1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Sports Journalism

Edited By Rob Steen, Jed Novick, Huw Richards Copyright 2021
    424 Pages
    by Routledge

    424 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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.