Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Victorian plan to boost women in on-air sports media roles

The Victorian Government has announced a plan to boost the representation of women in on-air sports media roles.

Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence, has launched the Labor Government’s Change Our Game Women in Sport Broadcasting Program for 2022-23 and is encouraging women across the state to apply.

She said the program supports increased representation of women in sports news and commentary roles, both in front of and behind the camera.

“We’re backing more women to break into sports media and succeed in their new career, because we know how important it is to level the playing field,” said Minister Spence.

“The faces and voices we see and hear delivering our sporting news play a huge role in accelerating change towards more inclusive sports coverage.”

The program, offered through the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, includes two streams designed to give women the knowledge and edge they need to advance their careers in the sports media.

Stream 1 has an introductory focus to support the development of early-career sports broadcasters. Stream 2 is an extension program to help those growing their presence in the industry go to the next level.

The program will be delivered by Emma Race and Lucy Race from Making The Call, who have both enjoyed significant success and are highly regarded sports media professionals.

From the first successful pilot program in 2020, the program has been pivotal in developing and providing opportunities to women in sports media. It has supported 56 participants whose voices and expertise are enhancing sports broadcasting and reporting.

For more information on the program go to changeourgame.vic.gov.au/the-initiative.

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