Diversity Doesn’t Make the Cut in Sports Newsroom

April 30, 2011  |  

(Businessweek) — Some 320 websites and newspapers that belong to Associated Press Sports Editors slightly improved their racial hiring practices last year, according to a study released Wednesday, though they failed again to make any strides in gender hiring for key newsroom positions.  The report, released every two years by the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports, gave those outlets a C plus, up from a C in 2008, for racial hires and an F for gender hires in jobs including sports editor, columnist, reporter and copy editor.  This is the third report that’s been done for APSE since 2006.  Overall, it said, sports departments were still being led mostly by white men.  “When survival is at stake, like it is for so many places, I think the danger is that things that will be of long-term importance are less of a priority than say, keeping the economy of a newspaper going,” said the study’s primary author, Richard Lapchick. “I think it happens in all kinds of businesses … The old saying of last hired, first fired is still too much at play.”

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