Why counting bylines is important


Two years ago, I launched the Texas Writers Byline Scan, an independent, annual demographic survey of writers and bylines at Texas-based quarterly, bimonthly and monthly print magazines. In looking at writers’ racial identities, gender identities and locations, I hoped to answer a deceptively simple question: Who tells stories for and about Texas and Texans?

Byline tracking has been a consistently inconsistent practice among the advocacy groups, academics, writers and (less frequently) news outlets themselves who’ve turned the reporting lens around to examine newsroom and publication diversity — or more often, a lack thereof.

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