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The New York Times has published the results of its commissioned report on the diversity of its workforce and concludes that much remains to be done.
Eight months ago, amid nationwide protests against the police murder of George Floyd and centuries of systemic racism in the United States, the publisher hired T Brand Studios editor Amber Guild, assistant editor-in-chief Carolyn Ryan and Senior Vice President Anand Venkatesan for examining how the Times fell short within its own walls. The trio noted that while they have made progress in diversifying the company in recent years (last year, 48 percent of new hires were black), “too often it is difficult to work for people from different backgrounds” – especially for color employees, and especially Black and Latino employees.
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“For example, we’ve heard from many Asian-American women that they feel invisible and invisible – to the point that they are regularly called by the name of another colleague of the same race, which other people of color have also described,” it says Report based on interviews with 400 employees, according to The Times. “We have found that our Black and Latino colleagues face the greatest and most widespread challenges.”
In particular, it was found that blacks and Latinos are significantly underrepresented in management positions and that black colleagues who do not hold management positions leave the company more often than white colleagues. In addition, black employees, and black women in particular, rated the company lower in almost all categories of the 2020 employee survey, with the lowest scores for fairness and inclusion.
To address these issues, the report suggested a number of measures, including: Establish an employee counseling group to work with executives to make The Times more diverse, fair, and inclusive; The aim is to increase the representation of black and Latin American colleagues in management positions by 50 percent by 2025 and to invest heavily in human resources to improve the way employees are hired, developed, promoted and engaged.
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In an introduction to the report, the managing director Meredith Kopit Levien, the editor-in-chief Dean Baquet and the chairperson AG Sulzberger said: “The actions she recommends require the largest investment the Times has ever made in time, money, and energy to advance our culture. We believe that this work represents an important and necessary next step in the broader development of the company. “
The report concludes months of internal drama at the Gray Lady. Last, Longtime science reporter Donald McNeil Jr. and audio journalist Andy Mills, both entangled in separate controversies, left the company. Last month, it was revealed that McNeil had used racist language on a trip to Peru with students in 2019. Baquet had disciplined him by the time, but in the days following its publication, the editor-in-chief came under pressure from staff to take further action.
Mills produced the “Caliphate” podcast about the Islamic State, which was forced to return high profile awards, including a peabody, after it was discovered that its main topic was a scam. Management has been criticized for downgrading lead reporter Rukmini Callimachi on the podcast but not taking any action against Mills. Before the podcast was released, The Cut published an article alleging Mills misbehaved towards female employees at Radiolab, including unsolicited back massages on one colleague’s desk and spilling beer on another. According to the article, he was warned by parent company WNYC. The allegations reappeared after the correction of the “caliphate”.
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