Why the Caller-Times newsroom made a diversity pledge

The Caller-Times' mural, "Endless Sunset: The Colors of Our City."

Oh, how time flies!

One year ago the Caller-Times joined more than 260 local publications and USA TODAY in making a diversity pledge to show our commitment to be more reflective of the diversity of our communities. 

Part of our pledge includes being transparent about the makeup of our evolving newsrooms through the annual release of the results of a diversity survey.

Here’s what you should know:

Census estimates show that Hispanics account for 63.4% of the population of Corpus Christi and the surrounding area we cover in South Texas. Women also slightly outnumber men – 50.2% to 49.8%.

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Mary Ann Cavazos Beckett (from left), News Director for the Caller-Times, Tim Archuleta, editor, Chris Ramirez, metro editor, Kirsten Crow, investigative reporter, and Beatrice Alvarado, education reporter, participate in a video conference call celebrating the Pulitzer Prize wins by the USA Today on Monday, April 16, 2018.

How diverse is the Caller-Times newsroom?

Last year, the Caller-Times newsroom was among the few of its size in the network that stood out because of its level of diversity. 

This year, the numbers reflect that our staff diversity has slightly dipped. Our newsroom has about 38% percent of our staff that is Hispanic while the majority are white.  We employ an even 50/50 split of women and men, which is reflective of the nearly even split in the Corpus Christi area.

Our management team also is a 50/50 mix of Hispanics and whites. 

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