1st Edition

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

Edited By

Roger Domeneghetti

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ISBN 9780367819484
July 20, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description


This second book in the Routledge 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 of 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 to scholars and students working in the fields of journalism, media, sports, and communication, as well as to current sports journalism practitioners interested in the future of a changing industry.

Table of Contents


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 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 Dan 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 & Pere Masip
  10. The end of the Scoop Scoreboard: Boundary work and breaking news in sports journalism by Brian Moritz & 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

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Roger Domeneghetti is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Northumbria University. Prior to this he worked as a journalist for a variety of publications of 20 years. He is the author of From the Back Page to the Front Room: Football’s Journey Through the English Media.