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Media Coverage of Sport for Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities: The 2010 Special Olympics Nat Ional Games Examined

Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy
Issue 140 (Aug 2011)

Abstract: In April 2010, Adelaide hosted the IXth national Special Olympics - a sporting event for athletes with intellectual disabilities. This article explores how the print media covered the Games. In particular, our interest is in the language adopted by reporters to describe the athletes and their performances. We were interested to see whether journalists adopted sporting language in their accounts of performances or, alternatively, adopted language that focused on the individual athlete's disability. The article explores a number of issues surrounding media coverage of sport for people with disabilities, including the extent to which media organisations perpetuate stereotypes about disability and whether this, if established, links back to the media's reliance on traditional news values.

To cite this article: Tanner, Stephen; Green, Kerry and Burns, Shawn. Media Coverage of Sport for Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities: The 2010 Special Olympics Nat Ional Games Examined [online]. Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, No. 140, Aug 2011: 107-116. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=345897773861111;res=IELLCC> ISSN: 1329-878X. [cited 26 Apr 17].

Personal Author: Tanner, Stephen; Green, Kerry; Burns, Shawn; Source: Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, No. 140, Aug 2011: 107-116 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1329-878X Subject: Mass media and sports; Sociology of disability; Sports for people with disabilities; Sports journalism; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Professor, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong
(2) Head, School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, University of South Australia
(3) Lecturer, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

Database: Literature & Culture Collection