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Gannett, Courier Times and Intelligencer update efforts to ensure diversity

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The modern newsroom relies heavily on technology, but no component is more important than the diverse staff of a newsroom.

A little more than a year ago, I wrote about the necessity that the Bucks County Courier Times and The Intelligencer be more diverse and inclusive in every way possible, from the stories we covered to the people we hire.

I wrote that we would be transparent about how we were doing and would provide an annual update through our Gannett corporate resources.

I wrote that it would be a longer process and such change wouldn’t happen overnight.

We still have work to do. But we are putting one foot in front of the other on this journey.

For the Courier Times and The Intelligencer to succeed, we must have an inclusive and diverse workplace where employees are valued and feel empowered.

Shane Fitzgerald

We must build and sustain a workforce that is reflective of the diversity in the communities we serve. As part of our commitment to an inclusive culture, we are annually publishing the makeup of our newsroom staff. That same commitment is being carried out across the USA TODAY Network, which is made up of more than 260 local publications and USA TODAY. 

This information, a snapshot as of July 13, 2021, includes the gender and racial makeup of our news workforce and our coverage area, as well as for managers within our newsroom.

A diverse and inclusive workforce helps us better connect and serve you, our readers and our community partners.

The American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau asks two separate questions, one about Hispanic origin and one about race, allowing individuals to self-select from multiple options. However, to compare with internal Gannett employee information that asks individuals to mark only one option, we used the following categories: Hispanic or Latino (for ACS, regardless of any other race selected), White (not Hispanic or Latino), Black or African American (not Hispanic or Latino), Asian (not Hispanic or Latino), American Indian or Alaska Native (not Hispanic or Latino), Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (not Hispanic or Latino), or two or more races (not Hispanic or Latino). Gannett also allows an individual to not disclose their race or ethnicity.

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