Spotlight on Athletes with a Disability: Malaysian Newspaper Coverage of the 2012 London Paralympic Games

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Jadeera Phaik Geok CheongUniversity of Malaya

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This study analyzed newspaper coverage of the 2012 London Paralympic Games by 8 Malaysian newspapers. Articles and photographs from 4 English-language and 4 Malay-language newspapers were examined from August 28 (1 day before the Games) to September 10, 2012 (1 day after the Games closing). Tables, graphs, letters, fact boxes, and lists of events were excluded from analysis. A total of 132 articles and 131 photographs were analyzed. Content analysis of the newspaper articles revealed that most (62.8%) of the articles contained positive reference to the athletes with a disability. There were equal numbers (39.1%) of action and static shots of athletes. More articles and photographs of Malaysian (58%) than non-Malaysian (42%) athletes with a disability were identified. Only 14.9% of the articles and photographs were related to female athletes with a disability.

The authors are with the Sports Centre, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Address author correspondence to Selina Khoo at selina@um.edu.my
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