Journalism special investigation: sporting salvation: an investigation into how sport has the power to change lives

King, John (2015) Journalism special investigation: sporting salvation: an investigation into how sport has the power to change lives. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    For many, sport is their saviour and can offer so many things. An escapism out of a life of crime, an occupation when hope is lost or a competition that means so much more. ‘Sporting salvation’ offers an insight into a variety of projects that aim to show how significant and influential sport is in society.
    The features within this Special Investigation will look closer into the power of sport and tackle four key areas where this is evident. This can be in terms of helping to implement education and social change, as well as by a means of rehabilitation and helping to bring more of a purpose to someone’s life.
    Key to this Special Investigation is the stories. The overriding message that sport can change lives is a factor at grassroots or professional level and ‘Sporting salvation’ aims to investigate that.
    The essay section of this Special Investigation is also related to the significance of sport. Entitled ‘An investigation into the media portrayal of the new breed of poster boys and girls transforming British sports,’ this analysis will focus on the poster star and the way they are presented in the media. By focusing predominantly on the coverage of athletes before, during and after an Olympic Games, it argues that the media reinforce societal values and presents them to be role models and also investigates gender disparity. These arguments are supported through leading sports theorists, alongside contemporary industry insight and case studies.

    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 15:02
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015 15:02
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17623

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