Twenty two percent of Latino journalists say they are considering leaving the journalism profession, national survey shows


Miami – July 18, 2018 – Latino journalists are dissatisfied with their current salaries, limited options to increase them and a lack of opportunities for training and promotion in the nation’s newsrooms, according to a study conducted by University of Texas at El Paso researchers and NAHJ.

As a result, 22 percent of the respondents said they are considering leaving the journalism profession because of their dissatisfaction, the survey showed. While more than 40 percent of the respondents said they intend to remain in the profession, another 32 percent are not sure.

“The results reinforce our suspicion that Latino journalists are frustrated and stymied by the lack of opportunities for professional growth,” said Zita Arocha, one of the authors of the study and an associate professor of practice at the University of Texas at El Paso. “It’s alarming that so many say they plan to leave the profession in five years when the industry is in dire need of more Latinos in leadership and editorial positions to ensure proper coverage of Hispanic issues, especially politics and immigration.”

Related: Remarks on Latino journalist survey to NAHJ board of directors

NAHJ President Brandon Benavides said he’s concerned many Latino journalists aren’t sure if they will continue in the profession over the long haul, and are not satisfied with promotion and leadership opportunities in their workplaces. With the disadvantages that Latino journalists face in their goals for career development, it’s no surprise that many are considering leaving the journalism profession because they feel they are undervalued and without equal opportunity to succeed.

One solution to this effect is providing and promoting more support for the development and advancement of Latino journalists. “The news industry needs to step up to address the serious issues of retention and promotion if they are truly committed to newsrooms that reflect the nation’s 21st century demographic,” Benavides said. The scarcity of Latino leadership in the journalism world is due to several factors, not least of which is a dearth in promotional advances.

The national survey, released today at the Knight Foundation, also showed 61 percent of the respondents said they were dissatisfied with their white non-Latino supervisors’ contributions to achieving better coverage of the Latino Community.

More than 230 Latino journalists responded to the online survey voluntarily and anonymously between Sept. 1, 2017 and Jan. 15, 2018. Fifty seven percent of respondents were women; 61 percent work for legacy media and 33 percent work for Latino-oriented media.

Interestingly, 81 percent of respondents agreed that Latino editors contribute to better coverage of the Latino community; and 66 percent said they are satisfied with working under Latino supervisors.

Co-authors of the study are: Maria de los Ángeles Flores, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication, and Federico Subervi, Ph.D., visiting professor of the School of Media & Communication at University of Leeds, UK. Dino Chiecchi, UTEP associate professor of practice and former NAHJ President, was a significant contributor to the project.

Funding for this study came from UTEP through The University Research Institute with support from NAHJ and the Scripps Howard Foundation.

You can see the Powerpoint Presentation here:

NAHJ LatinoSurveyPowerpoint 07-18-2018


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