1st Edition

Insights on Reporting Sports in the Digital Age Ethical and Practical Considerations in a Changing Media Landscape

Edited By Roger Domeneghetti Copyright 2022
    204 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This first book in the Journalism Insights series examines the major practical and ethical challenges confronting contemporary sports journalists which have emerged from, or been exacerbated by, the use of digital and social media.

    Combining both quantitative and qualitative research and contributions from industry experts in sports reporting across Europe, America and Australia, the collection offers a valuable look at the digital sports reporting industry today. Issues discussed in the text include the ethical questions created by social media abuse received by sports journalists, the impact of social media on narratives about gender and race, and the ‘silencing’ of journalists over the issue of trans athletes, as well as the impact on ‘traditional’ aspects of sports journalism, such as the match report. The book features first-hand accounts from leading sports reporters and scholars about how these changes have affected the industry and sets out what ‘best practice’ looks like in this field today.

    This book will be a useful resource for scholars and students working in the fields of journalism, media, sports and communication, as well as for current sports journalism practitioners interested in the future of a changing industry.


    Introduction: Sports Journalism 3.0, Beyond Transition by Roger Domeneghetti

    Part I: Ethical considerations in the digital era

    1. Benefit or Burden?: Social media and moral complexities confronting sports journalists by Tom Bradshaw
    2. Digital and Data-Driven Sports Journalism: New Challenges and Perspectives by Jana Wiske and Thomas Horky
    3. (Un)bunch of amateurs: Locating the fifth estate in the sports blogosphere by Simon McEnnis
    4. Part II: Representations and Narratives of Identity

    5. Exploring new media and sport through a gendered lens: enabling possibilities and/or reproducing inequities for women? By Michelle O’Shea and Hazel Maxwell
    6. Transgender athletes in women's sport: anti-social media and the 'silencing' of sports journalism by Daragh Minogue and Becky Thompson
    7. The 'Beautiful Game' in a World of Hate: Sports journalism, football and social media by Daniel Kilvington and John Price
    8. Part III: Practical considerations

    9. Using Twitter to Strengthen Audience Engagement in Sports TV Programmes: An Infotainment Overview by David Puertas-Graell and Pere Masip
    10. The end of the Scoop Scoreboard: Boundary work and breaking news in sports journalism by Brian Moritz and Michael Mirer
    11. The final whistle?: The future of the football match report in the digital age by David Randles

    Conclusion: Navigating the Future by Roger Domeneghetti


    Roger Domeneghetti is a senior lecturer in Journalism at Northumbria University. His research focuses on the history of, and identity representation in, the sports media. Prior to working in higher education, Roger worked as a journalist for a variety of online and print publications for more than 20 years. He is the author of From the Back Page to the Front Room: Football’s Journey Through the English Media and continues to write for publications such as The New European, BBC History Magazine and The Times Literary Supplement.