EHR126 Sports Media 1 (8)

Sports Media 1 introduces students to the historical and contemporary connections between sport and the media and serves as a foundation for further study in this field. Sport and media have a unique connection, as sport and all forms of media have changed each other and continue to do so. It is impossible to describe sport and media as discreet independant social institutions, rather, as overlapping and corporate organisations. This subject explores prominent sports journalists in history and their reporting style, the impact of television on sports, the contemporary nature of sports journalism, investigative sports journalism and the notion of sports media as the 'toy department' of news. Sports media 1 provides students with knowledge of the complex interrelationship between sport and media, particularly in relation to concepts of gender and culture.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR126. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to compare and contrast the significant and pivotal historical developments in the relationship between sport and the media;
  • be able to articulate informed opinions about the positive and negative consequences of the mediatisation of professional sport, and how ethical conduct relates to this mediatisation;
  • be able to describe the ways in which sport influences media landscapes;
  • be able to describe the changing landscape of sports media as a professional practice;
  • be able to investigate and explain the ways that recent developments in technology, such as digital cultures, are reshaping sports media.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The symbiotic relationship between the media and sports;
  • The history and evolving nature of sports media, television and sports journalists;
  • The mediatisation of sport, including television rights and sports marketing;
  • The contemporary culture of sports journalism;
  • Female sports journalists;
  • Sports journalism in changing media landscapes;
  • Investigative sports journalism;
  • The ethics of sports media

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EHR126 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Subject journal - part a
Subject journal - part b

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.