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