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Smart Journalists don’t do Sports Journalism – Or do They?

Our reporter followed the session today on sports media research, and some important points were brought to the surface.

One of the speakers was Brazilian PhD student Tatiane Hilgemberg, who spoke about her research on the media coverage of the World Cup on January 28, 2013, which marked the day where the World Cup was exactly 500 days away.

She was disappointed in the Brazilian journalists, and according to her, important issues were not being raised.

Part of the reason for this was that journalists in Brazil aren’t among the brightest of thinkers, Tatiane Hilgemberg states.

See what else Tatiane Hilgemberg had to say, along with other interesting points from the session here:

Get the Highlights from FIFA’s First Appearance at Play the Game Here

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Walter de Gregorio, director of communication, FIFA and Andrew Jennings, investigative journalist are talking after the session. Photo: Simon Tordrup

For the first time ever, one of the world’s most powerful sports organizations FIFA, The International Football Federation, is officially present at Play the Game.

Among the topics discussed were racism in football, governance in FIFA and the election of Russia and Qatar as hosts for the World Cups in 2018 and 2022 both elected at the same FIFA-conference.

“The problem is that if you have two World Cups to award, there can be made deals. It was a major mistake to choose both hosts at the same conference,” Walter de Gregorio, FIFA’s director of communication, said during the session.

Below you can read the live blog from the heated debate between the speakers and the crowd, among others the well-known investigative journalist Andrew Jennings.

Governance in Sport was in Heavy Spotlight: Read the Highlights

What are the conditions for governance in sport?

Tuesday, speakers from all over the world had a debate about this very subject at Play the Game in Aarhus, Denmark.

Investigative journalist Bonita Mersiades from Australia, Tim Walters, college professor from the UK and Deborah Unger from Transparency International were some of the profiles who attended this session.

You can catch up on the speeches here:

Match-Fixing Footballer was Only Thinking of Surviving

Mario Cizmek during Play the Game. Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/PlaytheGame

During the opening session of Play the Game, Mario Cizmek spoke about his past with match-fixing. Exclusively, he has decided to share his experiences with match-fixing.

Among other topics, Mario Cimzek talked about how he felt pushed into match-fixing for which he received 10 months in prison.

“I and other players had not received regular salary for 14 months. We weren’t talking about football, but how we were gonna survive,” Mario Cimzek said during his presentation.

In the live-blog below, you can read about the speach and the following Q&A-session where Mario Cimzek.