Multiplatform sports journalism

Authored by: Mark Barden

Routledge Handbook of Sports Journalism

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

Print ISBN: 9781138671874
eBook ISBN: 9781315616704
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315616704-9

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Abstract

Once upon a time there were newspapers and periodicals, radio and newsreels and television and, in a few instances, film. Now there is multiplatform. Where does one medium stop and another start? For the young trainee journalist, is it even possible to say, “I want to be a sports writer”? To get on, must you just provide content? It's not a surprise. In the UK, national newspaper sales fell by 19.7 per cent between 2000 and 2009 and continue to decline. For the individual journalist, the new media landscape has created employment opportunities, new ways of sharing content with audiences, a need for new skills and the ability to work more efficiently. It has also created more work. But ask any journalist what working across multiple platforms involves and the stock answer will be: “working harder and longer”. Tom Fordyce, co-host of That Peter Crouch Podcast, says multiplatform is both a boon and bane for sports journalists. “It creates some great opportunities, but can also be totally relentless. There's always something happening; you feel like you should always be on your phone, and people assume you are always available.”

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