Web 2.0 platforms and the work of newspaper sport journalists

Merryn Sherwood, Matthew Nicholson

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This article reports on research that explores whether Australian newspaper sport journalists use Web 2.0, the second generation of the internet, in their work and, if they do, how. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 27 newspaper sport journalists, three from each of the nine Australian daily newspapers with the highest circulation. The research found that the most common Web 2.0 platforms used by Australian newspaper sport journalists in their everyday work practices were Twitter, fan forums and Facebook. While each is used differently for reporting, sourcing and researching news, and for interacting with readers, this study found that most sports journalists used this technology within the boundaries of traditional journalistic practices and norms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)942-959
Number of pages18
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Facebook
  • fan forums
  • newspaper
  • sport
  • Twitter
  • Web 2.0
  • work practices

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