The outlook for diversity in media is not encouraging. The number of minority journalists in newspapers continues to shrink. For the second year in a row, the rate at which minority journalists lost their jobs or took buyouts was greater than that of the overall industry, according to a 2009 American Society of News Editors study.
First there were rumors and whispers. In the torrent of cutbacks and layoffs slamming media outlets across the country, some wondered whether minority journalists were the first to lose their jobs. Inquiries and questions of concern have come in steadily to SPJ’s Diversity Committee over the past several months.
When firestorms ravaged the Southern California landscape in October, two of California’s mightiest forces collided: Mother Nature and the state’s booming immigrant population. Calls to evacuate and other safety measures were not delivered to non-English-speaking residents in critical areas in a timely fashion.