Inside the Sports Pages: Work Routines,Professional Ideologies,and the Manufacture of Sports News

Inside the Sports Pages: Work Routines,Professional Ideologies,and the Manufacture of Sports News

by Mark Douglas Lowes


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Inside the Sports Pages explores the working world of contemporary sports journalism through the eyes of the reporters, editors, athletes and media-relations people who inhabit it.

In this first comprehensive study of the work routines and professional ideologies involved in the manufacture of sports news, Mark Douglas Lowes presents a detailed and richly textured ethnographic account of life on the sports desk at a major Canadian daily newspaper. His wide-ranging analysis considers the role of the 'audience commodity' in sports news production, the dynamics of the newsroom, and the complex relations between reporters and their routine sources on the sports beat. The book concludes with an assessment of the ideological nature of sports news, and argues that sports coverage functions primarily as a promotional vehicle for the North American 'major league' sports industry. It will be of interest to anyone concerned about how the media report sports news- and the way they leave some of it unreported.

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ISBN-13: 9780802043597
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 03/13/1999
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 6.23(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Mark Douglas Lowes is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa.

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Geoffrey S. Smith

'Sport is now, on all levels, indistinguishable from commercial entertainment. Lowes traces one reason for this development - the servile assistance rendered by writers for Canada's sports pages. There can be no doubt after reading Lowes' book that this unholy symbiosis is part of a larger cultural progression toward greater and more integrated corporate systems. Not only do fans root for "laundry" - players that will be gone tomorrow, replaced by others - we see precious little in the sports pages that corporate entertainment does not want us to see.'

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