Importance of Diversity for Representation

By js, 7 November, 2008, No Comment

All type of media requires that people of color be involved in creating the representation which others consume. This is the type of power which Carmen Van Kerckhove is talking about in her post

Diversity means nothing without power

Network Television Station
O&O Management Diversity Census

in conjunction with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and the Society of Professional Journalists.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
At a time when the news media is being forced to concentrate on issues of race for the first time since the late 1960s, a survey conducted by the National Association of Black Journalists of news managers at the 61 network-owned television stations found a

dearth of people of color, with almost no diversity in the uppermost tier.

The study, conducted during the last ten months, found that only 17% of the managers at stations owned and operated by ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are people of color, and more than a third of the stations have no people of color at all in the managerial ranks.
“I look at the calendar and it reads 2008, but our survey numbers reflect the year 1978.  Industry leaders should be embarrassed that diversity has not taken a permanent root in their hiring practices.  Diversity is good business and to practice otherwise the business runs the risk of losing the financial support in the diverse community it serves,” said NABJ president Barbara Ciara.

more http://www.nabj.org/newsroom/special_reports/index.php

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