Half the story? Olympic women on ABC News Online

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Jones, Dianne. 2004. "Half the story? Olympic women on ABC News Online." Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources.
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Half the story? Olympic women on ABC News Online

ERA Journal ID9242
Article CategoryBook review
Authors
AuthorJones, Dianne
Journal TitleMedia International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: quarterly journal of media research and resources
Number of Pages15
Year2004
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1329-878X
2200-467X
Web Address (URL)http://www.uq.edu.au/emsah/mia/
Abstract

A content analysis of the ABC News Online website during the 2000 Olympic Games reveals a select few female role models were available to young audiences. One female athlete was 'news-privileged'. Cathy Freeman's exposure came at the expense of her Australian team mates, especially those women who won medals in team sports. While the results indicate an improvement in both the extent of women's sports coverage and the range of sports covered, stereotypical descriptions often characterised adult females as emotionally vulnerable, dependent adolescents. Male athletes were never infantilised and were far less likely to be described in emotive terms.

Keywordssports media, Olympic Games, gender issues in sport, sports journalism
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470105. Journalism studies
470101. Communication studies
470107. Media studies
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