Climbing the ladder: developing the sporting stars of tomorrow

Carpenter, William (2013) Climbing the ladder: developing the sporting stars of tomorrow. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    To one day reach the bright lights of sport’s top level is a dream held by many young people all over the world. Not everybody who possesses this dream has the talent or ability to fulfil it, but for those that do, having this talent is just the beginning. Becoming a member of sport’s elite doesn’t come easily and requires dedication, commitment and discipline. It also requires the support, guidance and belief of coaches and staff along the way. Without this, the rare gem of elite-level talent can very easily go to waste.
    This Special Exercise looks at athletes on different levels of the sporting ladder and at the coaches, teachers and staff helping them on their way. From the basics and rawness of grass-roots and school level sport, to the bright lights and packed stadiums of the international scene; ‘Climbing the ladder’ looks at the training, coaching and opportunities required to become an elite athlete.
    The essay section of this Special Exercise, entitled ‘An analysis of objectivity and bias in regional newspaper’s sports journalism’ argues that the sports journalism found in regional newspapers lacks objectivity and is biased towards the region’s ‘home-town’ sport teams. Using case studies from the Bristol Post, Portsmouth News and Bristol, Yeovil and Somerset Independent, the essay highlights examples of unobjective and biased reporting, such as unbalanced accounts of matches and an unfair representation of the opposing side. With the support of industry specific sources, interviews and case studies, the essay cites three main reasons why the sports journalism found in regional newspapers is unobjective and biased. It argues that a regional newspaper’s requirement to localise news, together with its target audience, the source of its stories and quest to preserve vital relationships all contribute to unobjective and biased journalism.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 16:42
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:31

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