Diversity in U.S. newsrooms losing ground

A recent study from the American Society of News Editors shows that as the nation has become more diverse, minority representation in newsrooms has fallen. Does informed coverage suffer?

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Check that. Make it: a merry band of primarily white journalists, as its detractors would quickly point out.

Is that, though, so far afield of the reality in the industry today?

An annual study released by the American Society of News Editors reveals that the percentage of minority staffers at daily newspapers has declined.

According to The Atlantic, although minorities make up roughly 37 percent of the U.S. population, the percentage in the newsroom has waned from a 13.73 percent high in 2006 to 12.37 percent today. Add that the study shows 90 percent of supervisors at participating news organization are white, and the figures become even more striking.

The cause, according to analysts? The Great Recession.

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