Moral agency in sports journalism: A phenomenological analysis

Bradshaw, Tom ORCID: 0000-0003-0780-416X (2021) Moral agency in sports journalism: A phenomenological analysis. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics., 18 (1/2). pp. 14-23.

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This paper examines the ethical issues facing contemporary UK sports journalists through a use of qualitative, phenomenological methods. The sense of moral agency felt by sports journalists is captured through a combination of the Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of diaries kept by sports journalists and through autoethnographic logs kept by the researcher. The diaries and logs span the period 2016-2019. The varieties and prevalence of self-censorship, the peripheral relevance of codes of conduct, and the nature of the duties felt by sports journalists emerge as key themes. The analysis of the data challenges traditional pejorative notions of sports journalists being ‘cheerleaders’ of news organisations’ ‘toy departments’.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sports journalism; ethics; interpretative phenomenological analysis; autoethnography; Rugby World Cup
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN4699 Journalism
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2021 13:47
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 15:53

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