Journalism special investigation: three years on: the Life Centre in Plymouth

Blanchard, Craig (2015) Journalism special investigation: three years on: the Life Centre in Plymouth. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    In 2008, Plymouth City Council and the populous of Plymouth came together to put forward a 10,000-signature petition to the Lottery funding commission. The commission gave £22.5m to Plymouth City Council and it helped construct one of Europe’s state-of-the-art complexes, The Life Centre.

    This Special Investigation looks at how The Life Centre has developed since opening in March 2012, focusing on the impact that the sports complex has had on the city. Whether positive or negative ‘Three years on: The Life Centre in Plymouth’ thoroughly investigates the elite programmes designed to further the city’s positive image on sport, as well as the struggling local businesses that have been forced to re-evaluate their position since the opening of The Life Centre.

    The essay section of this Special Investigation titled, “Media Representation and Semiotics: An investigation into the coverage surrounding Olympic diver, Tonia Couch, with a particular focus on sexualisation using articles published by The Daily Mail”. The essay argues that even with the progress made with sports media coverage throughout 90s and continuing into 21st century, sportswomen are still underrepresented and sexualised to conform to the media’s dominant ideology. Using the theories of representation and semiotics to deconstruct media articles, it argues that the media perpetuate sexualised imagery and language throughout their published articles, so to continue the conformity of sportswomen being objectified for their desirability rather than their sport.

    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: 07 Jul 2015 14:30
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015 14:30
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17620

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