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Australian Sports Journalism
Power, Control and Threats

ISBN 9780367857813
Published November 30, 2020 by Routledge
130 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This insightful volume explores the major challenges facing sports journalism in Australia today, discussing how, in an environment dominated by sports organisations and increasing commercial factors, the role of the sports journalist is being severely compromised.

By combining quantitative and qualitative responses from 120 sports journalists with previous research and placing these in the theoretical lenses of field and gatekeeping theories, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the field of Australian sports journalism. Topics discussed include ethical questions in reporting on sports, the role of women in sports journalism, and the increased commercialisation of the field, as well as journalists’ perceptions on sports organisations and the changing access for media. The book also offers suggestions for the future of the industry, and two contemporary conceptual models are developed.

Offering important insight into the workings of contemporary sports journalism in Australia, this book is a useful resource for academics and students around the world in the fields of journalism, media, sports and communication.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Australian sports journalism in a global context

Chapter 2 - The field of Australian sports journalism

Chapter 3 – The commercialisation of sports journalism

Chapter 4 - Sports organisations and media dominance

Chapter 5 – Suggestions for the future of sports journalism

Chapter 6 - Contemporary models of sports journalism



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Peter English is an academic and journalist who has spent the past two decades working in sports journalism. He is Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. His main research area is sports journalism, and he continues to write for domestic and international publications.