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    Publishers’ efforts to diversify their workforces slows in 2023, but heads of DEI point to progress

    It’s been over three years since the media industry’s white and male-dominant composition was put under a microscope. Since the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, publishers have appointed diversity, equity and inclusion leaders, expanded employee resource groups, led hundreds of DEI training sessions and committed to numerous goals to diversify their workforces.

    But almost four years later, some of those efforts — at least the more public ones — seem to have lost their steam. Media companies that were publishing their workforce diversity reports at a relatively regular, annual cadence delayed posting those reports on their sites, including BuzzFeed, NPR and the Los Angeles Times. 

    BuzzFeed published its diversity reports in October 2020, January 2022 and then not again until November 2023. NPR, which has released its past two reports in October, is not publishing its report with 2023 data until next January. The Los Angeles Times published a report in February 2021 and February 2022, but has not released a report publicly since then. Gannett typically publishes newsroom-level diversity data (including for USA Today) each year, but has yet to release the data for 2023.

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