Comparing the racial diversity of the journalists
at America's daily newspapers
with the communities that they serve
Newsroom diversity report for
NewsTribune, La Salle
La Salle, Illinois
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 5.3
2003 Did not report
2002 0.0
2001 7.1
2000 Did not report
1999 Did not report
1998 Did not report
1997 0.0
1996 5.3
1995 4.3
1994 0.0
1993 Did not report
1992 Did not report
1991 Did not report
1990 Did not report
The latest year at peak is 2001
See the notes and definitions section below for the sources of these figures.
Newsroom Diversity Index
for NewsTribune, La Salle
Year Non-white % of newsroom staff Non-white % of circulation area Newsroom Diversity Index (parity=100)
2005 0.0 7.7 0
2004 5.3 7.7 69
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.)
See the notes and definitions section below for the sources of these figures.
Peer group comparison
for NewsTribune, La Salle
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 The Herald, Sharon, Pennsylvania, with a 8 percent non-white staff in a community that is 7.3 percent non-white. Its index is 110.
FYI, in circulation, this newspaper's average weekday circulation of
approximately 17,673 ranks 535 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 NewsTribune, La Salle
Circulation area
Race/ethnicity % of population Number of residents
Hispanic 5.9 4,868
Black 0.4 358
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.6 457
Native-American 0.2 127
Other non-white 0.0 28
Multi-racial 0.6 528
  Non-white 7.7 6,366
White 92.3 76,146
Total 82,512
Home county:  La Salle
Race/ethnicity % of population Number of residents
Hispanic 5.2 5,791
Black 1.5 1,687
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.5 600
Native-American 0.1 142
Other non-white 0.1 55
Multi-racial 0.7 790
  Non-white 8.1 9,065
White 91.9 102,444
Total 111,509
The home county of this newspaper is La Salle.
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
NewsTribune, La Salle
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
61354 / Peru / IL / 4.2 mi. 3,484 4,418 78.9 $38,080 6.1 4.0 0.3 0.1 1.2
61301 / La Salle / IL / 0 mi. 3,112 4,435 70.2 $33,333 10.5 7.8 1.2 0.1 0.5
61342 / Mendota / IL / 10.3 mi. 1,736 3,465 50.1 $42,118 17.0 15.2 0.4 0.2 0.7
61362 / Spring Valley / IL / 7.5 mi. 1,641 2,324 70.6 $39,014 8.9 6.6 0.7 0.2 0.5
61356 / Princeton / IL / 15.9 mi. 1,448 4,693 30.9 $41,330 4.3 2.2 0.3 0.2 1.1
61348 / Oglesby / IL / 8.3 mi. 1,363 1,895 71.9 $36,765 3.8 2.5 0.4 0.1 0.3
61326 / Granville / IL / 11.3 mi. 598 967 61.8 $43,295 4.8 3.5 0.3 0.0 0.3
61373 / Utica / IL / 5.3 mi. 454 776 58.5 $49,688 3.4 1.9 0.2 0.1 0.2
61329 / Ladd / IL / 6.2 mi. 389 563 69.1 $41,213 3.9 3.6 0.1 0.0 0.1
61370 / Tonica / IL / 12.3 mi. 357 563 63.4 $42,868 4.2 2.7 0.3 0.2 0.3
61330 / La Moille / IL / 15.6 mi. 312 583 53.5 $39,432 4.5 3.8 0.2 0.0 0.0
61327 / Hennepin / IL / 16 mi. 275 465 59.1 $50,170 5.4 2.4 1.3 0.8 0.5
61322 / Depue / IL / 11.6 mi. 251 603 41.6 $32,743 48.5 47.1 0.0 0.3 0.2
61320 / Dalzell / IL / 6.4 mi. 190 289 65.7 $49,135 1.8 1.2 0.1 0.0 0.0
60518 / Earlville / IL / 17.1 mi. 189 1,344 14.1 $46,429 4.3 2.7 0.1 0.4 0.1
61350 / Ottawa / IL / 12.1 mi. 187 9,731 1.9 $39,228 7.3 4.5 1.1 0.1 0.8
61334 / Lostant / IL / 17.2 mi. 181 306 59.2 $42,054 2.0 0.8 0.1 0.0 0.1
61368 / Tiskilwa / IL / 23 mi. 166 571 29.1 $39,224 2.6 0.8 0.1 0.2 0.3
61335 / Mc Nabb / IL / 17 mi. 162 236 68.6 $45,781 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
61379 / Wyanet / IL / 24.8 mi. 150 548 27.4 $40,208 0.9 0.4 0.0 0.2 0.2
61349 / Ohio / IL / 21.2 mi. 137 414 33.1 $43,906 2.5 1.5 0.4 0.0 0.1
61317 / Cherry / IL / 6.3 mi. 131 135 97.0 $46,964 3.1 1.9 0.0 0.6 0.6
61537 / Henry / IL / 26.8 mi. 124 1,262 9.8 $41,192 2.6 0.7 0.5 0.2 0.2
61377 / Wenona / IL / 23.3 mi. 109 568 19.2 $37,647 2.9 1.2 0.3 0.3 0.1
61312 / Arlington / IL / 7.5 mi. 105 283 37.1 $38,750 3.4 1.8 0.1 0.3 0.3
61340 / Mark / IL / 12.1 mi. 102 130 78.5 $42,188 6.1 6.1 0.0 0.0 0.0
61367 / Sublette / IL / 18.2 mi. 95 388 24.5 $39,167 4.4 3.0 0.8 0.1 0.0
61375 / Varna / IL / 26.8 mi. 89 498 17.9 $43,438 2.4 1.2 0.0 0.2 0.2
61336 / Magnolia / IL / 20.4 mi. 88 246 35.8 $47,500 4.4 1.2 1.8 0.5 0.3
61359 / Seatonville / IL / 9.6 mi. 86 115 74.8 $31,094 8.4 7.0 0.0 0.0 1.5
61560 / Putnam / IL / 23.2 mi. 86 294 29.3 $46,917 4.5 3.1 0.4 0.0 0.1
61316 / Cedar Point / IL / 9.2 mi. 75 112 67.0 $42,500 2.8 0.8 1.6 0.0 0.0
61318 / Compton / IL / 21.1 mi. 73 279 26.2 $35,500 2.8 2.4 0.0 0.0 0.3
61337 / Malden / IL / 13.6 mi. 65 177 36.7 $43,625 3.8 2.3 0.6 0.2 0.0
61363 / Standard / IL / 10.5 mi. 64 120 53.3 $36,389 5.2 3.7 0.0 0.0 0.0
61376 / Walnut / IL / 27.9 mi. 62 862 7.2 $42,989 2.0 1.2 0.3 0.0 0.0
61378 / West Brooklyn / IL / 23.2 mi. 46 202 22.8 $41,944 3.9 2.8 0.0 0.0 0.2
61372 / Troy Grove / IL / 5 mi. 45 37 121.6 $45,938 15.8 14.2 0.0 0.0 1.7
61315 / Bureau / IL / 15.8 mi. 38 94 40.4 $42,083 9.9 9.5 0.0 0.0 0.0
61332 / Leonore / IL / 17.3 mi. 35 15 233.3 $48,125 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
61338 / Manlius / IL / 30 mi. 31 156 19.9 $38,393 4.5 3.5 0.3 0.8 0.0
61364 / Streator / IL / 23.6 mi. 30 8,315 0.4 $35,375 8.1 5.4 1.4 0.1 0.4
61369 / Toluca / IL / 27 mi. 29 706 4.1 $39,205 2.8 1.8 0.1 0.1 0.3
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