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Journalism: Women Sports Broadcaster Stereotypes

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Georgina Torres

on 1 November 2013

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Journalism: Women Sports Reporters
Attitude/Social Barriers
Women have come a long way in journalism
Still have to prove themselves that they are just as capable as men
History of Problem:
Economic Availability
Competitive field
Most US prestigious careers held by men
74% doctors, 90% engineers
Laws and Policies
Radio and television
Regulated media
Congress & Federal Communications Commission
structure & content
Court cases and laws to protect equality for women
Significance of Problem
Audiences come up with excuses for disdain of women sports broadcasters
Expectations of looking "sexy" and "hot"
Working within a male dominated environment
Qualifications: skill and knowledge
Unique point of view
Men control media
Quoted 5 times more an issue concerning women
By 1970, women represented 2 of 3 major broadcasting networks
reporting, writing, speaking, analyzing
Wide range salaries
$27,500 (2009)
Big cities = big salaries
Long Term:
Possible Solutions:
Feel like sex objects
Loss of self worthy
Feeling of being there to serve men
Not good enough to play sports
Gender discrimination
Endure criticism
Low self esteem
Anxiety & pressure
Held to higher standards
Short Term:
Jane Chastain, Donna De Varona, & Jeannie Morris: pioneers of women broadcasting
Jane Chastain: difficulties from male TV crew
Lack in local television
Struggle with acceptance within sports broadcasting though it has been going on for a while
New York Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez to massage therapist Kelly Calabrese:
"I won't say women belong in the kitchen, but they don't belong in the dugout."
Employers: Gender blind when hiring; encouragement
Sports journalism curriculum in schools for young women
Seminar support groups to encourage women
More coverage of women sports
Role models or supportive male role models

Women sports reporters are not given the same opportunity or respect as men do and are constantly being told by producers how they should look and act.
Women sports journalists are continuing to spread throughout the sports industry, but are still dealing with sexism in the work force
Women have come a long way and are still searching for equality.
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