The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) has released the latest edition of the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) Racial and Gender Report Card, which evaluated over 100 newspapers and websites on their hiring of a diverse workforce. The results are stark.

APSE newspapers and websites received a C+ for racial hiring practices, and an F for gender. The combined grade for 2014 was a D, the lowest of all TIDES reports.

The report shows that in 2014, the vast majority of positions were filled by whites, including:

  • 5% of sports editors
  • 2% of assistant sports editors
  • 5% of columnists
  • 85% of reporters
  • 3% of copy editors and designers
  • In addition, the industry was heavily male-dominated:

  • 1% of sports editors
  • 2% of assistant sports editors
  • 6% of columnists
  • 4% of reporters
  • 8% of copy editors and designers
  • The full report can be read on

    “It remains important to have voices from different backgrounds in the media,” said Richard Lapchick, Ph.D., director of the institute. My primary recommendation to the APSE remains that it adopt a Ralph Wiley Rule, named after the late African-American writer. It would call for a diverse pool of candidates including people of color and women for each opening of these key positions.”

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