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Sports Journalism

Sports Journalism
A Practical Introduction

Second Edition

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Journalism | Public Relations

October 2013 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The sports journalist of today needs to be well equipped for the digital age. From the challenges of minute-by-minute reporting to the demands of writing for online outlets, blogging and podcasting, sports journalism is now fully immersed in new and social media.

Sports Journalism: A Practical Guide will give you the skills you need to navigate these new platforms, whilst also teaching you the basics of interviewing, reporting, feature writing for print and commentary for radio and television. This new edition now includes:

  • New examples demonstrating the use of social media in sports journalism
  • A new chapter on the current professional working practice of sports journalism, covering the skills required of agency and freelance journalists today
  • A new chapter on sports public relations
  • Expanded coverage of radio and television sports journalism, with more emphasis on commentary and multi-platform working
  • Quotes from working journalists, offering valuable insights into the industry.

This book is a complete guide to the practice of sports journalism across all platforms: print, online, radio, television and social media sites.

Preface to the Second Edition

Introduction: The Best Job in the World?
Context Setting: Media Environments
The Sports Desk
Reporting the Action
Sports News and Photography
Sports Features
Broadcast Media
Online Journalism
Sports News Agencies and Freelancing
Sports Public Relations
Appendix 1: Getting a Job

Appendix 2: Copyright

Appendix 3: Legal and Ethical Issues





Phil Andrews’ book Sports Journalism is a must-have for students studying the business. It is detailed, readable, and up-to-date including plenty of information and tips on exploring the potential of online sports journalism. Essential reading on my course.

Charlie Lambert
School of Journalism, Media & Communication, University of Central Lancashire

Sports journalism: A Practical Introduction provides budding sports journalists with an ideal guide to the world of sports journalism. This simple to read and informative guide takes the reader on a detailed, practical and up-to-date journey through the various elements of practical sports journalism, from writing, to commentary and social networking.

John Cafferkey
University of Lincoln

Nine years have elapsed since this book was first published – and in that period Sports Journalism has been transformed by the growth of social media and the ever-increasing influence of PR. This latest edition recognises that, with references to the ‘new age’ underpinned by the traditional crafts and techniques. It is invaluable to those studying Sports Journalism, and for those wanting to brush-up on their skills.

Ian Bayley
Staffordshire University

A highly engaging, relevant and up-to-date overview of the essential elements of sports journalism. The book contains excellent tasks and strong examples of work across a variety of platforms. It is a key text for my Sports Journalism degree and I also use it for the sport module in the University of Gloucestershire's Journalism degree.

Mr Tom Bradshaw
Fac of Media, Art & Communications, Gloucestershire University
January 7, 2015

Well written. Provides explanations and very good examples

Dr Ilan Tamir
school of communication, Bar-Ilan University
January 31, 2016

Essential supporting text for our new Sports Journalism degree course.

Relevant and accessible - reflecting growth of digital and social media within the industry. The new chapters on working as a freelance and the relationship between Sports Journalism and Sports PR are particularly valuable.

Erika Barnes
Fac of Media, Art & Communications, Gloucestershire University
February 17, 2014

Phil Andrews

I am a senior lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam University and I teach on the sports journalism and international broadcast journalism postgraduate courses. My background is in sports and television journalism, and I am the author of the standard text on sports journalism, used in universities throughout the world - Sport Journalism: A practical Introduction, published by Sage, London. More About Author

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