Friday, June 19, 2015

Women in sport and online media

PIC via action photographer Mira Geh Facebook page
The internet is such a dark place for many women but for women in sport it’s become the place to go for information and support. Online journalism speaks to us in a way pages of men-only sport in magazines or newspapers just can’t.

This week I came across an exciting video project from Thailand, and a new magazine from England. Twitter is great for these finds – I made a list here for some good accounts to follow.

The blurb for this start-up magazine app says: “Sports Liberated is a multi-media hub focusing on women and girls in sport. That’s right, WAGs. It comprises a website updated daily, a monthly free digital magazine and a weekly radio show. There’s also a TV pilot in the offing but that’s a whole other story.  A plethora of women in sport stories are just waiting to be unearthed and it is in the telling of these tales that Sports Liberated, in all its guises, focuses.”

Publisher Jo Gunston is a former gymnast and has worked with the BBC and the Sunday Times, some of her team also bring solid media credentials.

Unlike most women’s sites which start off as free blogs, Gunstun is going for it with a Kickstarter campaign. This launched a few days ago and they have almost £1,500 (€2000 roughly) already. You can donate or promote from that page if it rocks your boat.


American fighter Sylvie von Duuglas Ittu found this video below on Youtube and tweeted it over. It’s made by a student at Bangkok’s Assumption University Mantakarn Sornsungthong and seems to be her Communications studies thesis. (a little support from the featured gym and a beer company along the way too).

It’s subtitled, and will leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling about the power of sports!

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Melissa Ray said...

The gym, Rajadamnern Singha Muay Thai Academy (or RSM) is actually sponsored by Singha. They have a little write up about the partnership on their website.

real girl sport said...

@ ah, thanks Melissa. Think I'll contact them and ask about the students too - follow-on blog post on the way.