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Arthur Ashe, Privacy, and the Media: An Analysis of Newspaper Journalists’ Coverage of Ashe’s AIDS Announcement

Pamela C. Laucella

Arthur Ashe made history as the first Black man to win a Grand Slam title in professional tennis. More important than Ashe’s 33 singles titles, however, was his commitment to education and social justice. As only the second prominent professional athlete to publicly admit having HIV (after professional basketball player “Magic” Johnson), Ashe’s indefatigable strength of spirit endured despite the forced disclosure. This research investigates how newspaper journalists portrayed Ashe, USA Today, and AIDS. The sample of 76 articles came from newspapers from 6 major markets nationwide and 1 regional market. The study reveals the complexities of ethical decision making for journalists in their coverage of privacy and health issues. Although there was ambivalence in journalists’ coverage of USA Today and its pursuit of Ashe, journalists collectively praised his character and commitment to humanity. Journalists framed Ashe as a victim, pioneer, role model, and hero by stressing his altruism, activism, and spirit.

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Interview with Ben Osborne, Editor-in-Chief of Bleacher Report

Aggrey Sam

best are competing with other outlets and at worst, if you care about journalism ethics, have a leg up. They don’t have a leg up in writing great stories, but they might have a leg up in access, due to who they’re writing for, so I think athletes are disincentivized to talk to independent outlets. But

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A Proposal for an “Environmental Sports Journalism” (ESJ) Approach: Principles and Illustrative Examples From Coverage of the Rio 2016 and PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Brian Wilson and Liv Yoon

. Journalism Practice, 16 ( 2–3 ), 262 – 280 . 10.1080/17512786.2021.1982402 Ward , S. ( 2010 ). Global journalism ethics . McGill-Queen’s University Press . Weedon , G. , & Wilson , B. ( 2020 ). Textbook journalism? Objectivity, education and the professionalization of sports reporting