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ESPN’s diverse workforce earns high praise

Company paces 2018 APSE Racial and Gender Report Card for media

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Richard E. Lapchick is the chair of the DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program at the University of Central Florida. Lapchick also directs UCF’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport and is the author of the annual Racial and Gender Report Card. He is the president the Institute for Sport and Social Justice. He has been a regular commentator for on issues of diversity in sport. Here is an excerpt from his article regarding the 2018 APSE Racial and Gender Report Card:

Among the most important things to note is the role played by ESPN in these key categories. ESPN formed a substantial part of the totals for women and people of color who were sports editors, assistant sport editors and columnists.

- Richard Lapchick

Through our Racial and Gender Report Cards, The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports (TIDES) studies the diversity of professional and college sport. However, our most recent report, the 2018 Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) Racial and Gender Report Card, evaluates the media and which stories they choose to cover and how these stories are told. Having diversity among staff in our media is critical to news being representative of our society and considerate of a diverse audience.

The sixth edition of the report was released Wednesday. The study evaluated more than 75 newspapers and websites and is intended to measure the changes in racial and gender hiring practices from the 2014 study.

Visit to learn more about the study.

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