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March 08, 2011

PRSA Chair on Increasing Diversity Within the Media Industry — PBS MediaShift Op-Ed

PRSA had an op-ed published March 8, 2011, in PBS MediaShift. Authored by PRSA Chair and CEO Rosanna Fiske, APR (@Fiskey), the opinion piece comments on the need for a more diverse executive suite within the media industry to prepare for the challenges and financial opportunities of a modern and diverse America.

Why Are Hispanics Missing in Leadership at Media Companies?
Rosanna M. Fiske, APR
PBS MediaShift
Published: March 8, 2011

Fifty million people. One trillion dollars in buying power. Ad spending up 164% since 2001 to $3.88 billion. Hundreds of Spanish-language TV stations across the U.S.
Those eye-catching numbers represent the immense, and largely untapped, scale and wealth of the Hispanic-American media market. Put into greater perspective, if Hispanic-Americans comprised their own country, it would be the fifth-largest, by population, in the European Union. And this demographic is growing -- rapidly.
Despite these figures, one component is still missing in the media industry's quest for greater diversity: Hispanic leadership in the executive suite at media companies.
As a Hispanic-American executive, who also happens to be female, I have seen first-hand the immense growth and impact diversity is having on the American economy and culture. Media executives, marketers, communicators, lawmakers and all of America are hurtling into an era where the business and marketing of diversity -- particularly the Hispanic-American market -- will be at the forefront of the American conscience.

Read the rest of the op-ed here.
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