Less Than 1% of News Stories Written by Latinos

By Sara Inés Calderón, Mas Wired

A project from 4thEstate.net found that less than 1% - .9% - of front page print articles covering the 2012 presidential election were written by Latinos. Asian and African American reporters were represented in slightly higher numbers, but a whopping 93% of the stories were written by whites. And, we’d venture to say, the majority of those were written by men.

According to the project:

The most striking under-representation of minorities in our data is that of Hispanic journalists, considering the Hispanic population stands at approximately 16.3% of the U.S. population (according to the 2010 Census). At six point one percent (6.1%), The Miami Herald has the highest percentage of front page stories written by Hispanics.

This infographic goes a long way in explaining this phenomenon (view it in higher resolution here):