No Title IX in Journalism: An Analysis of Subject Gender in Newspaper Sports Columns

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The purpose of this study is to examine gender bias in sports media from the perspective of the sports columnist. The research analyzed 1,082 sports columns written by ten columnists (five male, five female) at newspapers across the United States. The columns were scrutinized to determine if the column subject was male or female. Results found that 84.4% of the sports columns were written about male athletes or men's sports compared to only 9% devoted to female athletes and women's sports. The research also found that female sports columnists write about female sports 12.7% of the time, while male sports ... continued below

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Bostic, Jordan December 2009.

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The purpose of this study is to examine gender bias in sports media from the perspective of the sports columnist. The research analyzed 1,082 sports columns written by ten columnists (five male, five female) at newspapers across the United States. The columns were scrutinized to determine if the column subject was male or female. Results found that 84.4% of the sports columns were written about male athletes or men's sports compared to only 9% devoted to female athletes and women's sports. The research also found that female sports columnists write about female sports 12.7% of the time, while male sports columns only dedicate 6% of their columns to female athletes or women's sports. Newspapers with a larger circulation were more likely to have sports columns about female sports than were newspapers with smaller readerships. Six of the columnists were then interviewed to get their opinions on gender issues in sports journalism.

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Bostic, Jordan. No Title IX in Journalism: An Analysis of Subject Gender in Newspaper Sports Columns, thesis, December 2009; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc12086/: accessed November 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .