It is biggest in percentage points in Brazil, which has a majority non-white population (52%) but only one (5%) non-white top editor in our sample. When looking at the relation between the number of non-white journalists and the percentage of non-white top editors relying on data from the Worlds of Journalism project (Hanitzsch et al. In Brazil, a third (34%) of journalists are non-white, but only one top editor in our sample is non-white (5%). In the US, the percentage of non-white journalists (9%) about match the percentage of non-white top editors in our sample (11%) (but both numbers are far below the percentage of non-whites in the general population, as we show below). South Africa is the only country where this is not the case, with 68% non-white top editors and 91% non-white population. It is striking here that in every single country covered, even in South Africa, which far outperforms the other four in terms of the racial diversity of top editors, the percentage of non-whites in the general population is much higher than it is among top editors. The diversity (or lack thereof) of top editors is thus symbolically important and likely to shape how news media are perceived by different parts of the public. The gap takes different forms in different countries. Our people need us all to be better leaders. Allsop, J., Ables, K., Southwood, D. 2018. Think about it like a gym teacher vs. a sports coach: The gym teacher teaches you the fundamentals of a sport, but the coach helps you to refine your game, teaches you the strategy and brings out your strengths in relation to the game. Going forward, I predict leaders are going to have to be much more than just someone who manages the workload, performance and development of their people. I believe this type of leadership is more important than ever, given our current business climate and people’s performance levels. National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. We focus on countries shaped at least in part through different histories of white imperialism and slavery. Newman, N., Fletcher, R., Kalogeropoulos, A., Nielsen R. K. 2019. While the US population has grown proportionally less white, US journalism has grown disproportionally more white. 2019). In this Reuters Institute's factsheet we have analysed the racial break-down of top editors at a strategic sample of 100 major online and offline news outlets in five different markets across four continents. “The harshest lesson perhaps out of all those learned in 2020 is that we need to listen more and be prepared to move quickly,” she says. In the four countries where data is available on the number of non-white journalists, there is no simple relation between the percentage of non-white journalists and the percentage of non-white top editors. The countries covered are thus very different. 2014). Emotional intelligence is the key to building and maintaining trust, high performance and ultimately loyalty from your employees. Conscious leadership is not a new thing. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism 2019. We refer to them collectively as the top editors. Forbes is a leading source for reliable news and updated analysis on Leadership. Where possible, we try to compare our findings to results on diversity in the journalistic profession (relying on Worlds of Journalism data) and in the wider population (relying on census data), but data is not always available and comparisons therefore are not always possible. If we set aside South Africa and look at the four other countries covered, 6% of the top editors are non-white, compared to, on average, 29% of the general population. As can be seen in Figure 4, the share of respondents who say that they read news from at least one major outlet with a non-white top editor ranges from 0% in Germany and the UK to 86% in South Africa. Only 23% of the top editors across the 200 major outlets in our sample are women, despite the fact that, on average, 40% of journalists in the ten markets are women. We examined whether mentors gain leadership … Conscious leadership is the key to helping our people and organizations thrive in the new normal we are all currently navigating. The exact terminology varies from country to country and organisation to organisation, but in most cases it is possible to identify a single person. 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If you ask questions that only reflect on the past, you are forcing your employees to relive the issue and turn their focus away from moving forward. We therefore deploy a simple and reductionist, but hopefully still illuminating and relevant, binary, and code each top editor as white or non-white. All individuals in the dataset were coded independently by the three authors (who come from different countries and have different racial identities), and all codes for Brazil and South Africa were double-checked with journalists from the two countries. The share of internet news users who say that they read news from at least one major outlet with a non-white top editor ranges from 0% in Germany and the UK to 86% in South Africa. There are a few skills that I believe are proving to be crucial for leaders through this evolution into a new normal: Emotional intelligence, or EQ, as it’s sometimes called, is one of the most important leadership skills I suggest leaders focus on developing and improving.