Sports Journalism is a comprehensive guide to the purpose, principles and practice of this unique profession. Now in a fully revised and updated second edition, including important new material on social media and the rise of on-line journalism, this is still the only book to explore the fundamentals of sports reporting across every media platform.
Combining an introduction to practical skills, contextual discussion of the changing media environment, and important case studies, including the ground-breaking story of Lance Armstrong, the book covers key topics such as:
Laced with revealing anecdotes from the author's own thirty years’ experience of domestic and international sport journalism, and including questions in each chapter to encourage critical reflection and notes on further reading, Sports Journalism is the ultimate insider’s guide and an invaluable student companion.
"This text would be best used by those already with an understanding of journalism practices and rules. … It could also serve as a strong second text in a course and certainly leaves ample opportunity for class discussion about chapter readings. The text would appeal most strongly to those who regularly read sports news and publications and are prepared to take a deeper dive into the discipline."
Keith Strudler, Marist College, USA, International Journal of Sport Communication, 2015, 8, 519 -521.
Preface Acknowledgements Glossary 1. The hardest job ever craved: An almost shameless confession 2. Batting and balling: A short history of sportswriting 3. Whose agenda is it anyway? Sports journalism in the digital age 4. The knowledge 5. Then, in the ﬁnal minute: The match report 6. Breaking the news: The news story 7. ‘Hi,’ said Muhammad, amiably: The interview 8. Beneath the mud: The feature 9. Me, the jury: Expressing yourself (responsibly) 10. The advantage of distance: Periodical journalism 11. Live and exclusive: Broadcasting 12. The safety net: Editing and sub-editing 13. Views from the top 14. St Francis of Hereford: Frank Keating, heart and soul of sportswriting
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