Playing on the same pitch: attitudes of sports journalists towards fan bloggers

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McEnnis, Simon (2016) Playing on the same pitch: attitudes of sports journalists towards fan bloggers Digital Journalism, 5 (5). pp. 549-566. ISSN 2167-0811

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Abstract

Sports journalism’s perceived proximity to fandom has posed professional problems relating to status, prestige and standards. Sports journalists are now seeing performative aspects of their occupational practice appropriated by fans using digital platforms. This paper outlines a study that involved in-depth semi-structured interviews with U.K. print sports journalists to explore what fan blogging has meant for their occupational identity. This study found sports journalists did not consider fan bloggers to be a threat to their professional distinctiveness. Bloggers seeking to emulate sports journalism’s daily beat routines were seen as conflictive. However, participants considered the occupation to be safeguarded by privileged accreditation to professional sport and access to resources. The study also discovered sports journalists held nuanced attitudes towards bloggers and did not necessarily see them as inferior. Sports journalists saw a value in bloggers with niche, writer-driven interests in providing complementary content to mainstream media. Sports journalists could legitimise blogs through acceptance and adoption while asserting their own cultural dominance. There were positive indications this expansion and diversification of the sports section of print media websites could lead to a range of perspectives and exposure of marginal voices. Participants also indicated blogging had become an entry route into the occupation.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Digital Journalism on 27/10/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21670811.2016.1246374
Uncontrolled Keywords: sports journalism;blogging; media; communication; print; digital; occupation; Web 2.0
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism > P590 Journalism not elsewhere classified
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies > P304 Electronic Media Studies
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies > P310 Media Production
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P400 Publishing > P420 Multimedia publishing
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies > P320 Sociology of Media
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies > P390 Media studies not elsewhere classified
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L390 Sociology not elsewhere classified
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies > P305 Paper-based media studies
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P400 Publishing
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P400 Publishing > P410 Electronic publishing
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P400 Publishing > P413 Publishing via the World Wide Web
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P400 Publishing > P430 Interactive publishing
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P400 Publishing > P490 Publishing not elsewhere classified
P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P500 Journalism > P510 Factual reporting
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/21670811.2016.1246374
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2016 03:01
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2018 00:38
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/16196

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