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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

"Minority" statistics in Mainstream American journalism

Here is a link to the recent report of the American Society of Newspaper Editors called "The Newsroom Census" which was last updated March 27, 2007.

Most troubling is the exclusion of all other minorities and ethnic groups of color outside of the "Big Four" -- Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and Native Americans, the group that constitutes the organization called "UNITY".

So far, Arab American journalists have been excluded not only from the census tabulations but also from the UNITY planning, so far. Contacts have been made and Arab American journalist groups including NAAJA have petitioned to be included. But so far, those requests have been rejected, ignored or not acted upon.

We hope UNITY and other groups recognize the growing presence of other American journalists of color who are outside of the "accepted Big Four."


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