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JBV3500 Sports Journalism

Sports journalism constitutes an increasing part of the content in modern news media. Described as working in the toy department of journalism, sports journalists are balancing between information and entertainment, between fourth estate and fan club. Sports journalists of today have a lot of knowledge about social, political and economic implications of sports, but seldom find ways to report upon them. The aim of this course is to give the students ideas and skills on how to approach sports and sports journalism critically.

Learning Outcomes


The student has knowledge of

  • open and hidden power structures in sports
  • commercialisation and individualisation of sports
  • doping and other ethical dilemmas
  • fan culture and gender perspectives
  • critical sports journalism


The student

  • has a critical perspective toward sports journalism and analyse one’s own and other’s products in light of this
  • can work independently in the field, access and critically evaluate stories and sources
  • has an understanding of the various genres in sports journalism

General competence

The student

  • can place sports journalism in a historical and genre context
  • can reflect in a balanced and critical manner regarding one’s own professional methods and work
  • has strong language presentation skills

Organization and Working Methods

The course run during the first part of the autumn semester, with three separate gatherings of intensive tuition, with lectures, workshops, group presentations and discussions.

Coursework Requirements

The coursework requirements consist of three obligatory assignments. Two of the assignments will be journalistic products, and one will be an oral group presentation focusing on a subject from the required reading. 

The oral assignment must be approved by the instructor. In the event that the presentation is not approved, the student has the opportunity to hand in a written assignment by the established deadline where necessary improvements are made.

Assessment and Terms of Evaluation

The assessment is an analytical discussion paper connected to one of the journalistic products.

The evaluation is graded according to a scale from A to E for passed and F for not passed.

Two internal evaluators will set the grades.

Students who have failed the ordinary examination, and students with legitimate absence, are entitled to a new examination.


Under revision


Boyle, R. (2006). Sports journalism. Context and Issues. London: Sage.

(Chapter 6 is excluded) (168 pages)

Collins, T. (2013). Sport in Capitalist Society: A Short History . London: Routledge. (192 pages)

Horne, J., Whannel, G. (2016). Understanding the Olympics . London: Routledge. (256 pages).



Boyle, R., Haynes,R. (2009). Power Play: Sport, the Media and Popular Culture. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Chapters 3, 5 and 6. (59 pages)

English, P. (2017). Cheerleaders or Critics? Digital Journalism , vol. 5:5, pp. 532-548. Routledge (17 pages)

Franks, S., O’Neill, D. (2016). Women reporting sport: Still a man’s game? In Journalism vol. 17(4) pp. 474-492. London: Sage. (18 pages)

Giulianotti, R. (2002). Supporters, Followers, Fans, and Flaneurs: A Taxonomy of Spectator Identities in Football. Journal of Sport and Social Issues . 26 (1). Pp 25-46. (19 pages)

Haynes R., Hadland, A., Lambert, P. (2017). The State Of Sport Photojournalism. Digital Journalism , vol. 5:5, pp. 636-651. Routledge (16 pages)

Hornmoen, H. (2012). Battling for Belonging. How club and Supporter Identities are Created in the Mediation of an Oslo Derby. In Krøvel, R. and Roksvold, T. (eds.), We Love to Hate Each Other. Mediated Football Fan Culture. Gøteborg: Nordicom. (22 pages)

Hutchins, B., Boyle, R. (2017). A Community of Practice.   Digital Journalism , vol. 5:5, pp. 496-512. Routledge (17 pages)

Hynes, D. (2012). “Jaysus! Is Janno a Bird?” A Study of Femininity and Football Fans in Online Forums. In Krøvel, R.,  Roksvold, T. (eds.), We Love to Hate Each Other. Mediated Football Fan Culture. Gøteborg: Nordicom. (18 pages)

Radmann, A. (2012). The New Media and Hooliganism. Constructing Media Identities. In Krøvel, R., Roksvold, T. (eds.), We Love to Hate Each Other. Mediated Football Fan Culture. Gøteborg: Nordicom. (18 pages)

Roksvold, T. (2012). A Hundred Years of Football Reporting in Norwegian Newspapers. In Krøvel, R., Roksvold, T. (eds.), We Love to Hate Each Other. Mediated Football Fan Culture. Gøteborg: Nordicom. (28 pages)

Rowe, D. (2005). Fourth estate or fan club? Sports journalism engages the popular. In Allan, S. (ed.), Journalism: Critical Issues . Open University Press (11 pages)

Rowe, D. (2007). Sports journalism: Still the `toy department' of the news media? Journalism August 2007 vol. 8 no. 4 385-405. Sage (20 pages)

Rowe, D. (2016). Sports Journalism and the FIFA Scandal: Personalization, Co-optation and Investigation . Communication & Sport , pp. 1-19. London: Sage (19 pages)

Sherwood, M., Nicholson, M., Marjoribanks, T. (2017). Controlling the Message and the Medium? Digital Journalism , vol. 5:5, pp. 513-531. Routledge (19 pages)

Tulloch, C., Ramon, X. (2017). Take Five. Digital Journalism , vol. 5:5, pp. 652-672. Routledge (21 pages)


Total: 938 pages

On the exam the students can be examined in all of the material covered in the course of instruction including material which is not specifically covered in the required reading.

(Literature list last updated: Mai 2017)

About the course

Sportsjournalistikk Bachelor's Programme in Journalism 15 ECTS 5 English or Norwegian 2017

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