Sports Journalism Institute

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Diversity lags in sports

The 2012 Associated Press Racial and Gender Report Card showed some improvement at the 150 websites and newspapers, according to a study released last week.

Still, the report released every two years by the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports again gave the members of APSE a failing grade for their gender hiring practices. This is the fourth report that’s been done on APSE since 2006. Overall, it said, sports departments continued to still be led mostly by white men.

In 2012 there were 90.9 percent of sports editors, 86.6 percent of assistant sports editors, 83.9 percent of columnists, 86.3 percent of reporters and 86 percent of copy editors/designers that were white. Those numbers were 96.9, 85.4, 85.6, 85.6 and 90.1, respectively, in 2010.