Who is Covering Sports?
The Press Box at stadiums across the country remains heavily dominated by white males. Minority persons make up 12% of all sports columnist nationally, 13% of all sports reporters nationally, and only 6% of all editors nationally. This raises the question: In today’s society of “Twitter and Facebook” fame, why aren’t more minority youth interested in a career in sports journalism?
The reason we ask that question is because youth today, as well as adults, get their news on sports figures and events from social media. Yes, I know that’s hard to believe but it’s true. Most of you that are reading this post are guilty of this too. No, you are not doing anything wrong people. The fact is a smart phone today has more power and technology than the very first computer invented. Technology has evolved over the past 2 decades and so is how we use it…including how we cover sports figures and sporting events.
One activity that we are developing in our after-school programs, which is heavily filled with minority youth, is an introduction to Sports Journalism. The goal is to raise the interest of our students in the area of sports journalism. At the same time we can use this activity to help young people in our programs to advance their literacy and writing skills.This article was posted in Front Office, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow comments with the RSS feed for this post.
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