ERIC Number: ED310398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Surviving to the Top: A Study of Minority Newspaper Executives.
Pease, Edward C.; Stempel, Guido H., III
A study was conducted to determine how minority news executives, assistant managing editors or higher, had gotten started on their newspaper careers, what their experiences had been as minorities in the newsroom, and what suggestions they had for improving the population of minority newsroom executives. Subjects, 42 minority news executives whose names were obtained from the membership lists of national minority journalists' professional associations, responded to a survey that asked about issues of race and retention. Specifically, respondents discussed the degree of racism they had encountered in their careers and were asked to elaborate on how race figured into hiring, job assignments, and advancement. Findings included the following: (1) 85.7% said they had found a great deal or some racism at the newspapers where they had worked; (2) four respondents--three females and one male--said they had found sexism to be an even greater barrier than race; (3) two-thirds of the respondents said that they felt pressure as a result of not being white in a white industry; (4) 83% of respondents said they knew of minority co-workers who had left the newspaper industry, 38% of whom identified race as an issue behind the departure; (5) one-quarter felt that racist attitudes were a reflection of the communities and society in which those newsrooms were located; and (6) 83% of respondents said they had found colleagues to be generally supportive throughout their careers, and 74% said management had been supportive. (Three tables of data are included.) (MS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Society of Newspaper Editors, Washington, DC.
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