Female athletes are tired of male reporting

Female athletes are calling for more focus on women's sports and an increase in the number of women reporters in the field.

Victoria Wystepek
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Why this story matters:

Triple European gold medallist in track and field, Dina Asher-Smith, believes that raising the visibility of women in sports can be accomplished by increasing their media coverage by women. Women bring a fresh perspective to athletics and tell the stories that aren’t being reported.

She states, “If you’ve only got one section of the population doing that reporting, there is only ever going to be one vision or one voice overall that comes through.”

In response, the Daily Telegraph announced on Monday, March 18, that it would launch an editorial initiative to “transform the profile of women’s sport and its visibility in the media.” Dina Asher-Smith has joined the team of female columnists, which include British tennis coach Judy Murray, the mother of Jamie and Andy Murray.

These moves come in conjunction with Britain’s efforts to increase investment and broadcasting of women’s athletics. Those actions have been successful in generating more public consciousness of women’s sports.

The key to increasing awareness of women's sports is to invest the same amount of money into women’s athletics as is invested into men’s and by giving female athletes the same amount of media attention.

Details from the story:

  • One example of the success of Britain’s increased investment in women’s rugby was their record crowd of 13,278 people at an English match against Scotland.
  • Britain’s Sports Minister Mims Davis claims that women’s sports provides a huge opportunity for sponsors and businesses.
  • England is gearing up for the Women’s World Cup in France this year after the English national team won the SheBelieves Cup for the first time earlier this year.

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