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'Don't use my skin for your diversity': Labor union blasts newsrooms for underpaying women and people of color

April 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - AUGUST 05: A GateHouse Media owned Palm Beach Post is seen for sale on August 05, 2019 in Palm Beach, Florida. GateHose Media announced an agreement to acquire Gannett Co. Inc, which would create the largest local news publishing organization in the U.S. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

NewsGuild, a labor union that represents thousands of journalists, released on Tuesday a small study of 14 unionized newsrooms owned by media conglomerate Gannett.

These are some of the personal testimonies published Tuesday by the NewsGuild, a labor union that represents thousands of journalists, in a small study of 14 unionized newsrooms owned by media conglomerate Gannett (GCI).

The study found women who worked at Gannett for least 30 years earned $27,026 less than the median pay for male colleagues with similar tenure.

Rebekah Sanders, a reporter at The Arizona Republic and chair of the newsroom's guild, told CNN Business that the data was from this past fall and said that there have not been major changes other than a buyout.

Sanders said that getting access to data to conduct a pay equity study was one of the reasons her newsroom unionized in 2019.

Her union and 13 others across Gannett decided last summer to team up on this one study so the data could be better anonymized for smaller newsrooms.

"Our goal in doing this report is not only to fix the pay disparities in our newspapers, but to spur Gannett to make change across the country's largest newspaper company. "

Sanders and other employees interviewed for the study criticized Gannett for committing to diversity improvements but not pay equity.

"We believe there's a serious problem when Gannett is making lots of admirable diversity pledges, but failing to address pay fairness," Sanders said.

A journalist at The Arizona Republic, who indicated they have more than a decade experience in the industry, anonymously shared for the study that they earn entry-level pay as a mid-career reporter.

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