Examining Gender Equity in Newspaper Coverage of West-Central Ohio High School Basketball Games

Joseph P. Green, Ashley M. Holtzapple, Lauren McKinley


Across eight high school basketball seasons between 2000 and 2010, we investigated the coverage of over 300 high school basketball games and compared the quantity of coverage allotted to boys’ and girls’ teams within two west-central Ohio newspapers.   Unlike previous investigations on media coverage of high school sports, we restricted our sample to coverage of actual games and did not include feature articles about individual athletes, coaches, or booster clubs, and we determined article length by counting the number of words used in each article.   We found that boys’ games received two to three times the length of coverage of girls’ games.   Media coverage of girls’ games was also less likely to include a photograph and tended to begin lower on the sports page.   We discuss the potential implications of ignoring girls’ high school athletics within community media. 


youth sports journalism; sports media; gender bias

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18061/ojs.v116i2.5136


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