From AWSM president Amy Moritz:
The glass ceiling still exists.
It’s something those of us living in sports departments across the United States understand anecdotally and the most recent numbers underscore our experiences: Gender diversity is severely lacking in sports newsrooms, particularly at the management level.
The third bi-annual edition of the Associated Press Sports Editors Racial and Gender Report Card by Richard Lapchick was released this week. And the numbers continue to be disappointing.
Examining the hiring practices of more than 320 websites and newspapers, APSE members received their second consecutive F in gender diversity. The entire report is available at The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport website.
The biggest disappointment is the actual decline of women sports editors in 2010. As Lapchick is quoted in the report: “The worst news was perhaps that the percentage of sports editors who were women or people of color fell 2.3 percentage points from 11.7 percent in 2008 to 9.42 percent in 2010. White males in particular increased by 3.0 percentage points for sports editors.”
What to do? Certainly continuing to face the numbers is a start. AWSM has begun to partner with APSE on events in an effort to help address gender diversity issues. The economic times and changing nature of media and newspapers provides challenges for all in the industry, but by keeping diversity issues on the table, we hope to help change the habits of those in decision-making positions.
AWSM also will continue to provide access to mid-career training grants for members who want to enhance their skills in the changing media landscape and prepare to apply for management level positions. We will continue to advocate for diversity at all levels of the sports newsroom — traditional and digital — as well as opportunities for advancement in public relations and other media fields.
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