Race and leadership in the news media 2022: evidence from five markets
In Figure 3, we plot data on the demographics of the population as a whole and the percentage of non-white top editors in each market. As in previous years, we find marked disparities. Well over half of the population in Brazil identifies as non-white (57%), but there are no non-white top editors in our sample. Germany and the UK have smaller percentages of non-white people in the general population, and no non-white top editors. In the US, the percentage of non-white top editors (33%) is still below the percentage of non-white (including Hispanic/Latinx) people in the general population (42%). And even South Africa, where the percentage of non-white people in the general population is 92%, has a disparity in representation among top editors (73% are non-white). While the gap has shrunk in both South Africa and the US, there continue to be significant disparities in representation among top editors – and in three markets with millions of non-white citizens, there continue to be no non-white top editors at all.