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Routledge Handbook of Sports Journalism

Edited by: Rob Steen , Jed Novick , Huw Richards

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138671874
eBook ISBN: 9781315616704
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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

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Why sports journalism matters Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Sport and journalism in the 18th and 19th centuries Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The art of sportswriting Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Newspapers Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Tabloids Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Agencies Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Regional newspapers Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Fanzines Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Multiplatform sports journalism Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Broadcasting: Interview with Martin Tyler Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Twitter Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Public relations Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The sports editor: Good cop or bad? Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The sub-editor Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Humour Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Statistics and records Download PDF
Chapter  17:  When dreams fall apart Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Half-time interval: Interview with David Lacey and Patrick Barclay Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Race Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Sexuality Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Homophobia: Interview with Alex Kay-Jelski Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Money Download PDF
Chapter  23:  National identity Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Olympics Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Football hooliganism Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Football managers and the press Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Who owns the narrative? Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Caster Semenya Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Lance Armstrong Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Frank Keating Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Hugh McIlvanney  Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Vikki Orvice  Download PDF
Chapter  33:  John Samuel  Download PDF
Chapter  34:  A new Golden Age? Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Diversity Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Reporting Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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