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
1 Why Sports Journalism Matters
Part I: The Trade
2 Sport and Journalism in the 18th and 19th Centuries
3 The Art of Sportswriting
Rob Steen and Huw Richards
7 Regional Newspapers
9 Multiplatform Sports Journalism
10 Broadcasting: Interview with Martin Tyler
12 Public Relations
13 The Sports Editor: Good cop or bad?
14 The Sub-editor
16 Statistics and Records
17 When Dreams fall Apart
Half-time Interval: Interview with David Lacey and Patrick Barclay
Part II: Issues
Rob Steen & Jed Novick
20 Homophobia: Interview with Alex Kay-Jelski
22 National Identity
23 The Olympics
24 Football Hooliganism
25 Football managers and the Press
26 Who Owns the Narrative?
Sam Duncan and Ian Glenn
27 Caster Semenya
28 Lance Armstrong
Peter Bramham and Stephen Wagg
Part III: Trailblazers
29 Frank Keating
30 Hugh McIlvanney
31 Vikki Orvice
32 John Samuel
Part IV: The Future
33 A New Golden Age?
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.