Deirdre O’Neill: Why are there so few female sports writers?

Deirdre O’Neill: Why are there so few female sports writers?

We all know that most sports journalists are men. However, in recent years, female sports broadcasters have increased their visibility. By comparison, while newspaper sports coverage has increased rapidly in recent years Deirdre O’Neill, University of Huddersfield, looks at the progress made by women sports writers. [Image: Jon Candy / Flickr] Sports journalism – online, in broadcasting and in print - is flourishing. Much of top-level sport is big business and top athletes have a celebrity status, with all the attendant coverage. For newspapers in particular, sports coverage has expanded exponentially, and in a competitive market, is arguably the driving force behind the battle for circulation and building a loyal readership. According to the Chief Football Correspondent of the Times, Oliver Kay, “The number of pages of sport has gone up overall. Football dominates, at about 50% of the Times and probably around 70% for the red-tops. You could ask why newspapers are force- feeding us football, but all the research...
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