April 20, 2018 8:00am — April 20, 2018 6:00pm

The University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism and espnW are hosting the first-ever “Women, Sports and Media: Careers, Coverage, and Consequences” conference in John S. and James L. Knight Hall.

Registration is now open. The conference will include panel discussions on coverage of women’s sports and original research presentations.

April 19, 2018

6:30 PM: Opening Reception at MilkBoy ArtHouse in downtown College Park

Kevin Merida – Editor-in-chief, ESPN’s The Undefeated
Kevin Blackistone – Professor, Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Terry Taylor – Former sports editor, The Associated Press

April 20, 2018

8 AM: Registration Opens / Breakfast Served

 8:45: Welcoming Remarks

Elle Duncan – Anchor, ESPN’s SportsCenter
Lynn Povich – Journalist and author
Laura Gentile – Senior vice president, espnW
Lucy Dalglish – Dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism

9:00: Panel: The Current Landscape for Women Sports Journalists

Alison Overholt (moderator) – Editor-in-chief, espnW and ESPN The Magazine
Christine Brennan – Sports columnist, USA TODAY
Liz Clarke – Sports reporter, The Washington Post
Molly Solomon – Executive producer, Golf Channel
Erin Whiteside – Associate professor, University of Tennessee

9:45: Keynote: Cheryl Cooky – Associate professor, Purdue University

10:45: Research Presentations (Choose from two simultaneous sessions)

The Bodies of Women Sportscasters and Athletes

  • Molly Yanity, Quinnipiac University: “‘Are We There Yet?’: Continuing to Ask the Question for Women in Sports Media Careers – A Longitudinal Study”
  • Guy Harrison, Youngstown State: “Hoochie-Mama Dresses and Pop-Quizzes: A Feminist Standpoint Analysis of Discourse, Double Standards, and the American Female Sportscaster”
  • Robin Hardin, University of Tennessee; Elizabeth Taylor, Temple University; Elizabeth Gregg, University of North Florida: “Too Sexy for My Shirt: Player Reaction to the LPGA Dress Code”
  • Toni Bruce, University of Auckland: “The Rise of the Pretty and Powerful Female Athlete: Emerging Forms of Media Representation and Possibilities for Change”

Image and Self-Image of Women Athletes

  • Sarah Wolter, Gustavus Adolphus College: “A Longitudinal Study of espnW: Slam Dunk for Female Athletes”
  • Natalie Welch, Adam Love and John Magliocca, University of Tennessee: “Media Representations of Native American Women in Sport”
  • Shannon Scovel, University of Stirling: “Women in Sports Media: A Qualitative Assessment of the Current Climate of Sports Coverage for Female Athletes”
  • Bobbie Foster, Sohana Nasrin, Graham Cullen and Sara Browning, University of Maryland: “The Image of a Roller Derby Skater: Thematic Image Analysis of the Top Three Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Teams”

 Noon: Lunch Served

12:45: Keynote: Claire Smith – News editor, ESPN

1:45: Research Presentations (Choose from two simultaneous sessions)

Career Trajectories and Identities of Women Sports Journalists

  • Gayle Jansen Brisbane, University of Colorado Boulder: “Pioneering Women in Television Sports Media: Voices of Career Trajectories and Gender Performance”
  • Dunja Antunovic, Kellee Clay and Desteny Castañeda, Bradley University: “Boy, I Really Kicked That Door Down for Women, Didn’t I?”: Narratives about about Pioneering Women in Sports Broadcasting”
  • Kate Harman, Rowan University: “‘Did You Make Joe Buck Do This?’: Katie Nolan as a Token on NFL Films Presents”
  • Anne Osborne, Syracuse University; Danielle Sarver Coombs, Kent State University; Molly Yanity, Quinnipiac University: “Fan or Storyteller: Sports Journalists Manage Fan Identity from the ‘Toy Department’”

What is Changing, What is the Potential for Change, and Who has the Power to Create Change?

  • Erin Whiteside, University of Tennessee: “Crusading for Coverage: Challenges and Opportunities for Increased Visibility of Girls and Women in Sports Media”
  • Julie Haynes, Rowan University: “Regional Identity, Gender, and the Sportscaster’s Voice: Dale Hansen as (Un)Likely Hero”
  • Kiana Tipton, University of Texas at Austin: “Power to the Public: A Case Study of Jemele Hill’s Surveillance on Twitter”
  • Megan Chawansky and Abbie Long, University of Kentucky: “Mentoring Female Sports Journalists: A Pilot Study of Aspiring Sports Journalists”

3:30: Panel: Coverage of Women Athletes: Then and Now

Raina Kelley (moderator) – Deputy editor, ESPN’s The Undefeated
Bonnie Ford – Enterprise reporter, ESPN
Monica McNutt – Sports journalist, American Sports Network
Alyssa Roenigk – Senior writer, ESPN
Mechelle Voepel – Senior writer, espnW

4:15: Afternoon Snack Served

4:35: Film Excerpt Screening: “Let Them Wear Towels”

4:50: Post-Film Discussion: Life in the Locker Room

Bonnie Bernstein (moderator) – Sports journalist and entrepreneur
Claire Smith – News editor, espnW
Melissa Ludtke – Sports journalist and author
Beth Mowins – Sports analyst, ESPN
Juliet Macur – Sports reporter, The New York Times

5:30: Moving Forward: What We Learned

Elle Duncan – Anchor, ESPN’s SportsCenter
Kevin Blackistone – Professor, Philip Merrill College of Journalism

6:00: Closing Remarks

If you have questions, please contact Kate Yanchulis of the Povich Center at katerp@umd.edu.