The National Council for the Training of Journalists has launched a campaign aimed at getting more women to pursue a career in sports journalism.
The training body has produced a video with ky Sports News to showcase the roles available to women sports journalists and the contribution that women can make to sports stories.
Currently half of all students on NCTJ-accredited journalism courses are female, but Sky Sports News executive editor Andy Cairns says women are “all too often greatly outnumbered by men” on specialist sports journalist courses.
Andy, above left, who is also a trustee of the NCTJ and chairman of its accreditation board, said: “There can be no barriers to success for those who want to pursue a career in journalism by studying on an NCTJ-accredited course.
“The accreditation board challenges courses to demonstrate that they are open to students from all classes and backgrounds in society.
“I’m especially keen to ensure training centres meet the target that 25pc of students on accredited sports journalism courses should be women by the end of this parliament.”
Martha Kelner, Daily Mail athletics correspondent and former journalism student at the University of Sheffield, said:”I think the more women we can get in the entry level jobs, then the more chance there is for them to rise to the top.”