A field theory analysis of sports journalists’ coverage of social justice protests in sports

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dc.contributor Billings, Andrew
dc.contributor Armstrong, Cory
dc.contributor Vesey, Alyxandra
dc.contributor Vincent, John
dc.contributor.advisor Lowrey, Wilson
dc.contributor.author Broussard, Ryan Mark
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-16T15:03:55Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-16T15:03:55Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003440
dc.identifier.other Broussard_alatus_0004D_13868
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6497
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Sports journalists have historically been anathema to covering socio-political issues related to sports, even as some high-profile athletes have crossed that boundary from sports to socio-political issues. But that is changing as new generations of sports reporters come into the profession with more professional development and education in journalism practices and ethics than previous generations. Using a mixed-method approach of content analysis and semi-structured qualitative interviews and employing Bourdieu’s field theory as the theoretical prism through which to view their responses, this exploratory study aims to better understand why and how sports reporters cover socio-political issues related to sports. Results indicated that a number of factors play into whether sports reporters cover socio-political issues related to sports, such as having the time and resources to properly report on those complex issues, wanting to be seen as more than a sports reporter, and having reporters in other beats who can jump in when the story veers into fields outside of sports. The respondents also identified four story types—“humanity” stories, investigative “deep dives,” off-the-field issues, and “hot takes”—that are used to cover socio-political issues, with each story type having its own factors, contexts, and conditions as to whether that story type will be used on socio-political issues.
dc.format.extent 140 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Journalism
dc.title A field theory analysis of sports journalists’ coverage of social justice protests in sports
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. College of Communication and Information Sciences
etdms.degree.discipline Communication and Information Sciences
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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