Newswork, News Values, and Audience Considerations: Factors That Facilitate Media Coverage of Women’s Sports

Sherwood, M, OSBORNE, ANGELA, Nicholson, M and Sherry, E 2017, Newswork, News Values, and Audience Considerations: Factors That Facilitate Media Coverage of Women’s Sports, Communication and Sport, vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 647-668, doi: 10.1177/2167479516645535.

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Title Newswork, News Values, and Audience Considerations: Factors That Facilitate Media Coverage of Women’s Sports
Author(s) Sherwood, M
OSBORNE, ANGELAORCID iD for OSBORNE, ANGELA orcid.org/0000-0002-6570-4397
Nicholson, M
Sherry, E
Journal name Communication and Sport
Volume number 5
Issue number 6
Start page 647
End page 668
Total pages 22
Publisher SAGE Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-12
ISSN 2167-4795
2167-4809
Keyword(s) sports media
women
gender
newspapers
newswork
Summary Substantial research indicates that women’s sports and female athletes gain only a small fraction of sports media coverage worldwide. Research that has examined why this is the case suggested this can be attributed to three particular factors that govern sports newswork: the male-dominated sports newsroom, ingrained assumptions about readership, and the systematic, repetitive nature of sports news. This study sought to explore women’s sports coverage using a different perspective, exploring cases where women’s sports gained coverage. It identified Australian newspapers that published more articles on women’s sports, relative to their competitors, and conducted interviews with both journalists and editors at these newspapers. It found that small, subtle changes to the three newswork elements that had previously relegated the coverage of women’s sports now facilitated it. This research provides evidence that, at least in some newspapers in Australia, sports newswork has developed to include the coverage of women’s sports.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/2167479516645535
Field of Research 1608 Sociology
2001 Communication and Media Studies
2002 Cultural Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30156729

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