Professor Wagner: Tech Industry Short on Diversity, Same with News Media

August 4, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “Even so, the numbers in the news media are better than those we see in most tech companies. Twitter’s diversity numbers from last year found that women made up 10 percent of tech jobs. And while Asians made up 34 percent of tech jobs at Twitter, Latinos and African Americans made up a total of 4 percent. Should tech companies look to news media companies for answers? Not necessarily. Most of the efforts over the decades to improve diversity in newsrooms haven’t budged the needle much. But we have new tools in hand, and with the common intersection of tech and media, working together might bring about a different result.” Venise Wagner, associate professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University, is the co-editor and co-author of “Reporting Inequality: Methods and Tools for Covering Race and Ethnicity,” to be released in 2017.