Friday, April 23, 2004

By the numbers

The American Society of Newspaper Editors has released its Newsroom Employment Survey for 2003. The data includes (yes, includes!) a breakup of sex by profession, including copy and layout editors.

It says there are 10,708 people working on copy and layout desks in the United States. Of these, 59.0 percent are men, 41.0 percent are women.

The gender gap is less egregious for copy editors than for any other group. Percentages of women:
Copy/Layout editors: 41.0 percent
Reporters: 39.5 percent
Supervisors: 33.4 percent
Photographers: 25.9 percent
Though copy editors make strides in the gender gap, they fall short in diversity. Only 11.3 percent are minorities, a lower percentage than any other category, save supervisors. The best? Photographers, at 15.9 percent.

Find out more:
>Tables from the 2003 Newsroom Employment Survey
>Minority newsroom employment inches up in 2003 [ASNE]
>No News in Newsroom Census: Gender Gap Persists [Women's eNews]


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