Nearly half of the employees at The New York Times fear saying “what they really think,” according to an internal survey this December.
“Although the majority of us feel well-informed, many indicated that differing viewpoints aren’t sought or valued in our work,” a Times’ internal assessment of the survey data, the New York Post reported. “Relatedly, we saw some negative responses on whether there’s a free exchange of views in the company, and scored below the benchmark on this question.”
Employees were asked to respond to this statement:
“There is a free exchange of views in this company; people are not afraid to say what they really think.”
But only 51% of Times employees agreed with the statement, which is 10% lower than the “benchmark,” which is the average of similar companies, per the report.
“There is a group of younger reporters and a fair number of tech people and people on the audio side who do not come out of the tradition of journalism at the Times,” former Times business reporter Alex Berenson told the Post.
“They see their role as to be more active,” he continued, adding “there’s a lot of anguish among older people” about younger, woke staff.
Also in the survey, 74% of Times staffers believe the paper accepts and embraces ethnicity/race differences, a 10% decline from the 2019 results, per the report.
“We saw steep declines in answers about leaders and colleagues accepting and embracing differences in race, gender, identity, and religion,” the Times assessed, per the Post. “Responses from Black and Latino colleagues declined at an even greater rate.”
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