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The Marshall Project: Diversity and Inclusion, 2020

01.06.2021

Our fourth annual diversity report. Read past years' reports: 2019, 2018 and 2017.

Every one of us at The Marshall Project believes that we cannot fulfill our mission unless we continue to build a staff, board and management team that is representative of this country, our multiple audiences and the communities most affected by the issues we cover. Our commitment to diversity extends to serving audiences often neglected or caricatured in news media, including the incarcerated, their families and others affected by the justice system.

2020 offered ample evidence of that need. We transformed overnight into an all-remote newsroom chronicling the devastating and unequal impact of COVID-19 on the incarcerated, correctional staff and communities of color, as well as the intensifying protests against police brutality and structural racism in the criminal justice system.

Here’s a brief update on our progress, though we recognize much work lies ahead:

Our Progress in 2020

The End-of-Year Numbers

The Marshall Project now uses EEOC race/ethnicity and gender reporting categories. In the charts some categories are abbreviated for space.

Race/Ethnicity: White (Not Hispanic or Latino); Black or African American (Not Hispanic or Latino); Hispanic or Latino; Native American or Alaska Native (Not Hispanic or Latino); Asian (Not Hispanic or Latino); and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (Not Hispanic or Latino); Two or More Races.

Gender: Nonbinary, Female, Male

The demographic survey of freelance photographers and illustrators used different categories. It had a 98% response rate for race and 87% for gender.

The Marshall Project has no employees who identify as Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

The percentages in the charts have been rounded and may not add up to 100.

The Marshall Project
Race/Ethnicity
Gender
The Newsroom
Race/Ethnicity
Gender
Business
Race/Ethnicity
Gender
Editors
Race/Ethnicity
Gender
Freelance photographers and illustrators
Race/Ethnicity
Gender
The Board
Race/Ethnicity
Gender