Paradigm repair and the hero myth in sports journalism: An analysis of lance armstrong coverage

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Abstract

When journalism routines result in erroneous reporting, journalists often engage in paradigm repair by demonstrating that the rules of the paradigm are reliable but were violated. When cyclist Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he used PEDs, his confession came after years of sports journalists framing him as a hero for being a cancer survivor and a Tour de France winner. An analysis of sports journalists’ reactions to Armstrong’s confession show that despite the role sports journalists had perpetuating Armstrong’s hero narrative, sports journalists did not see Armstrong’s fall from grace as threatening to their professional paradigm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCase Studies in Sport Communication
Subtitle of host publicationYou Make the Call
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages245-252
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781351747295
ISBN (Print)9781138729520
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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