Across all media - print, broadcast as well as online - sports journalism has come to occupy an increasingly visible space. Sports Journalism: Media, Sports and Society looks at the institutional, cultural, and economic environment and provides an invaluable overview of contemporary sports journalism across all media forms. This book offers a unique and up-to-date in-depth analysis of Sports Journalism as organized, produced, and consumed.

Introduction: Sports Journalism and Journalism about Sports

Introduction: Sports Journalism and Journalism about Sports

Introduction: Sports journalism and journalism about sports

I'm a sportswriter. I watch all sorts of sports in all sorts of countries, then write reports and feature articles about them which are published in a newspaper. This is a fine and privileged occupation, and one to be disclosed with tact. People who do respectable, important jobs don't like to hear about it. They get grumpy, or vindictive. Sports writing is categorised alongside beer-tasting and aphrodisiac-evaluation. People say: ‘More of a hobby than a job, isn't it?’

Andrew Baker, Sportswriter, The Daily Telegraph (2004: ix) Where Am I & Who's Winning? London: Yellow Jersey Press.

Opening Up

Sports journalism in many ways remains a paradox. In the hierarchy of professional journalism it has been ...

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