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Meet the expert panelists to discuss “PAY GAP” on July 28

LAUSANNE: After two well-attended sessions of the AIPS digital seminar “The Cost of Reporting while Female” – UNDERREPRESENTATION and THE FORGOTTEN, the next meeting on Tuesday, July 28, will focus on PAY GAP.

AIPS is happy to announce the names of the panelists for the third session of the women’s seminar, which starts at 2pm CET with an opening remark from AIPS President Gianni Merlo. AIPS Secretary General Jura Ozmec will be the moderator.

PAY GAP The journalism industry is notoriously inconsistent with pay, and women often bear the costs of this disparity. Job offers are often based on salary history, and there’s little transparency around pay within news organizations. Experts say pay transparency is key to reducing the wage gap.


LEILA BEHFERHAT She’s a journalist working in the Algerian public television since 2001, specifically in the sports section. She has been presenting sports news and few of the largest sports programmes on Algerian television for 15 years now.  She’s one of the first Arab commentators on both women’s and men’s football matches on Algerian television. And she covered several international and Olympic events including the Mediterranean Games in Almería, Spain 2005 and also the Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey in 2013, 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and many more. 

Leila Behferhat received the Sports Innovation Award for Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for two years in a row since 2017. She is a member of the Algerian Olympic Committee and the Arab Women’s Media Committee of the Arab Sports Press Association.

CHRISTINE BRENNAN She’s an award-winning national sports columnist for USA Today, a commentator for CNN, ABC News, PBS NewsHour and National Public Radio, a best-selling author and a nationally-known speaker. Named one of the country’s top 10 sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors three times, she has covered the last 18 Olympic Games, summer and winter. In March 2020, Brennan was named the winner of the prestigious Red Smith Award, presented annually to a person who has made “major contributions to sports journalism.”

Brennan was the first woman sports writer at The Miami Herald in 1981 and the first woman to cover Washington’s NFL team as a staff writer at The Washington Post in 1985. She was the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media and started an internship-scholarship program that has supported 175 female students over the past two decades. 

Brennan is the author of seven books. Her 2006 sports memoir, Best Seat in the House, is the only father-daughter memoir written by a sports journalist. Her 1996 national best-seller, Inside Edge, was named one of the top 100 sports books of all-time by Sports Illustrated.

Brennan earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. She is a member of the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement, Northwestern’s Athletic Hall of Fame and the Washington, D.C., Sports Hall of Fame. 

ROSLYN MORRIS After completing her journalism cadetship with News Limited in the late 1970’s Roslyn Morris worked for The Australian, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Mirror newspapers. A move to television saw her join a large regional network where she was bureau chief and on-air reporter/presenter. Morris joined Good Morning Australia in Sydney as a senior on-air reporter before moving to New York, where she worked for UNICEF, and Murdoch’s Star Magazine. Morris later became an international education consultant and then joined AIPS in 2006 as executive editor of AIPS Magazine. She took on the role of AIPS Secretary-General from 2009 – 2016, and is now Honorary Secretary General of AIPS. Morris was instrumental in developing the AIPS Young Reporters Programme and facilitating the role of AIPS as Special Olympics International’s first-ever Global Impact Partner. Most recently she was a member of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Media Advisory Group.

RICA ROY She has spent 21 years in the sports media industry as feature writer, news reporter and broadcast journalist. She has covered several key national and international sports events, interviewed sports icons, administrators and people associated with sport business. Rica Roy has closely followed, analysed and reported on two decades of India and world sports. She currently works with New Delhi Television as Deputy Editor and anchors a sports show called Turning Point on NDTV 24×7 (which is on Covid break, just like Indian sports). In the past she has also covered politics, legal and current affairs as an on-field reporter/broadcaster. Her present role is with the Breakfast Team on NDTV 24×7, where she produces and anchors national and international bulletins. 

However, her core being sports, she’s in the process of launching her podcast programme ‘IT’S A BUSINESS CALLED CRICKET’ with RedFm. Rica Roy is the only female broadcast sports reporter/anchor in India today. In collaboration with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Women in News and Sports programme, she provides media training to Women Journalists in India.  She is a Chevening Scholar, having done her Broadcast Masters from Cardiff University. She was awarded the WINS (Women in News and Sports) Fellowship by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 2020.

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