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Most Front Page Election Stories Written by White Reporters

A study and infographic released last week by 4th Estate reveals a lack of diversity among newspaper reporters covering politics. The study analyzed election coverge on the front pages of 38 major news outlets between January 1 through October 12, and found that 93% of stories were written by white reporters. According to the U.S. census, the overall population is only 63.4% white*.


Our hometown newspaper was included in the study, and we were surprised by the results. Only  8.7% of front page Los Angeles Times election stories were written by non-white reporters, and none of them were Hispanic. That’s in sharp contrast to the overall population of Los Angeles, where nearly half of all residents are of Hispanic or Latino origin.

The lack of diversity at the Los Angeles Times has been reported on before. A recent census by the American Society of News Editors reported that just 8.1% of the LA Times newsroom was Hispanic.

* Denotes non-Hispanic whites, as in the infographic.

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