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Blog: “We are supporting diversity in journalism, but also diversity in sports content because women’s football receives limited media visibility”

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Blog: “We are supporting diversity in journalism, but also diversity in sports content because women’s football receives limited media visibility”

Maggie Murphy, general manager of the women’s teams at Lewes FC, from Sussex, England (the only club in the world that pays its men's and women’s teams equally), writes about their involvement in this year’s #FootballPeople weeks, which begin on 10 October.

Lewes FC is the first club in the world to split its resources equally by gender and the first club in the UK to install ‘Football v Homophobia’ pitch hoardings, and solar panels for sustainability. We want to be an exemplary club.

We also want to support diversity in the media; this means supporting journalists from different backgrounds, but it also means making sure those new journalists also consider women’s sport as an exciting area for them in the future.

Sports journalism and media can be hard to break into, and even harder if you are a woman or from an ethnic minority. Our work will be to bring together leading journalists and practitioners in sports media to mentor and educate aspiring journalists from diverse backgrounds in a hands-on practical workshop.

The event will take place before Lewes FC’s women’s team play Leicester City on 13 October. The mentoring will extend into the match, and each of the participants will put their new skills to the test as they cover the game.

The skills we are looking to support are in match-report writing and analysis, commentating, presenting, photography and videography – and we already have some incredible people confirmed to be mentors. These include commentators, presenters, pundits, film-makers and writers, people who are working for the BBC, talkSPORT, BeIN Sport and ESPN.

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Friday, October 4, 2019 - 09:35