Comparing the racial diversity of the journalists
at America's daily newspapers
with the communities that they serve
Newsroom diversity report for
Cordele Dispatch
Cordele, Georgia
Owner: Community Newspaper Holdings (Ala.)
From a report for the Knight Foundation
by Bill Dedman and Stephen K. Doig, June 2005
Click here to read the national report or to select another newspaper
Year Non-white % of newsroom staff
2005 9.1
2004 Did not report
2003 Did not report
2002 Did not report
2001 0.0
2000 Did not report
1999 Did not report
1998 Did not report
1997 Did not report
1996 16.7
1995 0.0
1994 0.0
1993 0.0
1992 0.0
1991 0.0
1990 Did not report
The latest year at peak is 1996
See the notes and definitions section below for the sources of these figures.
Newsroom Diversity Index
for Cordele Dispatch
Year Non-white % of newsroom staff Non-white % of circulation area Newsroom Diversity Index (parity=100)
2005 9.1 46.5 20
2004 N/A 46.5 N/A
How the index is calculated
The Newsroom Diversity Index is the non-white percentage of the newsroom staff
divided by the non-white percentage of residents in the circulation area.
(Parity = 100.)
Company index
This newspaper's owner, Community Newspaper Holdings (Ala.),
has a companywide, circulation-weighted Diversity Index of 41.
See the notes and definitions section below for the sources of these figures.
Peer group comparison
for Cordele Dispatch
This newspaper's Newsroom Diversity Index is 20. This paper
Peer group
Compare that with 0, which is the median Diversity Index for all newspapers
reporting in this circulation category of 5,000 and fewer daily sales.
In that group, this newspaper's Diversity Index ranks 32 out of 132
newspapers reporting in the category of 5,000 and fewer daily sales.
An example of a newspaper of similar circulation, in an area of similar level of non-white residents, but one that has a relatively high Diversity Index, is St. Mary and Franklin Banner-Tribune, Louisiana, with a 66.7 percent non-white staff in a community that is 52.9 percent non-white. Its index is 126.
FYI, in circulation, this newspaper's average weekday circulation of
approximately 4,590 ranks 1193 out of 1,410 daily newspapers in the US.
See the notes and definitions section below for the sources of these figures.
Details on race/ethnicity
in the circulation area
and the home county
of Cordele Dispatch
Circulation area
Race/ethnicity % of population Number of residents
Hispanic 1.7 382
Black 43.2 9,511
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.7 155
Native-American 0.1 28
Other non-white 0.1 17
Multi-racial 0.6 125
  Non-white 46.5 10,218
White 53.6 11,778
Total 21,996
Home county:  Crisp
Race/ethnicity % of population Number of residents
Hispanic 1.7 382
Black 43.2 9,511
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.7 155
Native-American 0.1 28
Other non-white 0.1 17
Multi-racial 0.6 125
  Non-white 46.5 10,218
White 53.6 11,778
Total 21,996
For this newspaper the home county was used as the circulation area. That county is Crisp.
About this report
This third annual report for the Knight Foundation adds context to an annual survey by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. ASNE has set a goal that
every newspaper, to help it know its community and gather the news, should employ at least one non-white journalist, and that newspapers should strive to
employ non-whites in proportion to their share of the community. ASNE's report, at www.asne.org, shows each newspaper's non-white employment, but does
not disclose how closely that employment mirrors the newspaper's circulation area.
That gap is filled by the report you are reading now. This report was not done by ASNE, but was done for the Knight Foundation by Bill Dedman and 
Stephen K. Doig. It shows how close each newspaper is to ASNE's goal, by comparing the newsroom staffing with the circulation area population.
The full report is at www.powerreporting.com/knight.
Notes and definitions
  1. The Newsroom Diversity Index is the non-white percentage of the newsroom staff divided by the non-white percentage of the circulation area's residents. Parity = 100.
  2. Source for staffing: Survey by American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 2005. Newspapers report non-white staff as of the end of the previous year.
  3. Following ASNE's definition, newsroom staff includes only supervisors, reporters, editors, copy/layout editors and photographers.
  4. Also following ASNE's definition, "whites," "blacks," etc., exclude Hispanics, who are counted in a separate category.
  5. Source for boundaries of this newspaper's circulation area: Newspaper's home county. 
  6. A paper may define its circulation area differently for marketing efforts, or news coverage, or to set advertising rates.
  7. If ZIP Codes or counties are used, this report applies a threshold: 10 percent household penetration is required to include an area in the circulation area.
  8. Source for the demographics of residents of that circulation area: US Census 2000.
  9. Source for total circulation: Editor & Publisher magazine, Monday-Friday average at year-end 2004.
 10. Staff of non-English publications, such as the Miami Herald's El Nuevo Herald, are excluded from the ASNE staffing survey for the first time this year.
      
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