The Chieftain is gender biased in its sports coverage.

For the past several weeks, the Joseph High School girls volleyball team has been on a historic run of wins, including going undefeated in Old Oregon League play and winning the District 7 tournament (for only the second time since the 1980s) to advance to state. During that time, the Chieftain has repeatedly chosen to highlight football and boys cross-country over covering volleyball. I don’t grudge those teams and individuals the coverage, but I do object to those stories receiving at least three times the space in the sports section than the girls receive.

This Oct. 27 issue took the cake. Instead of detailed coverage of the Eagles' win at district last weekend and publishing the all-league team members from Wallowa and Joseph and player of the year who is from Joseph — all of whom were announced at the end of the volleyball tournament — the Chieftain chose to publish and feature at the top of its sports section a detailed retrospective of the best decades of football at each school in the county. The coverage of the girls' story takes one minute to read, according to the Chieftain web site. The football retrospective is a four-minute read. This choice only served to emphasize your bias.

Step up and do the right thing. Cover girls sports with the same dedication and column space as you give to boys sports.

Benjamin Curry


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