Urban Reporting Research Log

Urban Journalism Research Log

 

Website Articles

Sports Journalism

Has the Growth of Sports Broadcasting Jobs Negatively Impacted Sports Journalism?

https://www.workinsports.com/blog/video-has-the-growth-of-sports-broadcasting-jobs-negatively-impacted-sports-journalism/

This article talks about whether the growth of sports journalism is seen as a good or bad thing using the influx of sport journalism as a positive of the growth of sports journalism.  I like the way this articles talk about how this industry is growing more and more powerful and that it is offering more and more jobs for people who want to become sports journalists.

Breaking into sports journalism – The Guardian -Alison White

http://careers.theguardian.com/sports-journalism

This web article talks about how easy/hard it is to get into sports journalism. This piece also gives the opinion of sports journalists in today’s world such as Keith Elliot and Steven Downes who give their opinions based on their experiences of becoming a sports journalist.  This gives me an idea of how today’s industry caters for sports journalists which will be a large part of my TV show.

How do I become a sports journalist? Sports Journalists Association – Keith Elliot

 http://www.sportsjournalists.co.uk/courses-and-training/dear-keith-how-do-i-become-a-sports-journalist/

Like the last article, this shows the first hand experience of Keith Elliot and his opinions of becoming a sports journalists with him claiming that you should become a “journalist first” before coming a sports journalist. Keith Elliot is truthful about the chances of getting into sports journalism in this article which gives me an idea to replicate the reality of sports journalism in my programme.

My life-changing plunge into sports journalism – Kieran Beckles

http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/life-changing-plunge-sports-journalism-163900388.html

Again this article consists of a journalists (Kieran Beckles) first hand experiences in his career of being a sports journalist. The author claims that he had a hard time during the recession and made his rise in sports journalism by setting up a website with his friend that became successful.

PDF

 Twitter’s Impact on Sports Journalism Practice: Where a New Medium Meets and Old Art – Kyle Sears

http://scholarworks.gsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1073&context=communication_theses

I decided to try and use PDF files as a secondary source and in this PDF the article talks about the way Twitter in particular has helped make an impact on sports journalism.  This piece goes into a lot of depth on how twitter is being used by many media outlets such as ESPN and the way its has boosted sports journalist articles and possible ways it has affected this field.

 Social Media and Sports Journalism: How is the rise of Twitter affecting football journalism?

Louise Matthews and Daniel Anwar

http://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/cjcr/files/2013/10/JNC-2013-Chapter-18-Matthews-and-Anwar.pdf

This is another PDF file that talks about how social media has affected sports journalism and clearly outlines how Twitter is proving as a massive help in promoting individuals articles on sports. This piece also goes into the negatives social media has to sports journalism and gives quotes from respected journalists both talking about the good and bad points of being a sports journalist. After using PDF files to help my research, I can say that I will use them again as I find that they are very informative.

 Media City

 http://www.mediacityuk.co.uk

I knew about the media city in Manchester and decided to try and research It more by going on to their own website. Manchester is growing, and the introduction of the media city has brought opportunities to Manchester such as the BBC coming to Manchester. I didn’t find that much information on the media city so I don’t think I will be using these type of research sources again as I don’t think they will be a massive help.

 YouTube Videos

GoThinkBig Sessions: How to get into Sports Journalism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN1cyECxVg8

I have tried using YouTube as a secondary research source. This video was about sports reporters talking about peoples chances of getting into the sports journalism industry.  I find this helpful as I get the first hand opinion on sports reporters.

Sports Journalism & Social Media Future

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C41wdPzYPU

This video talks about the way social media has had an effect on sports journalism. This video has a lot of knowledge but is based in America which may differ to the UK which is what I will mainly focus on my tv news section on the BBC.

How Blogs and Social Media are Affecting Sports Journalism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8h-x9a2Ebw

This is another YouTube video which talks about the ways which social media is being used to help improve sport journalism. Although the YouTube videos were informative I find it hard to scan through the information as you will have to search through the entire video to find a bit of information.

Secondary Research

 

On the whole I found it hard to research about how journalism could be affected in an urban environment as there were not many articles or videos regarding this matter.  I had to research about peoples chances of getting into sports journalism and how social media Is having and effect on sport journalism today. From my research I got a lot of opinions from professional sports reporters who gave me a first hand idea of how this industry works.

The next time I aim to improve by not taking as much time as I di d on my secondary research and instead improving my primary research from sports journalists in an urban environment and directly ask them how their environment has helped and may help them with creating their articles.

Questionnaire

Primary Research

For my questionnaire I am asking a friend David Nicoll (creator and writer for rugby website www.intheloose.com) about how living in an urban environment has helped him produce his sport journalism pieces. In addition to this I am also asking him about how social media has helped him with sports journalism which will give me a good idea on how to approach my BBC news programme. I chose this person because they are running a growing sports website and live in Manchester  which is an urban environment.

More Experienced Sport Journalist

Question 1 – Could you tell me about your journalism experiences so far?

Question 2 – How easy did you find it to start creating journalistic article?

Question 3 – Do you have much competition in your Journalistic field?

Question 4 – How would you say living in urban environment has helped you with creating your articles?

Question 5 – Have you used social media to help promote your website? If so, has it helped?

Question 6 – What advice would you give to young aspiring journalists?

Question 7 – And finally, have you made any mistakes in your time as a journalist?

Less Experienced Sport Journalist

Question 1 – Could you tell me about your journalism experiences so far?

Question 2 – How easy did you find it to start creating journalistic article?

Question 3 – Do you have much competition in your Journalistic field?

Question 4 – Would you say living in urban environment would help you with creating your articles?

Question 5 – Have you used social media to help promote your work? If so, has it helped?

Question 6 – What advice would you give to young aspiring journalists?

Question Summary

I opened the questionnaire with a friendly question that will nicely introduce the interviewee into the questionnaire so he feels comfortable to answer the questions I ask him. The other questions I ask are open questions that will force my interviewee to give me a more in depth answer.  I asked these questions because I am looking for a detailed answer so that the programme I will produce would be very informative about sports journalists.

The questionnaire also ends with a friendly question which is more of a less serious question. The interview is specially designed to aim and get the most information out of the interviewee as possible that is why I included all the open questions as I don’t want a simple yes or no question which would be a closed question.

I have created two different types of questionnaires. One for the more experienced sport journalist and one for a less experienced one which will give me the opinion of the two different sport journalists. It will be interesting to compare someone who is starting out as a journalist and someone who is further along the line as a sports journalist.

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