Faculty member co-edits comprehensive book about media, sport

A Penn State faculty member has helped edit a comprehensive, in-depth and interdisciplinary book that studies the impact of new media in sport.

Professor Marie Hardin, associate dean for undergraduate and graduate education in the College of Communications and associate director of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, served as co-editor of the “Routledge Handbook of Sport and New Media” (2014, Routledge). The other editor was Andy Billings from the University of Alabama.

The 374-page book explores new media in sport as a cultural, commercial, economic, social and technological phenomenon -- examining the profound impact of digital technologies on the way sport is consumed, produced and understood.

Because of the growing and pervasive impact of new media, contributors to the book examine how new media technologies have become a central part of the sports media landscape.

Sports fans use new media to watch games, discuss sports transactions, form fan-based communities and secure minutiae about their favorite players and teams. Never before have fans known so much about athletes, whether that happens via Twitter feeds, fan sites or blogs, and never before have the lines between producer, consumer, fan and athlete been more blurred.

Along with her administrative duties and ongoing research, Hardin teaches classes that focus on sports and society at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Her research focuses on diversity, ethics and professional practices in mediated sports. She has produced studies about the attitudes and values of bloggers and sports journalists, and she has chronicled the career paths of women in sports journalism. Her work has been published in "Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Sociology of Sport Journal" and many other peer-reviewed journals.

The John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, a first-of-its-kind endeavor in higher education, was created in 2003. Housed in the College of Communications, the Curley Center explores issues and trends in sports journalism through instruction, outreach, programming and research.

Last Updated April 07, 2014