A study conducted by Lawrence Herbert School of Communication of Hofstra University and Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) found that the number of people of color in radio newsrooms in the U.S. is at the highest level in more than 20 years. The number of diverse news directors is also at its highest level in five years. The number of women likewise increased from 34.3% to 44.4% in 2019.
The findings also reveal that local radio management has become more diverse, with the percentage of women managers increasing significantly.
According to RTDNA executive director Dan Shelley, the figures from the study is a cause both for a celebration and a call to action. The industry still needs to ensure that its workforce reflects the diversity of the U.S. population.