Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"I Don't Think It's 'Funny' to Be a Female and Talk about Routes": A Rhetorical Analysis of Interview Questions Asked by Women Sports Reporters
by Manring, Elizabeth, M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2018, 69; 13423755
Abstract (Summary)

Sports media is an industry long dominated by men; thus, masculine language has set the standard for conventional interview questions in sports journalism. Today, female sports journalists may face varying degrees of sexism in their workplace, especially when interacting with male sources who may make negative assumptions about the knowledge and competence of women reporters. Prior studies suggest there are many techniques women utilize to cope in this potentially hostile environment, such as using gender stereotypes to their advantage. The aim of this study is to examine whether and, if so, in what ways women adjust their language to conform to the linguistic expectations of male coaches and athletes they are interviewing. The results suggest that female sports journalists often balance their interview questions by mixing sports media in-group (masculine) language with out-group (feminine) language. Based on these results and those offered in prior research, it is possible that women journalists believe they must continually consider whether their questions sufficiently accommodate their interviewees’ expectations for an ideal, but highly subjective, balance of conventional masculine sports talk and stereotypical feminine language.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hardy-Short, Dayle C.
Commitee: Short, Calvin B., Sweeter, Janice
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: Communication
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Gender studies
Publication Number: 13423755
ISBN: 978-0-438-78801-5
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