Anna Dmitrieva And Maria Komandnaya: Can Women Be Football Commentators

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Anna Dmitrieva And Maria Komandnaya: Can Women Be Football Commentators
Anna Dmitrieva And Maria Komandnaya: Can Women Be Football Commentators

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THIS WEEKEND IS FOOTBALL COMMENTATOR VASILY UTKIN announced the launch of his own school of sports journalism only for men, and explained his decision in detail in an expanded post on Facebook. Referring to the fact that there are so few women in sports and, in particular, football journalism, Utkin emphasized that he does not see it necessary to “waste time” on their training, since, in his opinion, there will be no sense in this anyway. What exactly is wrong with this position, yesterday, at the request of Meduza, was analyzed by the chief editor of Wonderzine Olga Strakhovskaya and football coach Alla Filina. And today we asked the legendary Anna Dmitrieva and the star of the new generation of sports journalism Maria Komandnaya to comment on the position of women in sports journalism.

Anna Dmitrieva

I agree with the position of Vasya [Utkin] - and not because I am against women. Here we are not just talking about reporter work, but about commentator's business. The commentator, in my opinion, should be knowledgeable, interested and versed in the subject itself. This does not mean that a woman cannot understand football, but for some reason I have never met a good, and indeed normal, female football commentator. This is the way it has traditionally developed. Maybe women are not as interested in this as other sports, or maybe this is because the male audience still trusts the male voice more. Vasily is not some kind of antifeminist, nothing like that. It seems to me that he just knows well people who are interested in football, and focuses on them.

While working at NTV-Plus, I trained future tennis commentators, and Vasya also worked with young guys. They had weekly meetings at which they discussed in detail everything a commentator and correspondent needed to know and be able to do. Under the leadership of Vasily, the formation of those who later became a normal commentator (I mean men) took place. He invited women as trainees - among them was Masha Komandnaya and several other girls - but, in my opinion, they did not take place as commentators. I do not argue - there are girls who would like to become football commentators, but they do not have to deal with Vasya Utkin, let them do it with someone else.

In addition, besides football, there are other sports: rhythmic and artistic gymnastics, tennis. But to be a curious commentator, you need to know all these disciplines from the inside. The commentator does not have a ready-made text - everything should be born “here and now”. For an hour and a half, you are left alone with the viewer, and general phrases will not work here - this is the presenter's lot. The commentator must have something in his heart to talk about it sincerely, and not learn from pieces of paper. It seems that Vasya emphasized that he was not launching a sports journalism school, but a commentary school for young people who are keen on football. Such children often do not study well, and their parents are upset because the children are not doing something promising. At one time such boys came to us, who later became good commentators. What Vasya does is support young people who need to find themselves. It seems to me that Vasily quite rightly decided to create a school only for guys. There is no catch and no challenge to women here.

Maria Command

It seems strange to me to pose the question of whether or not there is a place for women in sports journalism. There is a place for everyone and everywhere - and, sorry, in 2016 I have every right to think so. As they say, women’s rights are human rights.

I have been working in sports journalism for about ten years. I have always loved sports, and already at the age of 14-15, while still in school, I knew exactly what I would do.At our faculty of journalism a seminar of PROsport magazine was held, and from there I ended up in the sports editorial office of NTV-Plus. And off we go. Dima Fedorov worked very actively with all the newcomers - I am very grateful to him. It was Dima who invented the legendary program Football Club, and now he holds a high position at KHL-TV. Dima always said that he sees a big difference between how girls and guys who have just come to the channel work: girls are more diligent, diligent, they are more anxious about their work. Excellent qualities for a sports journalist: after all, in order to prove themselves, they need to be head and shoulders above the guys around them - it just so happened.

I can tell you a couple of illustrative stories about sports journalism. Several years ago I came for an interview with Pavel Datsyuk. He is a hockey player, not a football player, but I think this is still a very clear example. At first Pavel spoke to me through clenched teeth: it seemed to him that in front of him, in a dress and on heels, there was some silly girl sitting. But after an hour of interview, he changed his mind: he thanked for the interesting questions and said thank you for preparing so well. Or here's another example: we have football experts working on the channel (which, by the way, is run by two beautiful women). Usually they are either former footballers or coaches. When we discuss the moments of the game with them before the broadcast, choose the episodes that we will analyze in the studio, I do not hear from them a single drop of sarcasm or disrespect to me. We talk on equal terms, like professionals, for which many thanks to them.

On the air, I don't get into tactical schemes, I don't try to pretend to be an expert - instead, I try to focus on details, bring statistics, appeal to facts. To all girls who dream of doing sports journalism, I can say the following: the main thing is to be in the material, to immerse yourself in it one hundred percent. For more than ten years, I have started every day by reading sports news - this allows me to keep abreast of the main events and makes it possible to talk on the air on almost any topic. By the way, my commentator friends very often help me. When I haven't seen a match, I can easily call Pasha Zanozin, Roma Naguchev, Misha Mossakovsky - they are always happy to answer any of my questions. Friends, you are just world-class.

When it comes to commenting on matches, things are a little more complicated. For example, I don't want to turn into a football commentator - although there are girls who comment on football, and they are wonderful. It's another matter when a girl works as a sideline reporter. This is a journalist who interviews during breaks and after matches. Overseas, these are almost always girls. They work in all sports. For example, Michelle Tafoya, who interviews American football players, is a superstar in her field. The players refer to her as "ma'am" - I think it's terribly sweet. I am sure that Russian sports television will also move in this direction, and we will soon have our own Michel Tafoi. At first, they may be treated with caution. But the dog barks, the caravan moves on - this rule always works for girls in sports journalism.

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