Sports Gazette

by sports journalism students at St Mary's University, London

Sports Journalism: Ethical Minefield or Vacuum?

Posted on 28 June 2018 by Joe Leavey

The British media are no strangers to ethical controversies. Phone-hacking scandals, the Fake Sheikh, and treatment of Christopher Jefferies have all tarnished the reputation of the press in this country in recent years.

Sports Journalism, however, seems to have escaped these preconceptions. Perhaps because of the nature of the subject in question – sport is viewed as an inherently positive sphere – and the fact that it is something from which so many take great pleasure, but Sports Journalism is not without its checkered past.

Here, Joe Leavey explores the changing relationship between Sports Journalism and ethical practice in the media.