Diversity at the workplace has become somewhat of a necessity in the globalised world that we live in today, but it appears that the journalism industry could do a lot more to promote it than it is at the moment.
The journalism industry is still predominantly white male in various sectors, and despite certain steps being taken to promote journalists from more diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds, it is still far from enough.
In the field of sports journalism, the ratio of men to women is tilted heavily towards the former, with most reporters still predominantly white, causing frustration among several up and coming journalists who may not share the same characteristics.
It isn’t just the colour of skin however that is deciding who ends up at the very top of the industry, as class differences may also dictate who succeeds more in the journalism industry.
For the industry to survive and thrive, it is a necessity to have a more diverse workplace, with individuals from different backgrounds and underrepresented communities given opportunities to succeed based on their skill levels rather than any other criterion.
The need of the hour appears to be taking steps very soon to correct a dangerously one-dimensional industry.