1st Edition

Changing Sports Journalism Practice in the Age of Digital Media

Edited By Raymond Boyle Copyright 2020
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    As the funding of journalism moves centre stage as a driver in shaping the new trajectories of journalism in the digital age, this book focuses on how those working in sports journalism have had to adapt and re-invent themselves.

    Running through this international collection are key themes related to sports journalism in the digital environment. These include aspects of disruption to: established norms of journalistic practice; institutional allegiance; the authority and primary definer role of journalism; and the career structure and development for journalists writing about sport. The book draws on empirically-led research that mixes qualitative and quantitative approaches and seeks to better understand and position what is going on across contemporary sports journalism. In so doing, this collection identifies change, but also areas of continuity as well as new opportunities for journalists.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Digital Journalism.

    Introduction – Sports Journalism: Changing journalism practice and digital media

    Raymond Boyle

    1. A Community of Practice: Sport journalism, mobile media and institutional change

    Brett Hutchins and Raymond Boyle

    2. Controlling the Message and the Medium? The impact of sports organisations’ digital and social channels on media access

    Merryn Sherwood, Matthew Nicholson and Timothy Marjoribanks

    3. Cheerleaders or Critics? Australian and Indian sports journalists in the contemporary age

    Peter English

    4. Playing on the Same Pitch: Attitudes of sports journalists towards fan bloggers

    Simon McEnnis

    5. Sports Journalism, Supporters and new Technologies: Challenging the usual complicity between media and football institutions

    Ana Carolina Vimieiro

    6. Data Visualisation in Sports Journalism: Opportunities and challenges of datadriven journalism in German football

    Thomas Horky and Philipp Pelka

    7. Pressure on Printed Press: How soccer clubs determine journalism in the German Bundesliga

    Christoph G. Grimmer

    8. The State of Sport Photojournalism: Concepts, practice and challenges

    Richard Haynes, Adrian Hadland and Paul Lambert

    9. Take Five: How Sports Illustrated and L’Équipe redefine the long-form sports journalism genre

    Christopher Tulloch and Xavier Ramon


    Raymond Boyle is a Professor of Communications at the Centre for Cultural Policy Research at the University of Glasgow, UK. He has published widely for many years on sports, media, and journalism. He is co-Managing Editor of the Media, Culture and Society journal, and his most recent book is The Talent Industry: Television, Cultural Intermediaries and New Digital Pathways (2018).