- Hardin, Marie and Stacie Shain. “Strength in Numbers? The Experiences and Attitudes of Women in Sports Media Careers.” Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, vol. 82, no. 4, Winter2005, pp. 804-819. EBSCOhost, library.gatech.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bsu&AN=20486633&site=eds-live&scope=site.
This article examines the ways and reasons why women are discouraged to join and/or to stay in a sports media career. This helps provide a deeper insight on how women feel about this issue of men dominating the sports world. In addition, the article also talked about women who wanted to stay in sports media because they believed they were making an impact. For example, one woman’s opinion about why she wanted to stay in sports media was because she thought more women working in sports media would lead to better coverage of female sports. She acknowledges that women would reinforce the ideals and commitment of female sports coverage. This article is valuable because it gives many different perspectives from women in sports media and their experiences in it. This change in perspective is helpful in getting first-hand information from women on their experience and thoughts about their possible role in sports media.
- Laucella, Pamela C., et al. “Diversifying the Sports Department and Covering Women’s Sports: A Survey of Sports Editors.” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, vol. 94, no. 3, 2017, pp. 772-792. ProQuest, http://prx.library.gatech.edu/login?url=https://search.proquest.com/docview/1934460324?accountid=11107, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1077699016654443.
This article highlights the importance of getting women into sports media because of the effect they can have while in the field. This article looks at how although the field still needs much improvement women are starting to come in and make a difference. It examines how a lot more women are trying to get into sports media. The most important aspect that this article looks at is how women can succeed and move up in the business once they get their foot in the door. Their setbacks come from their preconceptions about women in sports media. So many women believe this because it is how major sports broadcasting seems. This article emphasizes why we need to inform women of the opportunities they can have in sports media. What makes this article so different is it looks at the positive side to women in sports media, in showing how when women are given the chance they can succeed and lead in the sports department.
- Paramo, Daniel. “Gender Inequality in Sports Broadcasting Apparent to Viewers.” The Daily Evergreen, The Daily Evergreen, 5 Oct. 2017, https://dailyevergreen.com/17571/sports/women-broadcaster-column/
This news article was written to investigate how people are noticing the lack of females in sports media. It explains how this is more noticeable in today’s fast paced society. It examines how women’s sports are increasing in air time, but the female broadcasters still aren’t making a breakthrough in TV. They explore specific way to help this problem, starting with a local school teacher (Tammy Crawford) who is motivating more women to go into sports broadcasting. She uses mind-blowing statistics each day to underscore the importance of changing this male-dominated field. For Example: “As of 2014, 90 percent of editorial roles, 90 percent of assistant editorial roles, 88 percent of columnists, 87 percent of reporters and 95 percent of anchors, are men. Of the 183 sport talk shows, there are only two female hosts.” This article is valuable because it shows some of they ways people are helping change the problem at it roots. This is central to showing people that this problem can be changed as long as we continue to welcome women into the field.
- Pedersen, Paul M. and Warren A. Whisenant. “Successful When Given the Opportunity: Investigating Gender Representation and Success Rates of Interscholastic Athletic Directors.” Physical Educator, vol. 62, no. 4, Winter2005, pp. 178-186. EBSCOhost, library.gatech.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=fth&AN=19409775&site=eds-live&scope=site.
This article talks about how men not only dominate in sports media jobs, but sports coverage in terms of games and airtime. This article is different because it’s a summary of a study conducted about the status and success of athletic directors with a focus on the differences in males and females. This study was conducted with 423 high schools in two different states. The data in this study revealed that masculinity dominated the sports world, specifically in high school (90% of the athletic directors were male). When the study looked at the success rate of the athletic directors, the results showed that females who had worked their way into the sports field were as successful as their male counterparts. These findings are valuable to us because it gives hard facts on the success of females in sports. Understanding the findings of this study help us acknowledge the impact women can have on sports media.
- Pfeifer, Kelsey Grace. “A Female Sports Journalist Encouraged Women To Apply For A Position At Sports Illustrated And Twitter Lost Its Damn Mind.” BuzzFeed, BuzzFeed, 18 June 2018, buzzfeed.com/pfeiferkelsey/a-female-sports-journalist-encouraged-women-to-app-37c2n
This Buzzfeed article depicts the events after a tweet was sent out by Charlotte Wilder, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, that encouraged women to apply for an entry-level position at SI’s offices in New York. Although women are underrepresented in sports media when Charlotte tried to reach out to other women she got backlash that she wasn’t being fair. People called her sexist and discriminatory of men for seeking out a woman in sports media, even though all sports media has done for years is seek out men for their field. I think this article is important to showing how a harmless way of trying to get a woman into sports media caused a huge up rage. This reflects why so many women are afraid to put themselves out there and to join this cutthroat world. The writer of this article, a woman who has been writing about sports for over 5 years added her opinion that women in her field should be a surprise anymore, but yet it still is. She believed this tweet was innocent and was just another way to help support the increase of women in her field.
- Price, John. “Where Are All the Women? Diversity, the Sports Media, and Sports Journalism Education.” International Journal of Organizational Diversity, vol. 14, no. 1, Mar. 2015, pp. 9-19. EBSCOhost, library.gatech.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bsu&AN=101729797&site=eds-live&scope=site.
This article goes deeper into the reasons why we see so few female sports media broadcasters. This study shows how a shortage of female students are choosing to take sports journalism degrees and training courses. It also looks into what is life like for the few female students who choose to take such courses. This article provided another reason for the lack of women in sports media. It blames universities and journalism schools for their failure to recruit individuals from a diverse range of ethnic backgrounds. This article also investigates how black and minority ethnic students are under-represented in journalism courses compared to many other subject areas. This supports the idea that sports media and journalism are biased and that they have a specific person they want in their field and they will fight to get those “types of people”. This article is valuable because it shows how if we don’t start to address the problem of women in sports media early in their lives then it might be too late by the time some women realize they might want to pursue a career in sports media.