Comparing the racial diversity of the journalists
at America's daily newspapers
with the communities that they serve
Newsroom diversity report for
Mattoon Journal Gazette/Charleston Times-Courier
Mattoon, Illinois
Owner: Lee Enterprises (Iowa)
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 0.0
2004 0.0
2003 Did not report
2002 Did not report
2001 Did not report
2000 0.0
1999 0.0
1998 0.0
1997 Did not report
1996 Did not report
1995 0.0
1994 3.8
1993 Did not report
1992 0.0
1991 Did not report
1990 Did not report
The latest year at peak is 1994
See the notes and definitions section below for the sources of these figures.
Newsroom Diversity Index
for Mattoon Journal Gazette/Charleston Times-Courier
Year Non-white % of newsroom staff Non-white % of circulation area Newsroom Diversity Index (parity=100)
2005 0.0 4.3 0
2004 0.0 4.3 0
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, Lee Enterprises (Iowa),
has a companywide, circulation-weighted Diversity Index of 47.
See the notes and definitions section below for the sources of these figures.
Peer group comparison
for Mattoon Journal Gazette/Charleston Times-Courier
This newspaper's Newsroom Diversity Index is 0. This paper
Peer group
Compare that with 33, which is the median Diversity Index for all newspapers
reporting in this circulation category of 10,001 to 25,000 daily sales.
In that group, this newspaper's Diversity Index ranks 159 out of 259
newspapers reporting in the category of 10,001 to 25,000 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 Clinton Herald, Iowa, with a 10 percent non-white staff in a community that is 4.4 percent non-white. Its index is 226.
FYI, in circulation, this newspaper's average weekday circulation of
approximately 17,942 ranks 526 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 Mattoon Journal Gazette/Charleston Times-Courier
Circulation area
Race/ethnicity % of population Number of residents
Hispanic 1.6 1,468
Black 1.4 1,281
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.5 497
Native-American 0.2 147
Other non-white 0.0 40
Multi-racial 0.6 575
  Non-white 4.3 4,008
White 95.7 88,339
Total 92,347
Home county:  Coles
Race/ethnicity % of population Number of residents
Hispanic 1.4 737
Black 2.3 1,208
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.8 434
Native-American 0.2 93
Other non-white 0.1 34
Multi-racial 0.7 392
  Non-white 5.5 2,898
White 94.6 50,298
Total 53,196
The home county of this newspaper is Coles.
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: ZIP Code circulation data, Audit Bureau of Circulations, latest available. 
  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.
      
Demographics of ZIP Codes
where sales were reported by
Mattoon Journal Gazette/Charleston Times-Courier
Note that some ZIP Codes listed here may not have been included in determining the newspaper's circulation area. In calculating the Diversity Index, a
ZIP Code was included only if the household penetration was at least 10 percent. Any lower-penetration ZIP Codes are also listed here for your information.
Also, if the newspaper reported more than 300 ZIP Codes, only the top 300 in weekday sales are listed here.
ZIP / City / State / Approx. distance in miles from the newspaper's home office Weekday sales Households Penetration % (daily sales per 100 households) Median household income Non-white
% of
population
Hispanic
% of
population
Black
% of
population
Native
% of
population
Asian
% of
population
61938 / Mattoon / IL / 0 mi. 6,384 9,617 66.4 $34,437 3.9 1.2 1.3 0.2 0.5
61920 / Charleston / IL / 11.6 mi. 4,514 9,035 50.0 $28,034 7.7 1.7 3.7 0.2 1.3
61951 / Sullivan / IL / 12 mi. 710 2,808 25.3 $39,528 1.5 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.1
62447 / Neoga / IL / 14 mi. 693 1,380 50.2 $41,767 1.9 0.8 0.2 0.3 0.2
62428 / Greenup / IL / 24.3 mi. 554 1,335 41.5 $32,370 1.2 0.4 0.1 0.2 0.1
62420 / Casey / IL / 24.7 mi. 548 2,053 26.7 $34,368 1.5 0.2 0.3 0.1 0.0
61910 / Arcola / IL / 14.2 mi. 501 1,498 33.4 $39,794 14.4 12.9 0.3 0.1 0.5
62468 / Toledo / IL / 16.8 mi. 484 998 48.5 $32,411 1.7 0.7 0.0 0.2 0.1
61957 / Windsor / IL / 11.9 mi. 421 737 57.1 $37,353 0.9 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.1
61943 / Oakland / IL / 21.1 mi. 389 714 54.5 $34,184 2.2 1.0 0.6 0.0 0.1
61911 / Arthur / IL / 13.7 mi. 342 1,395 24.5 $38,789 1.0 0.6 0.0 0.2 0.1
61912 / Ashmore / IL / 18.5 mi. 312 545 57.2 $39,784 2.6 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.9
61931 / Humboldt / IL / 7.7 mi. 237 462 51.3 $35,833 2.4 2.2 0.0 0.1 0.0
62440 / Lerna / IL / 11.3 mi. 214 544 39.3 $39,750 1.5 0.4 0.4 0.1 0.3
61933 / Kansas / IL / 24.7 mi. 196 528 37.1 $30,526 2.0 1.1 0.2 0.3 0.2
62474 / Westfield / IL / 18.2 mi. 181 371 48.8 $35,000 2.0 0.2 0.3 0.8 0.2
61928 / Gays / IL / 8.3 mi. 153 338 45.3 $44,643 1.5 0.4 0.5 0.0 0.6
61930 / Hindsboro / IL / 18.3 mi. 121 231 52.4 $37,500 2.8 2.3 0.0 0.0 0.2
62565 / Shelbyville / IL / 24.1 mi. 114 3,198 3.6 $36,987 1.6 0.7 0.1 0.1 0.3
62442 / Martinsville / IL / 32.9 mi. 86 1,052 8.2 $34,441 0.7 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1
62469 / Trilla / IL / 8.5 mi. 85 120 70.8 $40,375 0.6 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.0
62463 / Stewardson / IL / 20.9 mi. 61 553 11.0 $38,438 0.7 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.1
62465 / Strasburg / IL / 16.3 mi. 60 340 17.6 $43,500 1.0 0.1 0.8 0.0 0.0
62534 / Findlay / IL / 20.3 mi. 49 500 9.8 $34,408 2.1 0.7 0.7 0.5 0.2
62436 / Jewett / IL / 22.2 mi. 39 208 18.8 $39,375 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
61914 / Bethany / IL / 22.9 mi. 37 750 4.9 $39,762 1.1 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.1
61937 / Lovington / IL / 20.4 mi. 33 996 3.3 $40,125 1.2 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.2
61917 / Brocton / IL / 27.9 mi. 27 268 10.1 $33,333 1.1 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.2
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