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How Much Newsroom Diversity Is Enough?

Here is how Dawn Garcia starts out an excellent Mercury News opinion piece on the need for more newsroom diversity:

Immigration reform. Filipino veterans’ benefits. American Indian sovereignty. The civil rights of American Muslims and the voting rights of African-Americans.

Have you heard the U.S. presidential candidates mention any of these topics lately?

Not likely. Why are some issues nearly invisible this election, especially those of importance to the nation’s minority communities?

Consider who is asking the questions of the candidates.

Members of racial and ethnic minorities make up 30 percent of our nation’s population, but just 12.9 percent of newspaper journalists nationwide, according to the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ annual survey for 2004.

Thanks to Romenesko for the pointer.

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