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Newsroom Employment Slightly Up, Except for Minorities

The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) has released data indicating that American newspapers showed a very slim increase in newsroom employees last year (from an estimated 41,500 in 2009 to 41,600 in 2010), “finally halting a three-year exodus of journalists.”

It’s not a huge increase, but we’ll take whatever good news we can get!

But for minority newsroom employees, things aren’t quite so rosy. The percentage of minorities in newsrooms, according to ASNE, currently totals 12.79 percent (minorities make up 36 percent of the total U.S. population). This is a decline of .47 percentage points from a year ago, and marks the third consecutive year that the percentage of African-American, Asian, Latino, and Native American journalists has declined in U.S. newsrooms.

It seems smaller papers have a greater problem in this regard. ASNE reports that 60 percent of minorities work at newspapers with circulations exceeding 100,000.

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NPR Creates New Senior Management Role Focused On Diversity

Keith Woods.jpgNational Public Radio is increasing its focus on diversity with the addition of a new senior manager role.

Keith Woods, the dean of faculty at the Poynter Institute, has been named as the first vice president in charge of Diversity in News and Operations for the nonprofit organization. In his new role, Woods, a former consultant to NPR, will “lead the development of NPR’s vision and strategy for diversity, and will play a central role in its implementation across the NPR newsroom, throughout the organization and in the public radio community as a whole,” NPR said. He will join NPR full-time in February.

Woods, a journalism veteran who has served on two Pulitzer Prize juries, will work with NPR’s CEO Vivian Schiller to help broaden the radio network’s content in order to reach a more diverse audience. He will also provide coaching and training throughout the organization and its member stations to help deal with issues of “content, recruiting and workplace environment strategies,” the company said.

Full release after the jump

NPR’s Schiller: “Our Plans For Going Forward Is More”

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