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The Sportswriter as Development Journalist: Covering African Football


Richard J. Peltz-Steele


University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth

September 11, 2010

Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, Vol. 31, No. 2, Routledge, 2010

Abstract:     
Football is Africa’s game, but performance in world competition reveals the sport as metaphor for African development: promise stymied by political corruption, infrastructure deficiency, and neo-colonial exploitation. The media-sport complex has perpetuated this cycle. Development journalism contrarily posits media as a force for good. Where objectivity dominates traditional news, development journalism stresses nation-building. But emphasizing news, development journalism overlooks the powerful role of sport in African life. Through meta-analysis, this article compares the values and practices of development journalism and of sportswriting. The article concludes that sportswriters are well positioned to act as development journalists. As mediator of hallowed football, the sportswriter can capitalize on the promise of sport to effect nation-building and development in Africa, and so, as Alan Chalkley entreated 40 years ago, to “punch that hole in the vicious cycle.”

Number of Pages in PDF File: 27

Keywords: Sportswriter, Sports, Writing, Journalism, Africa, Development, Football, Soccer

JEL Classification: F02, F22, H77, I31, J61, J71, L83, N37, N47, O19, O29, Z10

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Date posted: September 11, 2010 ; Last revised: June 14, 2012

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Peltz-Steele, Richard J., The Sportswriter as Development Journalist: Covering African Football (September 11, 2010). Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, Vol. 31, No. 2, Routledge, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1675483

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University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth ( email )
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