Diversity in the professionsPresentation Transcript
Diversity in the professions Agenda:
Racism/sexism in the workplace
Racism/sexism not obsolete Media professions any different from others? Is ambivalence harder to tackle? Should employees be expected to tolerate some level of racism/sexism? From sources/clients? From co-workers, supervisors?
Faces of discrimination… Media professions any different from others? Is ambivalence harder to tackle? Should employees “learn to deal” with some level of racism/sexism?
ASNE 2011 newsroom census 18.72 percent of online-only employees were minority. Minority interns – 24 percent – decreased from 27 percent last year. 19 percent of first-time hires were minorities.. 36.92 percent of full-time employees at daily newspapers are women. Minority women accounted for 19.3 percent of female newsroom staffers. Minority men account for 10.8 percent of male newsroom staffers.
Hiring practices… con’t Retention is a key factor. Rooney Rule for media professions? Last hired/ fired policies hurting minorities.
Women in media…and their nicknames Ice Queen The Devil Dominatrix “She’s got more balls than the New York Yankees.” “She’s got balls like cast-iron cantaloupes.” Tough Masculine Those traits, if applied to a man, would be admirable. ~Martha Stewart
Whose bias? Audience or boss?
Whose responsible for fixing it? W. E. Gutman, journalist, “Women in the Media” Do men and non-Hispanic whites share a role in eliminating racism/sexism in the workplace and media? What can individual women and minorities do to improve their situation?
Tweeted suggestions… #GRdiscuss
What are your solutions? National Association for Black Journalists National Association for Hispanic Journalists Native American Journalists Association Asian American Journalists Association
“But fundamentally, because we had something to prove: Diversity can happen anywhere. And should.” ~Mike Jacobs, editor and publisher, Great Forks (N.D.) Herald, winner of 2008 Pacesetter diversity award.