"The Times they are a-Changin': Gender Comparisons in Three National Newspapers of the 2004 Wimbledon Championships

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Crossman, Jane, Vincent, John and Speed, Harriet (2007) "The Times they are a-Changin': Gender Comparisons in Three National Newspapers of the 2004 Wimbledon Championships. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 42 (1). pp. 27-41. ISSN 1012-6902


This study compared how selected broadsheet newspapers from three countries covered female and male tennis players competing in the 2004 Wimbledon Championships. From the UK, The Times; from the US, The New York Times; and from Canada, The Globe & Mail were examined. This cross-national comparison extends the work of Vincent (2004) who performed an analysis of three British newspapers’ coverage of Wimbledon (one broadsheet and two tabloids). Content analysis was used to compare the amount and prominence of the coverage devoted to female and male tennis players in all articles and photographs during the Wimbledon Championships fortnight (20 June–5 July 2004). Data were also collected one day prior to the Championships and one day following for a total of 16 days. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to determine statistically significant differences (p<.05). Male players had significantly more total coverage than female players and significantly more articles/photographs. However, the size of the articles/photographs was not significantly different. The Times had the greater disparity in total space allocated to males versus females and significantly more total space devoted to Wimbledon coverage than the other two newspapers. Reasons for the results are discussed and compared to previous quantitative studies examining the newspaper coverage of other sport events.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3225
DOI 10.1177/1012690207081828
Official URL http://irs.sagepub.com/cgi/reprint/42/1/27
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
Keywords ResPubID12898, content analysis, cross-national comparisons, gender, newspaper, Wimbledon, ‘The Championships’ at Wimbledon
Citations in Scopus 46 - View on Scopus
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