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Game Over? Male and female sportswriters’ attitudes toward their jobs and plans to leave journalism
Unformatted Document Text:  Game Over? 24 want to cover,” a 57-year-old male reporter wrote. “Our department is a reporter-driven department.” The final attitudinal scale in this study examined outlook of journalists toward the future of the profession. This study included these questions because of the economic downturn in the late 2000s and recent layoffs and closures in the industry. Not surprisingly then, respondents expressed strong disagreement with the statement “The future of journalism looks bright.” “The economic downturn has made the profession shaky. I love what I do, but there are times when you wonder about job security,” a 34- year-old male respondent wrote. However, respondents agreed that there will always be a strong need for sportswriters. As one 57-year-old male respondent wrote, “ I firmly believe that there will be a need, no matter how much the medium changes, for qualified journalists that know what a story is, who can gather the news and then communicate it in an interesting manner.” Limitations and future research As with all survey research, this study could be limited by the sampling scheme. First, because a comprehensive listing of staffers that the departments was not always available online, it is likely that some journalists at the 100 largest U.S. papers were missed. Further, the results can only be generalized to those at the nation’s largest newspapers. Finally, although the number of women in the sample (n = 36) was large enough for the statistical power needed for the tests, it still represents a very small number on which to make broad generalizations. This is a flaw in many studies of female sports journalists, because of the disproportionately small number of women in the field. In addition to attempting to correct these limitations, future research should

Authors: Jones, Jessie. and Greer, Jennifer.
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Game Over? 24
want to cover,” a 57-year-old male reporter wrote. “Our department is a reporter-driven 
department.”
The final attitudinal scale in this study examined outlook of journalists toward the 
future of the profession. This study included these questions because of the economic 
downturn in the late 2000s and recent layoffs and closures in the industry. Not 
surprisingly then, respondents expressed strong disagreement with the statement “The 
future of journalism looks bright.” 
“The economic downturn has made the profession 
shaky. I love what I do, but there are times when you wonder about job security,” a 34-
year-old male respondent wrote. However, respondents agreed that there will always be a 
strong need for sportswriters. 
As one 57-year-old male respondent wrote, “
I firmly 
believe that there will be a need, no matter how much the medium changes, for qualified 
journalists that know what a story is, who can gather the news and then communicate it in 
an interesting manner.”
Limitations and future research
As with all survey research, this study could be limited by the sampling scheme. 
First, because a comprehensive listing of staffers that the departments was not always 
available online, it is likely that some journalists at the 100 largest U.S. papers were 
missed. Further, the results can only be generalized to those at the nation’s largest 
newspapers. Finally, although the number of women in the sample (n = 36) was large 
enough for the statistical power needed for the tests, it still represents a very small 
number on which to make broad generalizations. This is a flaw in many studies of female 
sports journalists, because of the disproportionately small number of women in the field.
In addition to attempting to correct these limitations, future research should 


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