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The gendered world of sports reporting in the Australian print media

North, Louise 2012, The gendered world of sports reporting in the Australian print media, JOMEC journal, vol. Published Online, pp. 1-20.

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Title The gendered world of sports reporting in the Australian print media
Author(s) North, Louise
Journal name JOMEC journal
Volume number Published Online
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher Cardiff School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies
Place of publication Cardiff, Wales
Publication date 2012-11-02
ISSN 2049-2340
Summary The mainstream news media have long been charged by feminist and critical media scholars of largely excluding women from its sports coverage, and concomitantly highlighting the ongoing relative absence of female sports reporters. With the 2012 London Olympic Games just past, it is timely to reflect on two areas of sports journalism that recieve sparse scholarly interest from the majority of Australian journalism academics, as technology issues and the future of journalism debates take precedence. The Olympics typically generate more media exposure for female athletes than usual, nevertheless, it remains that there are particular types of 'gender appropriate' events that attract mainstream news media attention during the Games, and other sporting events in general. This paper analyses a month of pre-Olympic sports coverage and general sports coverage in two major Australian newspapers, finding that while pre-Olympic coverage includes more women's sport than in general sport, sportsmen and men's sport remains highly privileged in both areas. The fact that horseracing recieves three times more media coverage than women's sports in this study clearly identifies sportswomen's marginalised status. The paper also maps the number of female sports reporters at these two newspapers, and concludes with some insights into a newsroom culture that typically rejects women as athletes and as sports reporters
Language eng
Field of Research 209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2012, Cardiff University
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30064471

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