tripled form 2.2% to 7%. 40.9% of local news staffs had women on their rosters, with 18.1% of stations having female news directors.
"Again, the percentage of minorities in television decreased from the year before. In fact, we end the decade with no gains whatsoever for minorities in TV news, and the percentage of minorities in radio news is down substantially," said HOFSTRA Professor BOB PAPPER, the survey director.
"Women have been right around the 40-percentage mark of the TV workforce for more than a decade. Last year, the number edged up to 41.4%, but this year it's back down to 40%. That could indicate that women in TV news lost their jobs at a higher rate than men, but it could also just be an anomaly in the numbers," added PAPPER.