Out With The Old, In With The New: The Threat of Social Media on the Practice of Sports Journalism ba (Hons) sport

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Appendix A

Participant Information Sheet

I am a student at Durham University currently researching for my undergraduate degree in BA Sport. The focus of this particular study, of which is my final year dissertation, is the impact social media has on the profession of sports journalism.

Recent shifts towards a suggested ‘digital age’, highly stimulated by advancing technology, have caused recent controversies, by athletes, fans and journalists themselves, in the domain of sports journalism. Consequently, I am looking to assess how the implications of an increasingly dominant social media arena can affect the occupation of sports journalism, and the work of sports journalists.

I am, therefore, interested in learning more about your personal opinion on the subject and any personal experience you may have had concerning social media and your vocation. This will require you to complete an interview, with myself, at your convenience either face-to-face, via Skye, or another suitable method negotiated between both interviewee and interviewer. Please note that all of your answers will be used with the highest confidentiality and in conduct with the Data Protection Act: 1998.

Your answers from the interview will be transcribed and accordingly used to form a conclusion regarding the dissertation focus.

I would like to thank you very much in advance for your time and honest answers.

Appendix B

Consent Form


Full title of Project: Out With The Old, In With The New:

The Threat of Social Media on the Practice of Sports Journalism

Name, position and contact address of Researcher:

Emily Clark

Durham University Student

4 Church Street Villas,


Co. Durham,





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I confirm that I have read and understand the information sheet for the above study and have had the opportunity to ask questions.

I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time, without giving reason.

I agree to take part in the above study.

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I agree to the interview being audio recorded

I agree to the use of anonymised quotes in publications

I agree that my data gathered in this study may be stored (after it has been anonymised) in a specialist data centre and may be used for future research.

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Appendix C

Interview Schedule

  1. What is your name?

  2. Who is your employer?

  3. Please provide a description of your job.

  4. How many years of experience do you have?

  5. How long have you been using Twitter in a working capacity?

  6. What were your reasons for beginning to use Twitter?

  7. How is Twitter involved in your daily working schedule?

  8. Do you use Twitter to gain information as a source from athletes/coaches etc.?

  9. Can you make comparisons between Twitter and other information sources?

  10. Do you personally use Twitter as an information output for your work?

  11. Do you use Twitter, or know of any other ways to use Twitter, other than as an outlet or source?

  12. What are your thoughts on authenticity of content on Twitter (journalists have power over citizen journalists)?

  13. What downfalls do you think Twitter has?

  14. Do you think Twitter has an impact on sports journalism over other forms of journalism (if so, why)?

  15. What were your first thoughts concerning Twitter as a journalistic device?

  16. Have your thoughts changed since those initial considerations?

  17. Do you think Twitter offers a long-term impact on the profession of sports journalism?

  18. If you disagree with the above, what do you think will lead to the failure of Twitter as a journalistic tool?

  19. As a professional journalist, do you think that Twitter has impacted negatively or positively on the quality of your work since becoming part of your journalistic routine (how?)

  20. What do you think Twitter offers you as an input/output tool that traditional journalistic media formats do not?

  21. Do you believe social media policies should be introduced (if so, why?)

  22. Any supplementary comments?

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