The innovative media and textual criticism site, In Media Res (about) has listed two sports media topics among its Fall 2011 calls for curators — “Mediating Baseball” and “Sports Scandals.” The “Mediating Baseball” pieces will be published on the week of October 24-28. “Sports Scandals” will be published on November 28-December 2. The deadline for the Baseball call passed this week; however, the proposal deadline for the Scandals call is October 17.
The “Sports Scandals” call asks for brief proposals that:
. . . address the current state of sports that have been involved in a recent scandal, focusing on both the impact the scandal has made on the sport/fanbase and how that scandal has been treated within the sports media. Some recent examples include universities such as Miami and Ohio State allegedly violating NCAA rules; the recent brawl involving members of Louisiana State University’s football team; performance enhancing drugs and sports; gambling and sports; etc.
If you’re not familiar with the project, In Media Res is a forum where academics, journalists, critics, media professionals, and fans critically engage with media texts in a more immediate format than is common in much of academic publishing. Every day a “curator” offers a media text–usually a video clip or slideshow–accompanied by a short, critical response to that media text. Each week, these curated works focus on a different topic. More information is available on In Media Res’ about page.