The Victorian Government have announced a new program to address the lack of gender diversity in sports broadcasting.
The free Making The Call program, which is partnering with the Office for Women in Sport and Recreation, will train Victorian women during five one-hour online sessions in broadcasting skills for Australian Rules football. This includes play-by-play commentary, special comments and boundary riding.
The 15 participants will learn from a team of industry experts from 16 November to 11 December.
By the end of the program participants will have a broader understanding of the broadcast media environment, an understanding of the skills and resources required to work in broadcasting, an audio show-reel, and networking opportunities with experts and other participants.
“We’ve got the experience to prove that women see the game really differently and talk about the game really differently to men,” says Emma Race, one of the creators of the program.
“So it’s an opportunity for innovation, to be able to amplify women’s voices talking about sports.”
We've teamed up with #MakingTheCall to deliver a pilot sports media training program for women.
The program has been designed to address the lack of gender diversity in sports broadcasting & to create pathways for women’s voices in sport.
— ChangeOurGame (@ChangeOurGame) October 13, 2020
Siren, a news website focused on women’s sport, also announced a program last week to support aspiring women sports journalists.
The Siren Emerging Sports Writer Program will give participants an opportunity to produce three published works on the website and will also help fund mentorship, workshopping and training costs.
We have a very special announcement today!
We are launching the Siren Emerging Sports Writer Program!
This program is to help women get some more writing experience to continue on their sports media journey – and there's a way you can help too 👇https://t.co/9cPZ1iOcRS
— Siren: A Women in Sport Collective (@Siren_Sport) October 8, 2020
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