NAHJ Drops ‘San Jose Mercury News’ From Diversity Program

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By: E&P Staff

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) said it is suspending its partnership with the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News in a newsroom diversity initiative, apparently because of how the MediaNews Group-owned daily handled recent staff cuts.

“More positive signs in the hiring and retention of journalists of color at the Mercury News that increase the diversity of its staffing and an improvement in its relationship with the local Latino community need to be undertaken,” NAHJ said in a statement. “Until that time this news organization will not be acknowledged as a partner in the Parity Project. When the Mercury News shows its commitment to newsroom staffing that reflects the diversity of its community and its active interaction with that community, NAHJ stands ready to resume our active partnership.”

Earlier this month, the Mercury News announced the layoff of 15 newsroom staffers, part of an elimination of 50 jobs acorss the newspaper by layoffs or buyouts.

MediaNews Group was an early supporter of the Parity Project, which was launched in 2003. The project works with English-language news organizations in communities with substantial Hispanic population and helps them recruit Hispanic journalists for openings and strengthen contacts with Hispanic community organizations and news sources.

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