Sport Reporting in the Times from 1800 to 1900

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Over the nineteenth century, sports journalism moved from niche reportage to mainstream press coverage. This case study examines this phenomenon as it was reflected in the pages of the Times of London between 1800 and 1900. It analyses data gathered from intensive surveys of digital copies of the Times to measure the increased frequency and expanding scope of sports reporting. It will look at individual stories to see how they became more analytical and sophisticated in content. At the beginning of the century, sporting news columns contained little more than the results of major horse races. Sports coverage slowly grew until, by the end of the century, sport reports filled entire pages with stories about sporting events, the participants, the spectators and the sporting venues
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press
Subtitle of host publicationExpansion and Evolution, 1800-1900
EditorsDavid Finkelstein
Place of PublicationEdinburgh Scholarship Online
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781474424912, 9781474424905
ISBN (Print)9781474424882
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes


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