Half the story? Olympic women on ABC News Online

Jones, Dianne (2004) Half the story? Olympic women on ABC News Online. Media International Australia incorporating Culture and Policy (110). pp. 132-146. ISSN 1329-878X

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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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Mass Communication
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:25
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: sports media, Olympic Games, gender issues in sport, sports journalism
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190301 Journalism Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200101 Communication Studies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200104 Media Studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/608

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