CFP: Sports journalism

Special issue of Digital Journalism and Journalism Practice is looking for papers about sports journalism.

“Despite a notable increase in the academic scrutiny of sports journalism in recent years it remains a strangely under researched area of journalism studies given its profile and national and international reach”, states the announcement.

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  • Broadcasting Sports Journalism: How does journalistic practice differ between broadcast rights and non-rights holders and between print and broadcast journalists?
  • Sports Public Relations: What is the relationship between sports journalists and the sports public relations industry and how is this changing in the digital age?
  • Social Media: How are social media altering the relationship between sports journalism and those it reports on (players, events) and those it reports to (the audience)? What has been the impact on sports journalistic practice of digital media?
  • More than football: While football dominates many domestic sports markets, what are the key challenges facing journalists working across other sports? To what extent are the issues faced by sports journalists shaped by the specific nature of the cultural or media market they operate within?
  • Access all areas: In a social media age when television offers extensive coverage of sports and supporters can see themselves as citizen reporters, what is the modern role of the sports journalist and how does this differ, if at all from the sportswriter?
  • Investigating Sports. As issues of sports governance and the politics of sport have become more important, how have journalists in the digital age responded to this environment? Is it still valid to characterise journalists working in sport as being simply cheer leaders? What pressures do sports journalists face as sports clubs attempt to exert more control over their image and reporting?
  • Journalism and Gender: Why does much of sports journalism remain so resolutely male in terms of its mainstream practitioners? Is this changing, and has digital media begun to alter this historical imbalance?


Deadline for abstracts is 4 December 2015. Abstracts are accepted and full papers invited in January 2016.

More information is available here.

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