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Press ranked 7th in state in percent of minority journalists

April 11, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL

Staff Writer

The Imperial Valley Press ranked seventh among daily newspapers in California in percentage of minority journalists in 2001, a survey states.

The ranking was part of a survey released this week by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, which reported the percentage of minority journalists at daily newspapers rose while the number of newsroom employees dropped.

Fifty-nine daily newspapers in California were surveyed, although not all daily newspapers responded. The San Diego Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times are not included in the survey results.


The survey shows the number of Latino and Native American journalists rose across the country but the number of Asian American, African American and women dropped.

Latinos made up an average of 3.86 percent of newsroom employees in the U.S. Newsroom employee numbers including reporters, photographers, copy editors and supervisors.

Daily newspapers with the most minorities in California are:

· The Daily Democrat, Woodland, 50 percent

· The Californian, Salinas, 43.5 percent

· The Porterville Reporter, 35.7 percent

· The Hanford Sentinel, 33.3 percent

· Free Lance, Hollister, 33.3 percent

· The San Jose Mercury News, 31.7 percent

· Imperial Valley Press, 30 percent

Complete survey results are on the Web at

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