LA Weekly blogger Dennis Romero, a.k.a. The Informer, takes a good solid look at the results of the third annual newsroom survey conducted by the American Society of News Editors (ASNE).
Romero, who describes himself as “half-Mexican” and notes that about half of those in LA county have some sort of south-of-the-border ancestry, highlights the finding that 6.8% of LA Times staff is Hispanic. He also makes good use of his CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California board membership, sourcing the organization’s executive director Julio Moran for a quick take:
“It is frustrating to see that for the third straight year, the percentage of journalists of color in newsrooms across the country has dropped while the overall percentage of the population in the country continues to grow… Our nation’s newsrooms need to reflect the diversity of the communities they cover.”
Romero suggests there also needs to be a similar annual survey of folks at the helm of online-only outlets like Patch. He’s right about that. By the way, the rest of the LA Times numbers are 10.5% Asian American, three percent African American, and 0.4% Native American.