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Austin American-Statesman committed to mirror, serve community

Last week, our newsroom published in Spanish the complete report from the special House legislative committee created to independently review the tragic killing of 19 students and their two teachers in Uvalde. When the committee released its long-awaited report, there was no Spanish-language edition.

When pressed by family members, the committee said it could take two weeks to translate it.

The Statesman quickly realized that we could turn a report, accurately, within days. This happened because we have a diverse newsroom and our parent company, Gannett, values ​​and celebrates the strength of a multi-cultural workplace.

The Uvalde translation, of which we printed 10,000 copies to distribute around the community, is one example of how diverse views and life experiences help shape decision-making for the good.

This is all part of our commitment to strive to mirror and better cover Austin, Central Texas and the state. Today we release a report on our newsroom census and how we reflect the community we serve. This transparency is important because it’s a public measure of how we are doing, and where we need to go.

For the Statesman to succeed, we must have an inclusive and diverse workplace where employees are valued and feel empowered.

We are committed to building and sustaining a workforce that is reflective of the diversity in the communities we serve. As part of our commitment to an inclusive culture, we are annually publishing the makeup of our newsroom staff. That same commitment is being carried out across the USA TODAY Network, which is made up of more than 200 local publications and USA TODAY.

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