AIPS Seminar: Meet the expert panelists to discuss “Underrepresentation” on July 21

LAUSANNE, July 19, 2020 – With two days to the first session of the AIPS digital seminar, “The Cost of Reporting while Female”, AIPS is proud to announce the names of the panelists that will take the stage on July 21, connected via

UNDERREPRESENTATION The session will open this four-part seminar, which is first of its kind in the sports media industry in terms of global reach. Some of the most important sports journalists and international experts, each coming from different backgrounds, will discuss “underrepresentation”, the key topic in this first meeting. In many countries, majority of high-profile journalists and editors remain male. Although there have been considerable changes in the prospects for women working in the media in the past few decades, women are still noticeably in the minority in top journalistic roles, despite making up the majority of journalism students.

Before the panel discussion begins, a special introduction will be made by theAIPS Vice President Evelyn Watta, a top-notch producer for the Olympic Channel.

The panel discussion will immediately be followed by an open discussion, where participants can share their experiences and ask questions. The AIPS seminar is open to all journalists regardless of gender. Click here to register for the event.

This first appointment, as well as the others to follow, will be held in English with simultaneous interpretations in Arabic, French and Spanish, which will be accessible from the smartphone by downloading the app “Interprefy”.

DONNA DE VARONA President of DAMAR Inc., a sports marketing, production and consultingcompany, is a double Olympic gold medalist and former world record holder in swimming. By the time de Varona retired from her sport aged 17, she had established more than 18 world records and fastest times, competed in two Olympics – the first as a 13-year-old world record holder – and was voted the most outstanding female athlete in the world in 1964-5. She is recognised for her work as an Emmy award-winning sports journalist, having covered 17 Olympic Games. She has been appointed by three IOC Presidents to the Women in Sport Commission and served as Chairman of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. De Varona has served on the United States Olympic Committee Board and Foundation, the United States Soccer Foundation, the International Special Olympics Executive Board, and is an advisor to the US Department of State Empowering Women Through Sport initiative. Drawn from leading sports media organisations and with backgrounds ranging across the sports media spectrum and the Awards categories, the AIPS Sport Media Awards Jury is formed by 11 jurors, chaired by the AIPS President Gianni Merlo.

INAS MAZHAR (Egypt) has 29 years of experience in the fields of sports and media as a press journalist, radio presenter and reporter as well as in sports media administration. She is Deputy Editor in Chief and Head of Sports section at Al Ahram Weekly newspaper. Mazhar holds important positions in the world of sports administration over her career. She is member of Women and Sport Committee at the Egyptian National Olympic Committee, International Relations coordinator for the Egyptian Sports Press Association. In the fields of media consultancy and direction, it is important to mention her experiences as Media Director of major international sports events being held in Egypt. Mazhar became also Media consultant at Special Olympics International MENA region office. She worked in CAF as Media Officer and Match Commissioner of women’s football, and served as media officer to the Egyptian delegations at the Olympic Games and major world championships in various sports. Mazhar’s activities extend then to education, being professor of Sports Media at the American University in Cairo. She futher contributed as speaker in different world sports conferences speaking about women, sports and Media, including three IOC conferences for women and sports.

TRACEY HOLMES (Australia) has worked in journalism and communications for 30 years. She has anchored her own programs on radio and television in several countries around the world, from some of the world’s biggest events, and is a published author. In the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games she was the Media Information Manager with SOCOG (the Sydney Organising Committee) and has combined her knowledge and experience of covering 12 Olympic Games by being appointed as Chief Mentor and program designer for the IOC’s Youth Olympic Games Young Reporters Program overseeing young journalists from across the world, covering all platforms.Tracey’s work has been broadcast on some of the world’s most respected media platforms, including the ABC, CNN International, CGTN, Arirang TV, and Dubai Eye. As a public relations and media professional her past contracts include the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the Australian Bicentennial Authority. As an educator Tracey has designed programs for and lectured for UTS (University of Technology, Sydney), Macleay College (Journalism), the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, the Asian Broadcasting Union (Malaysia) and the IOC’s Young Reporters Program (international). She is an award winning interviewer, having sat down and drawn the best out of a collection of the world’s most interesting people – from Prime Ministers to Presidents, Kings and Sheikhs, from awe inspiring athletes to challenging and thought provoking academics, from legendary entertainers to the most ordinary men and women in the street. She has twice been named as a finalist in Australian journalism’s most prestigious awards, the Walkleys. In 2020 her ABC program The Ticket was named ‘Sport Australia Best Analysis of Sport Business’ program; The Ticket finished runner-up in the international AIPS sport press awards for best audio program; was a finalist in the New York Radio Awards; and Tracey also finished in the final five for the AIPS print journalism award. Her work has taken here around the world several times, she is a sought after guest speaker at international conferences and has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Beijing, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and several cities in Australia. As well as being recognized internationally as a broadcast journalist and anchor of both news/current affairs and sports programs, Tracey has also written extensively for op-ed pages and feature pages of leading daily newspapers, is a published author, has published academic work and has been a regular guest commentator for media outlets around the world.

MARÍA ÁNGELES SAMPERIO MARTÍN(Spain) has been the editor in the economic section of El Diario Montañés in Santander (Cantabria, Spain) for more than 30 years. She is President of the Gender Council of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), which brings together more than 600,000 journalists from all over the world. She represents the Federation of Associations of Journalists of Spain (FAPE). Samperio Martín is also Member of the Women’s Committee of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)while, on behalf of the IFJ, she holds the position of Vice President of Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG)

VIVIANA VILA (Argentina) is a sport journalist, commentator and academic based in Argentina. She entered the history of Argentinian sports journalim by becoming the first football commentator in the national television. She worked 5 years for Todos and Telemundo, before reaching the press boxes of top international events such as FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. Besides the journalistic career, she is Senior Lecturer at the reputed Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

WAKAKO YUKI (Japan) is a renowned sports journalists and Senior Writer working for the Japanese The Yomiuri Shimbun, which is credited to be the newspaper with the largest circulation in the world. She has been covering the Olympic Movement since 1994, including 13 Olympic Games and 8 Paralympic Games. Mrs Yuki has travelled all over the world reporting on sporting events in Sydney, London and Athens as Yomiuri correspondent between 1997 and 2005. She is member of the Sports Agency’s Sports Council since 2015 and also Board member of the Japan Olympic Academy

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