How fans made football game of the people

People change their houses, their cars, their jobs, sometimes even their spouses, but they never change their football team. ANTON RIPPON reviews Savage Enthusiam: A History of Football Fans. Why would you want to be a football fan? Why would you expose yourself to all those roller-coaster rides of great moments, abject despair – but, […]

Football’s own goal in media power game

  ROY GREENSLADE, professor of journalism at City University, tackles the continuing conflict between football and the media in his latest blog for the IPSO website and has given the SJA permission to post it here. A new football season heralds a new round of conflicts between clubs and media outlets. The latest concern Middlesbrough […]

AIPS condemns threat to Al Jazeera and BeIn

This is a statement from AIPS, published at their request: The AIPS Executive Committee, during a teleconference on Monday, assessed the peremptory request of the coalition of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and UAE for Qatar to shut down Al Jazeera and all its connected networks including the sports network BeIn, and unanimously ruled that such […]


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Team spirit the key to a big year for SJA

The SJA’s 2017 annual meeting takes place at  Ye Olde Cock Tavern, Fleet Street on Thursday, April 20th and chairman Andy Elliott, who has just completed his first year in the role, admits it has been a roller-coaster 12 months. Here is his report. Well, that was the year that was! My first year as […]


After an eventful first year, SJA chairman Andy Elliott presents his first annual report. Well, that was the year that was! My first year as chairman was eventful, stressful, rewarding but ultimately most notable for a fabulous team effort in helping the SJA navigate some big challenges. There is a lot more to be done […]

From newspapers to books, Calvin is still a winner

Michael Calvin, award-winning journalist, award-winning author, and long-time SJA member was 12 when he decided sports journalism was the career for him. He has never looked back. He won the SJA Sports Writer of the Year prize after taking a year out to be a member of the crew in an around-the-world yacht race and […]

Argentina calling – if you are a student or under 24

Studying sports journalism, or under 24 and just starting out in the industry as a writer, photographer or broadcaster? This could be for you. The International Olympic Committee have launched their latest ‘Young Reporters’ initiative, offering successful candidates the opportunity to cover  the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires next year. In total 30 young reporters […]