World News Day Puts Focus on gsport Newsroom

Media around the world marked World News Day on 28 September and as the gsport newsroom, we reflected on our role in making more news on women’s sport available to the public. File photo from the #GAL2020 event in Johannesburg. Photo: gsport

Media around the world marked World News Day on 28 September and as the gsport newsroom, we reflected on our role in making more news on women’s sport available to the public.

The gsport initiative was launched on 1 August 2006 to plug the information gap and tell positive stories about women’s sport to reshape the narrative around women’s sport which was in a poor state at the time.

Over the past 15 years, we have been committed to this journey and have published thousands of articles in support of women’s sport at gsport.co.za while using our social media channels under the gsport4girls handle to amplify our web presence.

The gsport Newsroom is focused on accuracy and fairness while being positive and uplifting. This has resulted in us reporting more on gold medal performances, professional advancements in women’s sport and other major moves.

So, what have we achieved as a newsroom?

gsport has blooded new talent through our Vacation Reporter and Intern programs with the South African Media Innovation Program.

gsport’s partnership with Africa’s best read, the Mail & Guardian, is paying off as we continue our work to amplify women’s sport coverage across mainstream media.

gsport successfully launched the gsport Annual List of Newsmakers in 2019 to encourage greater media coverage and shine a spotlight on women’s sport newsmakers. We can’t wait for #GAL2021 as we honour this year’s women’s sport newsmakers!

Another advancement has seen media professionals come together on the gsport WhatsApp Communications Group to work together to amplify media coverage of women’s sport. Apply to be part of this network of changemakers.

gsport Founder, Kass Naidoo, commented: “On World News Day, we commit to greater news coverage of women in sport in South Africa and across the African continent. Our athletes are shattering barriers and deserve increased media coverage.

Alongside introspecting and identifying ways gsport could build on the current offering as the gsport newsroom, we also reached out to media contacts in the women’s sport space to find out what impact gsport is making as a news provider.

Nnusi Gazi, Communications for Netball South Africa, had this to say:

“The gsport platform has amplified news around women sports and most importantly allowed us to get to know more about them. It has become another gateway for sponsors and brands to see them, know them and ultimately engage with them. It was unlocked opportunities for young girls to engage with their role models and aspire to dream to.

As a Communications Manager for Netball South Africa I am grateful for this platform because now we have another outlet where we can tell our stories, one that is female led, female centric and is primarily determined to showcase the amazing women who live amongst us who are excellent in sport across the board.”

Tlamelo Kganakga is a radio presenter and women’s sport writer from the North West, who has been working with gsport to tell more diverse stories from that part of the country.

Speaking about what it means to her to be working to plug the information gap and encourage wider news reporting of women’s sport, she said: “It means I’m playing my part in the growth of women in sport, who are overlooked, and who now have hope that one day they will be recognized. Ordinary women in sport are getting acknowledged for their work and this gives them a pat on the back that they are doing well and should keep inspiring the next generation.”

Tatenda Gondo, who is leading the effort to improve gsport’s continental reporting of women’s sport, said this: “Writing continental stories for gsport has made me appreciate the hard work that our athletes, sports administrators, and technical officials do to make sport interesting and competitive. The continent is full of athletes and technical officials that are doing a lot for the development and growth of sport and I commit to share more of these inspiring stories on the gsport platform.”

 

Photo 1 Caption: Media around the world marked World News Day on 28 September and as the gsport newsroom, we reflected on our role in making more news on women’s sport available to the public. File photo from the #GAL2020 event in Johannesburg. Photo: gsport

 

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