The National Sports Journalism Center’s “Women in Sports Media: Obstacles, Opportunities and Observations” discussion looked at why few sports journalists are female, with a few panelists predicting the situation is getting worse. The discussion ranged from the continued instances of harassment of women sports journalists to the lack of gender diversity in sports departments.
Tim Franklin, director of the National Sports Journalism Center, hosted the panel. Panelists included Michael Anastasi, managing editor for sports of The Salt Lake Tribune and incoming president of the Associated Press Sports Editors; Christine Brennan, award-winning columnist for USA Today and commentator for ABC News, CNN and NPR; Dave Goren, executive director of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association; Ann Killion, author and contributing writer for Sports Illustrated; and Shelley Smith, correspondent for ESPN’s SportsCenter. The panel was moderated by Pamela Laucella, academic director of the National Sports Journalism Center.
The event was co-sponsored by the Association for Women in Sports Media, the APSE and NSSA.