The sports departments of news organisations with both newspaper and website publications have been affected considerably by the evolving demands of online journalism. The over-arching focus of the research project is on sports coverage in print and web newspapers, and how online journalism has changed sports journalism. This includes some of the major issues the transforming environment has created for sports departments and its journalists. These involve elements such as the types of content in publications, and adoption and usage of innovations such as publishing methods and Twitter. Other key factors centre on the impact of commercialisation and workloads in the changing field. The study has been conducted through a unique framework combining field theory, gatekeeping theory, and diffusion of innovations theory. Further, the research involves a comparative study of six sports departments from broadsheet/quality news organisations in three nations. The news organisations selected were: The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian in Australia; The Times of India and The Hindu in India; and the Guardian and The Daily Telegraph in the UK. As a result, the project collects both data for interpretation at national, organisational and individual levels.
Submitted in the fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2014.