93% of Front-Page Election News Stories are Written by White Reporters [Infographic]

Issues pertaining to race have been constant in the 2012 election news coverage, but almost all the people covering those stories have been white.

By Jorge Rivas Oct 25, 2012

The latest infographic from [4th Estate](http://www.4thestate.net/bleached-lack-of-diversity-in-newsroom-front-page-election-coverage/) shows that over 93% of front page print articles, covering the 2012 Presidential Election, were written by white reporters. The percentage of articles written by Asian American reporters is 3.3%, by black reporters is 2.9%, and Latino reporters is 0.7%. (Full infographic below.) The Dallas Morning News stands out as an exception where 18.8% of their front page stories were written by black reporters, according to 4th Estate. At three percent (3%), The New York Times has the highest percentage of front page stories written by Latinos. The Boston Globe had the highest percentage of front page articles written by Asian Americans at 11.5%. "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)," the[ 4th Estate study noted. ](http://www.4thestate.net/bleached-lack-of-diversity-in-newsroom-front-page-election-coverage/) Latinos are the fastest-growing and second largest population group in the United States. [According to projections from the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund](http://www.naleo.org/latinovote.html), more than 12.2 million Latino voters are expected to cast ballots on Election Day, an increase of 26 percent from 2008. [Earlier this week President Obama acknowledge Latinos are a huge factor in the 2012 election.](http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/10/off_the_record_obama_tells_reporter_if_i_win_it_will_be_because_gop_alienated_latinos.html) "Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community," Obama told the Des Moines Register. (h/t [The Atlantic](http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/10/infographic-the-enormous-racial-gap-in-political-reporting/264080/#))