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Twitter journalism and literature exploded on Tuesday after a user posted a 20-part discussion thread denouncing the lack of diversity among writers and editors at one of the country’s most vaunted publications, The New Yorker.
The statistics offered on the print magazine were superb: In the past 15 years, less than 0.01% of printed articles and critical pieces have been edited by a black publisher. More women were able to publish profiles in the magazine between 1925 and 1935 than between 1990 and 2000. And in the last 30 years, from 1990 to 2020, no film, fine art or classical music reviews have been published. was published by women or writers of color.
Many readers of this thread were surprised to find that it was written by a New Yorker insider: Erin Overbey, the magazine’s own archive editor. She started her thread: “Let’s talk about racism! Most white people in prestigious magazines never want to talk about race or diversity at all. Why ? This is mainly because they were allowed to exist in a world where their headers resemble member registers in Southern country clubs around 1950. ”
Let’s talk about racism! Most white people in prestigious magazines never want to talk about race or diversity at all. Why? This is mainly because they were allowed to exist in a world where their headers resemble the records of Southern country club members circa 1950.
– Erin Overbey (@erinoverbey) September 14, 2021
Overbey did not immediately respond to NPR’s request for an interview on Wednesday.
In his thread, Overbey pointed out that the magazine’s website “has, over the past 5 years, published an impressive array of diverse signatures, easily eclipsing the print magazine in terms of representation and inclusiveness.”
Michael Luo, editor of The New Yorkerweb offerings, turned to Twitter itself for to respond to the discoveries of Overbey. In his own multi-part discussion thread, Luo wrote: “We have more than doubled the size of the magazine’s digital operation since I came on board in 2016, and POC’s percentage of hires has been very high. , very high. It’s worth looking. Who we have called upon as Editors, Editors and Contributing Editors over the past few years. This is an incredibly talented and diverse roster. It is a top priority in any company, and this is reflected in department after department. (An obvious example: our fact-checking department, which has grown considerably.) “
Fact checkers are not credited on the magazine’s letterhead. In June, fact-checkers were among union members who quit their jobs for a day because of wages and other pay issues at The New Yorker. The union has reached an agreement that will increase the base salary to The New Yorker and other media owned by Conde Nast at $ 60,000 by April 2023.
In a comment sent yesterday to new York magazine, spokesperson for The New Yorker wrote: “We have worked hard for years to increase the number of under-represented voices at The New Yorker, and we’ve made significant strides – among our writers, in senior writing positions, and across the company. Almost 40% of new recruits at Condé Nast come from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. While we don’t believe these tweets present a complete or fair picture of The New Yorker and its continuous efforts, there is always more work to be done, and we look forward to doing it. ”
A public radio show and podcast titled New York Radio Time, hosted by New Yorker editor David Remnick, is heard on many NPR member stations across the country. It is produced by The New Yorker and WNYC Studios, a subsidiary of New York Public Radio.