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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Sports Journalism

ISBN 9780367563592
Published January 9, 2023 by Routledge
424 Pages

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Sports Journalism is a comprehensive and in-depth survey of the fast-moving and multifaceted world of sports journalism. Encompassing historical and contemporary analysis, and case studies exploring best practice as well as cutting edge themes and issues, the book also represents an impassioned defence of the skill and art of the trained journalist in an era of unmediated digital commentary.


With contributions from leading sports-media scholars and practising journalists, the book examines journalism across print, broadcast and digital media, exploring the everyday reality of working as a contemporary reporter, editor or sub-editor.  It considers the organisations that shape output, from PR departments to press agencies, as well as the socio-political themes that influence both content and process, such as identity, race and gender.  The book also includes interviews with, and biographies of, well-known journalists, as well as case studies looking at the way that some of the biggest names in world sport, from Lance Armstrong to Caster Semenya, have been reported.


This is essential reading for all students, researchers and professionals working in sports journalism, sports broadcasting, sports marketing and management, or the sociology or history of sport.

Table of Contents


Jed Novick


1          Why Sports Journalism Matters                    

            Rob Steen


Part I: The Trade


2          Sport and Journalism in the 18th and 19th Centuries   

            Mike Huggins


3          The Art of Sportswriting                             

            Rob Steen and Huw Richards


4          Newspapers                                                  

            Guy Hodgson


5          Tabloids                                                     

            Rob Shepherd


6          Agencies                                                       

            John Mehaffey


7          Regional Newspapers                                  

            Graham Hiley


8          Fanzines                                                        

            Huw Richards


9          Multiplatform Sports Journalism                 

            Mark Barden


10         Broadcasting: Interview with Martin Tyler  

             Adrienne Rosen


11        Twitter                                                           

            Simon McEnnis


12        Public Relations                                           

            Owen Evans


13        The Sports Editor: Good cop or bad?         

            Paul Weaver


14        The Sub-editor                                             

            Charles Morris


15        Humour                                                          

            Rob Steen


16        Statistics and Records                                   

            Huw Richards


17        When Dreams fall Apart                                                       

            Rob Steen


Half-time Interval: Interview with David Lacey and Patrick Barclay        

Rob Steen


Part II: Issues


18        Race                                                                      

            Rob Steen & Jed Novick


19        Sexuality                                                              

            Neil Farrington


20        Homophobia: Interview with Alex Kay-Jelski   

            Neil Farrington


21        Money                                                                 

            Peter Berlin


22        National Identity                                                 

            Peter English


23        The Olympics                                                      

            Gareth Edwards


24        Football Hooliganism                                           

            Roger Domeneghetti


25        Football managers and the Press                          

            Stephen Wagg


26        Who Owns the Narrative?                                   

            Sam Duncan and Ian Glenn


27        Caster Semenya                                                    

            John Price


28        Lance Armstrong                                                  

            Peter Bramham and Stephen Wagg




Part III: Trailblazers


29        Frank Keating                                                      

            Rob Steen


30        Hugh McIlvanney                                                      

            Kevin Mitchell


31        Vikki Orvice

            Steven Howard


32        John Samuel                                                         

            Matthew Engel


Part IV: The Future


33        A New Golden Age?                                           

            Raymond Boyle


34        Diversity                                                              

            Carrie Dunn


35        Reporting                                                             

            Toby Miller

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Rob Steen is an author, journalist and sportswriter, and former senior lecturer and co-leader of the BA (Hons) Sport Journalism course at the University of Brighton, UK. He has been cricket correspondent for the Financial Times and deputy sports editor for the Sunday Times. He has written for many other newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Independent and Independent on Sunday, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, The Age (Melbourne), India Today and Hindustan Times. He won the 1995 Cricket Society Literary Award, the UK section of the 2005 EU Journalism Award "for diversity, against discrimination", and has been shortlisted twice for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award, and once for the Lord Aberdare Prize for Sports History.


Jed Novick is an author, journalist and sportswriter, as well as senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Sport Journalism and Journalism courses at the University of Brighton, UK. He has written for The Times (sportswriter), The Independent (TV editor), The Guardian (arts writer), The Observer (deputy arts editor) and the Daily Express (arts editor), as well as a number of magazines and journals.


Huw Richards has been rugby correspondent of the Financial Times, cricket correspondent of the International Herald Tribune, staff reporter on the Times Higher Education Supplement and associate lecturer at London Metropolitan and St Mary’s Twickenham Universities and the London College of Communication. He has also been shortlisted for the William Hill prize and the Aberdare Prize for Sports History.