2000 Survey of Editors and News Directors


Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad, Robert A. Papper and Michael Gerhard


Beginning in 1970, the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund began surveying daily newspaper editors 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 moved from the Newspaper Fund to the Ohio State University, beginning with the 1987 graduate survey. The Daily Newspaper Hiring Survey moved with it. 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 and 2000. In 1990 and again in 2000, 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.

Becker, L. B., Vlad, T., Papper, R. A., and Gerhard, M. (2000, August). 2000 Survey of Editors and News Directors. This paper was presented at the conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, AZ.

The copyrighted full report is available here.