In the last years, documents that intend to promote a more inclusive and fair media coverage of people with an impairment and of Paralympic sport have been emerging, nationally and internationally. Based on these guides, this research will focus on the ethical and deontological issues concerning the Portuguese media coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games – not only regarding the media coverage of athletes with an impairment, but also of athletes belonging to other minority groups (ethnic, racial, religious, gender or sexual). Starting from a theoretical framework that highlights the small number of studies dedicated to the subject in a national context, this research focuses on the journalistic treatment and visibility given to these competitors throughout the Portuguese media coverage of the event. In this study, we used three methodological instruments, which constitute a mixed design: an exploratory interview with the author of the only Portuguese media guide; a content analysis of the journalistic production dedicated to the event, authored by Portuguese printed and television media, as well as by the news agency Lusa; and in-depth interviews with three of the four national journalists responsible for the media coverage of this competition from Rio de Janeiro. This study allowed us to conclude that the Portuguese media coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games was globally responsible, from an ethical and deontological point of view, with the aforementioned media guides having the ability to raise concerns of this nature around media workers, when they carried out journalistic work involving minority groups.
|Date of Award||6 Apr 2021|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||Camila Arêas (Supervisor)|
- Sports journalism
- Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
- Mestrado em Ciências da Comunicação