Newspapers are intellectual, cultural and political communication tools that require cultural competencies that reflect the diversity of publics being addressed. Minority employment in daily newspapers has been woefully lacking in the past decade or so. Very little progress has been made since the early 19902 which shows that the numbers have not only fallen as a percent of the total workforce but in absolute quantity since in 1991 the survey measured more total minorities in newspapers (4,900) than we have today (4,700). The numbers are shameful whether we measure ratios or absolutes. This disparity is surely to follow the media workforce online and the band plays on?
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% Minorities In Work Force