SOURCE: National Association of Black Journalists

National Association of Black Journalists

August 06, 2015 16:20 ET

Diverse Hiring Practices Earns BuzzFeed the Best Practices Award

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwired - August 06, 2015) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces that BuzzFeed received the organization's Best Practices Award. The honor was presented at the association's 40th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Minneapolis, MN the nation's largest annual gathering of minority journalists.

BuzzFeed is a social news and entertainment company that is redefining online advertising with its social, content-driven publishing technology. BuzzFeed provides the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment, and video across the social web to its global audience of more than 200M.

"The company's hiring practices have placed diversity at the forefront," said NABJ President Bob Butler. "NABJ applauds BuzzFeed for their effective and diverse hiring practices."

Along with in-depth Latino coverage BuzzFeed also excels at gender equity: The company employs 51.6 percent men overall, however 52.2 percent women are in editorial positions.

"While BuzzFeed has not yet reached its goal of having a staff with diversity that reflects its readership, they are to be commended for publicly valuing the importance of this goal, and for leading the way among digital outlets in taking seriously the need to expand the pipeline necessary to create such a newsroom," said Errin Haines Whack, Vice President-Print. "Their leadership has been a catalyst in diversity hiring in digital media, and NABJ is excited to celebrate and encourage that."

NABJ's National Awards recognize top media organizations and professionals for their print, broadcast, and online journalism work over the past year. Awards will be bestowed to top writers, columnists, producers, reporters, photojournalists and editors.

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide.

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