• GOTCHA

    The Inequality of Sports Coverage

    Blog shows just how much major news outlets do—or don’t—cover women’s sports.

    A new Tumblr is on a mission to expose how little women’s sports are actually covered in mainstream media outlets. In its most recent post, Scoreboard for Equality called out The New York Times and USA Today for not covering a record-breaking goal by United States Women’s National Team’s Abby Wambach, which made her the top international scorer for both men and women. They also highlight a Change.org petition that alleges The New York Times of only covering women’s sports in 3.5 percent of its sports stories. Do readers just not care about women’s sports? We’d think not, especially since there are an estimated 3.2 million girls playing high-school sports, and women make up 62 percent of people watching professional sports.

    Read it at Scoreboard for Equality
  • PORT Magazine

    PITCHED OUT

    It’s a Golden Age (for Men)

    Male editors dominate magazine cover.

    Port magazine released the cover of its summer issue this afternoon, featuring the title “A New Golden Age,” under which stand six well-dressed and prominent magazine editors. The problem? They’re all men. No women are included in this so-called “Golden Age” even powerful women like Conde Nast’s Anna Wintour or Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s own Tina Brown. In an open letter on her Tumblr, The New Republic’s Ruth Franklin details her frustration with the cover, directing it not at the editor of Port but at the six men on the cover, demanding why they didn’t question the lack of women and why they did not attribute a large part of their publications’ success to women: writers, copy chiefs, editors, and assistants. A lot has changed in the industry, but apparently some things stay the same.

    Read it at Tumblr
  • GENDER BENDER

    New Blog ‘Gender-Flips’ News Articles

    To make readers more aware of how media represents women vs. men.

    A new Tumblr aims to expose how gender roles are upheld in the news—simply by putting them through a simple rewrite. Flip the News takes articles and changes subjects’ names, gender, or race to make readers more cognizant of potential unbalance. For example, one post about a New York Times profile on Tumblr founder David Karp changes Karp’s name to “Diane” throughout the story. Another headline reads “Marissa Mayer’s Widower Debuts on Philanthropic Stage” instead of the original “Steve Jobs’s Widow Steps Onto Philanthropic Stage.” And with mounting frustration over the mom-centric parenting sections, the blogger flipped a story to focus on why “You Don’t Have to Have Kids to Be a Great Father.” There are only a few posts so far, but we hope the writer keeps up with the experiment!

    Read it at Flip the News