between the ages of 26 and 35. And this group is still predominantly clustered on the coasts. As noted in the release:
Just over half of respondents from the U.S. were from Los Angeles, New York, or DC metropolitan areas (51 percent). Responses between metro markets and the rest of the U.S. sometimes differed significantly. Some major differences included: 26 percent of respondents from outside metro areas reported working remotely 5 days a week compared to 9 percent in metro areas. In responding to the biggest challenge facing their team, there was an 18 point gap, with 46 percent of respondents outside of metro areas citing it as a challenge that they do not have editors qualified to supervise tech work and 28 percent of respondents in metro areas citing that. Citing lack of budget as a challenge was a 24-point gap, with 44 percent of respondents outside of metro areas citing it and 20 percent in metro areas citing it.Respondents were also asked whether, “based on [their] own assessment,” they’d been “treated unfairly or been the target of micro-aggressions or direct harassment.” 151 people answered; 70 percent of those who said they’d been harassed were women. This survey was conducted in the summer of 2017, before the recent explosion of sexual harassment allegations in the news, and I’m cautious about reading too much into it — as is Erika Owens, deputy director of OpenNews, who said that caution was one reason OpenNews didn’t make the harassment data a topline result of the survey. Still: “I know even in the past couple of weeks there have been other surveys that have come out on harassment in particular,” she told me in an email, “but I think it is interesting that this data was both before it was top of mind AND derived from a general pool of respondents (not only folks self selecting to fill out a survey on harassment).” Next year’s survey may expand on this, she said, including asking more questions specifically about mothers in newsrooms. The full results of the survey are here.