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Cardiff Met Hosts Conference Discussing the Role of Women in Sports Journalism



Established broadcasters, industry experts and academics will gather at a conference at Cardiff Metropolitan University on the 13th December to discuss the role of women in sports journalism in Cardiff.   NUJ Training Wales, has partnered with Cardiff Met and gender equality charity Chwarae Teg to host the event which will take place at the Unviersity’s Cyncoed campus.  

The conference will bring together a line-up of inspirational women from Wales and beyond to discuss how more women can break through into the main stream of sports journalism, and the barriers facing women in the industry.  

Speakers at the conference will include:

- Anna Kissel, Co-founder of Women in Football & sports writer for The Guardian

- Cerys Furlong, CEO of Chwarae Teg

- Dot Davies, broadcaster BBC Cymru Wales

- Julie Kissick, University of South Wales academic & football writer

- Catrin Pascoe, Editor of The Western Mail

- Sue Butler, Sports Editor, S4C

- Carolyn Hitt, writer, producer and broadcaster

- Katie Sands, Welsh Journalist of the Year, WalesOnline

- Beth Fisher, former Wales Hockey international & BBC Cymru Wales

- Nia Jones, Welsh International Football & Netball player and TV pundit

- Olympian Mica Moore 

The conference will provide opportunities to learn, network and for people to share their perspective on the role of women in sports media today and in the future.

Former BBC and Sky Sports producer Joe Towns is now running the Sport Broadcast MSc at Cardiff Met and believes the conference offers the perfect forum to cover a wide range of issues facing the industry:

“We’re excited about the big names on the panels  - established broadcasters like Dot Davies and Carolyn Hitt, award winning journalist Katie Sands, reporters like Beth Fisher and Nia Jones who are just breaking through on the BBC, media academics like Julie Kissick from USW and of course high profile national broadsheet football writers like Anna Kessel MBE. 

"We’ve also invited some decision makers; senior editors like the S4C Head of Sport Sue Butler and Wales Online Editor Catrin Pascoe. We want the panels to think about how we can take the coverage of women’s sport to the next level, we want to discuss why the gender pay gap is still prevalent in our industry, we want to examine why some sports are given more coverage than others and how women’s sports organisations can do more to increase their own coverage and exposure. 

"We want to look at the rise of female football pundits and how we can go about creating a new generation of female sports broadcasters, presenters, journalists and commentators. We also want to explore the issue around the lack of women in production roles, be they technical or editorial. Why are there so few female VT editors and camera operators in Sport Broadcasting?”

Richard Speight, the NUJ Training Wales’ Project Manager, explained the why he thinks the event is so important:

“We feel like 2018 has been a watershed year for women across society, and no more so than in the sports media. Female journalists and broadcasters have brought this year’s packed sporting calendar to life on our TV screens, over the airwaves, in print and online. Women’s sport has gained in profile and audience, but there’s still a long way to go. 

"The NUJ is committed to promoting equality and diversity across the media industry. Our training courses and conferences are all about giving people new skills and new perspectives on the industry, and "Women in Sports Journalism" gives us the chance to bring people together to hear about and discuss one of the most pressing issues faced by journalists in Wales today.

“Zena Chandler-Burnell, our Project Coordinator, and I are proud to be working with Chwarae Teg and Cardiff Met on what should be a fantastic end to a wonderful year for women in sport and the sports media. Everyone is welcome.” 

Cerys Furlong, chief executive of Wales’ leading gender equality charity Chwarae Teg, said that the power of role models cannot be underestimated:

“Women are becoming noticeably more prominent in the world of sport and sports journalism but we still have a very long way to go before we achieve parity.  The power of role models in improving the visibility of women in sport in inspiring young women to partake in sport and consider a career in the sector cannot be underestimated.  

"Many such role models will be taking part in this conference, which will be an invaluable opportunity to bring women from across the sector together to discuss barriers to achieving equality and how they can be overcome. We are looking forward to an inspirational and thought provoking day.”

The event is open to the public. Further information and registration is available here:


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