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Authored by: Simon McEnnis

Routledge Handbook of Sports Journalism

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138671874
eBook ISBN: 9781315616704
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315616704-11

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Abstract

As Umberto Eco has said, sport lends itself to chatter. If Twitter is a conversation, then sport is inevitably going to be at the heart of it. Sport is also about opinions and arguments – and Twitter is made for all that. Twitter also feeds the journalist's need to be first, to get the story out before anyone else. But what about the other side? What about the flow of unregulated stories? How can you trust them? How can you be sure of their veracity? Have Twitter and other social media changed the way sport is reported? Has the rush to tweet made reporting more about opinion than reporting? Or has it created a new hybrid form? Either way, the genie is seriously out of the bottle.

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