Welcome! If you haven’t already checked out my “About” page, here’s a quick rundown. Nike is the Greek goddess of victory (hence the name, The Nike Chronicles – a little shout-out to girl power), and this blog’s main goal is to highlight women in sports. Because of my background in journalism and communications, I’ve always had a particular interest in how the media works, so I will be focusing on the sports media industry. Some of the posts will celebrate female trailblazers in sports, while others will critique the media’s coverage of women’s issues in sports (domestic violence, comments regarding female athletes’ appearances, sexist remarks towards female journalists and broadcasters, etc.). The blog will also profile women in sports media in order to develop an understanding of what it’s like to be a female in a male-dominated field.
Some of my favorite sources for sporting news are spearheaded by women and will be featured generously in this blog. ESPNW is the premier provider of sports coverage by female reporters, spotlighting a variety of sports and issues. ESPN and Sports Illustrated also boast some of the most talented female writers in the game in Ramona Shelburne, Jackie MacMullan, Alyssa Roenigk, Melissa Jacobs, Mina Kimes and Emily Kaplan. In fact, the editor-in-chief of ESPNW and ESPN the Magazine is Alison Overholt, one of the most ambitious sports media members out there.
For some less mainstream insight, I look forward to highlighting content from Sarah Spain’s blog and Women Talk Sports, which covers controversial issues, as well as some of the less popular women’s sports leagues (NWHL, anyone?).
My sources won’t just be limited to print. Katie Nolan’s Garbage Time and Sarah Spain’s That’s What She Said are two of the top sports podcasts right now, while Doris Burke, Jemele Hill, Cari Champion, Jessica Mendoza, Rachel Nichols, Michelle Beadle, Pam Oliver and Lisa Salters all offer plenty of material in front of the camera as broadcasters, analysts and hosts.
These names barely scratch the surface of the incredible work that’s been done by women, now and in history. I look forward to exploring the complex, nuanced intersection between sports media and the impressive women involved.