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Hetjur nútímans: Orðræða prentmiðla um afreksíþróttafólk

Author(s): Guðmundur Sæmundsson | Ingólfur Ásgeir Jóhannesson

Journal: Íslenska Thjodfélagid
ISSN 1670-875X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 91;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: elite athletes | discource analysis | print media | nationality | heroism | Iceland

Sports constitute the main interest of a significant percentage of the Icelandic nation, when assessed on the basis of media coverage. In spite of the nation´s small population, Icelandic athletes have been successful at major sports events abroad and have even brought medals and trophies home. The article deals with the conclusions of an analysis of printed media coverage relating to elite Icelandic athletes. The aim of the analysis is to discover which elements are shared in this coverage, how it has developed in the print media and whether it varies from one group of athletes to another. The research method was based on so-called discourse analysis. Two aspects were conspicuous: On the one hand, there is the concept of nationality and national pride attached to having a representative among the elite group of international athletes. On the other hand, sports reporters tend to focus on heroism and achievement. Other conclusions include that coverage relating to individual sports appears to contain similar elements, although it varies in amount of coverage. Developments during the 60 year period under investigation show coverage becoming more exaggerated and hyperbolical. This research also shows that the coverage is controlled by an interaction between the media, the world of athletics and society in general.

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