Event Title

Proposing a Code of Ethics for Sports Media

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Dave Daszuba

Start Date

23-4-2019 2:00 PM

End Date

23-4-2019 2:20 PM

Description

Regrettably, today’s sports media routinely glorifies – or pretends not to notice – behaviors that debase the very notion of sport. Reporters frequently shine a positive light on – or otherwise turn a blind eye toward – athletes and coaches who demonstrate rank immodesty, unsportsmanlike conduct, and uncivil behavior. Such actions, in fact, are often explained away or celebrated as examples of “swagger” and competitiveness. This presentation provides examples of this and calls upon sports media professionals to do better. Specifically, this presentation argues for the development of a code of ethics that would be specific to sports media – a code that would encourage the industry to call out unsportsmanlike behavior for what it is, or at least resist embracing content that undermines sportsmanship, especially since so many media consumers are impressionable children. Beyond that, the proposed code also calls on the sports media industry to do more investigative reporting and to advance/affirm the role of women in the field.

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Proposing a Code of Ethics for Sports Media

Regrettably, today’s sports media routinely glorifies – or pretends not to notice – behaviors that debase the very notion of sport. Reporters frequently shine a positive light on – or otherwise turn a blind eye toward – athletes and coaches who demonstrate rank immodesty, unsportsmanlike conduct, and uncivil behavior. Such actions, in fact, are often explained away or celebrated as examples of “swagger” and competitiveness. This presentation provides examples of this and calls upon sports media professionals to do better. Specifically, this presentation argues for the development of a code of ethics that would be specific to sports media – a code that would encourage the industry to call out unsportsmanlike behavior for what it is, or at least resist embracing content that undermines sportsmanship, especially since so many media consumers are impressionable children. Beyond that, the proposed code also calls on the sports media industry to do more investigative reporting and to advance/affirm the role of women in the field.