Liye Fu, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil and Lillian Lee of Cornell University recently released their study: “Using language models to quantify gender bias in sports journalism“.
The researchers ran an algorithm to analyze the differences in word usage
during pre- and post-game press conferences with professional tennis players. When they completed their study, they found that:
“journalists ask male players questions that are generally more focused on the game when compared with the questions they ask their female counterparts… [However] it is conceivable that the disparities we observe are explained by differences in the journalists that are assigned to conduct the respective interviews”.
So, their findings had two basic interpretations:
- A.) Sports journalists treat don’t treat female athletes with the same respect they reserve for male athletes, or:
- B.) Media companies hire crappier journalists to cover women’s sports