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WSJ staffers concerned paper is being run by white men

March 28, 2017

Posted by Chris Roush

WSJ 2017Reporters and editors at The Wall Street Journal have signed a letter to management expressing concern about the role of women and people of color in the newsroom, reports Nathan McAlone of Business Insider.

McAlone writes, “‘Diversity in the newsroom is good for business and good for our coverage,’ the letter, which was obtained by Business Insider, reads. ‘We would like to see the Journal undertake a more comprehensive, intentional and transparent approach to improving it.’

“The letter comes at a time of dissent at the Journal, when leadership has been internally criticized for being soft on President Trump, and over a year after the employees union published details of pay disparities in the newsroom.

“The letter is addressed to the Journal’s Editor in Chief Gerard Baker and his deputy Matt Murray. It was¬†signed by 160 staffers, one person told Business Insider, although this number couldn’t be independently verified. This person didn’t know when the letter was delivered, but said it was expected to handed to management on Tuesday morning.

“‘Our highest ranking female role model left the company earlier this year,’ the letter says, in reference to Rebecca Blumenstein, the 22-year Journal veteran who left for The New York Times in February. ‘There are currently four women and eight men listed as deputy managing editors, and both editorial page editors are men. Nearly all the people at high levels at the paper deciding what we cover and how are white men.'”

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