Report Finds Tronc Underpaid POC and Women at LA Times
A report by the L.A. Times Guild analyzing newsroom salary data at the Los Angeles Times found that Tronc, the LAT’s parent company, has underpaid women and journalists of color by thousands of dollars a year, “suggesting systemic salary gaps by race and gender.” The report is based on pay data for roughly 320 full-time journalists in the paper’s collective bargaining unit, which includes reporters, photographers, copy editors, designers, and other newsroom workers. The Guild says the data does not include workers such as line editors or managers. The report finds that among unionized journalists of all ages and job titles, women and people of color make less than white men. On average, women of color in the LAT’s bargaining unit make less than 70 cents for every dollar earned by a white man. The average salary for people of color is $85,622, and the average for white reporters is $100,398. While the gaps can partly be explained by the fact that many of the most senior, best-paid journalists are white men, a detailed analysis conducted by the Guild also found “scores of individual women and journalists of color who, on average, make thousands of dollars less than white and male co-workers of similar ages and job titles.” The Guild requested this data from Tronc as part of the collective-bargaining process. See the full report here.