2005 Survey of Editors and News Directors


Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad, Renee Pelton and Robert A. Papper


The Dow Jones Newspaper Fund began surveying daily newspaper editors in 1970 to learn about their hiring activities–how many people they hired, how many of them were directly from the university, and how many of them had journalism degrees. The survey was a companion to the Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates, which was initiated by the Fund in 1964.

The Annual Survey of Journalism & Mass Communication Graduates and the Daily Newspaper Hiring Survey moved to the Ohio State University, beginning with the 1987 graduate survey. Both surveys moved to the University of Georgia in the autumn of 1997.

The Daily Newspaper Hiring Survey has been conducted in 1970, 1974, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005. In 1990, 2000 and 2005, a select number of comparable questions on hiring by news directors in television and radio newsrooms was added to the Radio-Television News Directors Association Women & Minorities Survey. In 1995, these same questions were included in a survey of
television news directors conducted at the Ohio State University as part of the SPJ Jane Pauley Taskforce
on Mass Communication Education.

The data from these surveys provide the data for this report.

Becker, L. B., Vlad, T., Pelton, R. and Papper, R. A. (2005, August). 2005 Survey of Editors and News Directors. This paper was presented at the conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in San Antonio, TX.

The copyrighted full report is available here.