As NLA diversity survey faces delays, journalists debate ways to increase participation


As the News Leaders Association grapples with data discrepancies and lack of participation in the 2021 edition of its annual diversity survey, journalists are discussing ways to increase participation in it and similar industry-wide surveys.

Since 1978, NLA and predecessor organization, American Society of News Editors, have collected demographic data from print and digital media outlets via annual surveys to assess the diversity of the news industry. NLA had sought to collect 2,500 responses this year, but last month, executive director Myriam Márquez told Nieman Lab that just 303 newsrooms had participated, sparking furor among journalists.

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