Race and leadership in the news media 2022: evidence from five markets
When we look at the relationship between the percentage of non-white people working in journalism – relying on data from Worlds of Journalism collected between 2012 and 2016 (Hanitzsch et al. 2019) – and the percentage of non-white top editors across four of our five markets, shown in Figure 2, we find a mixed picture, as we have in previous years. (Data on the racial identity of journalists in Germany is not available.) The UK has a small number of non-white journalists (6%) and, again, no non-white top editors in our sample. The US also has a small number of non-white journalists (9%), but a larger percentage of non-white top editors (33%). In Brazil, despite a third of journalists being non-white (34%), there are no non-white top editors in our sample this year. South Africa stands out as an exception, with a third of journalists being non-white (34%) but 73% of top editors being non-white.