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A Phenomenological Investigation Into How Twitter Has Changed the Nature of Sport Media Relations

Citation
Gibbs C & Haynes R (2013) A Phenomenological Investigation Into How Twitter Has Changed the Nature of Sport Media Relations. International Journal of Sport Communication, 6 (4), pp. 394-408. http://journals.humankinetics.com/ijsc-back-issues/ijsc-volume-6-issue-4-december/a-phenomenological-investigation-into-how-twitter-has-changed-the-nature-of-sport-media-relations

Abstract
This article uses the phenomenological method to explain how Twitter has changed the nature of sport media relations. The research was based on semistructured interviews with 18 Canadian and U.S. sport media professionals having an average 16 yr of experience. This exploratory study uses the lived experience of sport media professionals to identify 3 clusters that help explain how Twitter has changed the nature of sport media relations: media landscape, “mechanical” job functions, and sport media relations. The results of this research are significant because they help explain how the practices and norms related to the role of sport media relations are changing as a result of Twitter. This research presents a new argument: that Twitter has flattened the sport hierarchy and could be considered the most influential social-media platform in sport today.

Keywords
social media; sport communications; phenomenology; new media

Journal
International Journal of Sport Communication: Volume 6, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Author(s)Gibbs, Chris; Haynes, Richard
Publication date31/12/2013
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/20083
PublisherHuman Kinetics
Publisher URLhttp://journals.humankinetics.com/…-media-relations
ISSN1936-3915
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