The Press: Protest at the Post

To match its liberal editorial policies, the Washington Post has always been a leader among metropolitan dailies in hiring blacks. The blacks on the paper include an editorial writer, a columnist, two assistant city editors, two cultural writers and 14 other reporters and photographers. Of its 393 newsroom employees, including copy boys, clerks and trainees, the Post claims a black representation of 40, or more than 10%. At the Los Angeles Times, four out of 437 editorial employees are black. Only 22 minority-group members (Spanish speaking, American Indian, Oriental and black) are among the 557 New York and Washington reporters, editors...

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