Giving Compass' Take:
- Hanaa' Tameez reports on pay inequity based on race and gender prevalent in 14 local newsrooms owned by Gannet, with pay disparities found to be dramatically lower in unionized newsrooms.
- How can companies with gender and race-based pay disparities be held accountable for these inequities? How can companies make strides to live up to their stated commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion?
- Read about Black Women’s Equal Pay Day.
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Women journalists and journalists of color aren’t paid as well as their white male counterparts in 14 Gannett newsrooms, and journalists in unionized newsrooms are paid better than those in non-unionized shops, according to a pay equity report published by NewsGuild Gannett Caucus on Tuesday.
The caucus requested salary and demographic data from Gannett for 14 newsrooms in various parts of the country and included anonymized data about 466 non-manager employees in the fall of 2020. Its analysis found that employees of color earned a median salary of $5,246 less than white employees, a 10% pay gap. Women of color earned a median salary of $15,727 less than white men, a 27% pay gap.
Women who have worked at newspapers currently owned by Gannett for at least 30 years earned $27,026 less than men in comparable positions.
“I think it’s criminal for Gannett or any other news organizations to have pay inequity based on gender or color while these same organizations expose and condemn other industries of doing the same,” a journalist for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune said in the report. “It’s the typical do as I say, not as I do.”
“I remember the punched-in-the-gut feeling I had the moment I learned that a young male reporter with just a few years of experience had nearly the exact same salary that I had, despite my two decades as a working journalist,” a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel journalist said.
The largest gender and racial pay gaps were at The Arizona Republic, the study found. There, women’s median salary was just 61% of what men made, costing “women nearly $30,000 in median yearly earnings.” The median salary for employees of color was just 63% of what white workers made.
Read the full article about pay inequity by Hanaa' Tameez at Nieman Lab.