When we talk about diversity in media, there’s a specific question that often gets lost: Do our newsrooms actually reflect the diversity of the communities we cover?
Today, we’re asking that question of newsrooms that primarily cover the Seattle metropolitan area. We know anecdotally that the answer is no, but if we are serious about finding solutions, we need our conversations to be as informed as possible. And for that, we need hard data.
Increasing diversity in media means bringing in more voices, backgrounds, and perspectives of all types. However, given that many recent discussions of newsroom diversity?—?both on social media and in our community?—?have focused on race and gender, we chose to specifically focus on these facets of diversity in this report.
Do you have suggestions for how we can better report these numbers on a regular basis? Shoot us an e-mail using our contact information below.
This report was written by Anika Anand and Audrey Carlsen in collaboration with the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA Seattle).
Anika Anand: firstname.lastname@example.org
Audrey Carlsen: email@example.com