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John Carvalho, professor and associate director of journalism, and has edited a new research anthology, Sports Media History: Culture, Technology, Identity, which will be released on Oct. 27 through Routledge.  

Carvalho's new book explores the ongoing interaction between sports, media and society throughout important periods in history, from the 19th century to the present day. It examines both historical moments and broader trends in sports, with an emphasis on the media’s role. Encompassing a variety of research approaches and perspectives, the book looks at the individuals, mass media outlets and communication technologies that have affected societies on a global scale, including print, photography, broadcast (radio and television), Internet-based media and public relations/marketing.

“My favorite thing about this anthology is that some chapters go deep on important sports media related events – the Louis-Schmeling fight, the debate over Mississippi State playing integrated teams in the NCAA tournament – while others provide skillful, intricate examinations of important trends. I’m very grateful to have worked with such excellent scholars on this,” Carvalho said.

Carvalho serves as associate director for journalism in the School of Communication and Journalism and teaches classes in reporting and sports journalism. His academic career as a sports media historian has focused mainly on sports celebrities with strong media ties.

Carvalho has also authored a biography, Frick*: Baseball’s Third Commissioner (McFarland, 2016).

For more information about Carvalho, click here.