Interview on RTVSLO.si

The end of the Winter Olympics seemed like a good opportunity to talk about the 2013 European Basketball Championship, sport media research, sport journalism on both sides of the Atlantic, and football! I spoke about them with Slavko Jerič from RTVSLO.si, the website of the Slovenian public service broadcaster. The interview (in Slovenian) reads great to me! Here is a link to the story: http://www.rtvslo.si/sport/novice/licen-mednarodni-potencial-eurobasketa-utegne-biti-skromnejsi/330234.

I am greatly indebted to Jim Crawford who took some really nice pictures of me around the Washington State University Pullman campus!

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Quote in Pacific Standard

A few months ago I was quoted in a story published on the Pacific Standard website. The story focused on politics and sport, ranging from the recent Richard Sherman controversy to Soviet sports clubs. In case you were wondering, I spoke about the latter!

Here is a link to the story on the Pacific Standard website: http://www.psmag.com/navigation/politics-and-law/super-bowl-america-political-race-sports-73558/. I am happy to have been quoted by such a prestigious American news outlet!

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Interview on Val 202

Despite the update I posted in December, www.simonlicen.com has not been updated yet. Hopefully I will be able to do so over the summer at the latest.

In the meantime, readers (and listeners!) in Slovenia might be interested in an interview I did with Slovenian public broadcaster, Val 202. In January, I spoke with them about life in the United States, working at Washington State University, sport, media, and research. Here is the link: http://val202.rtvslo.si/2014/01/vsak-dan-grem-lahko-v-moskvo/.

Happy listening!

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Site being updated

Please note that I am in the process of updating this website. The sections of this site will be slightly rearranged, and a Slovenian version of the site will finally be introduced. The changes will likely take some time, but hopefully the final product will be even more interesting and informative to the readers.

It has been two years since this site has been up and running. It was launched just before New Year in late December 2011 so it is now celebrating two years of existance. Let me wish all the readers of this website Happy New Year, and please come back often!

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International Sports Press Survey 2011 book published

A new book detailing the results of the International Sports Press Survey conducted in 2011 has recently been published.

The world’s largest study of its kind helps identify similarities and differences in sports reporting on a global scale. The results are placed in the context of the print media crisis, and conclusions that reflect on the new challenges for sports journalism are drawn.

The International Sports Press Survey 2011 is a comparative study on the quality of sports reporting in print media. The book (ISBN-13: 978-3732278862) is edited by Thomas Horky and Jörg-Uwe Nieland and offers data from 22 countries and detailed insight into 14 countries. The study was conducted with the support of Play the Game, an international conference and communication initiative aiming to strengthen the ethical foundation of sport and promote democracy, transparency and freedom of expression in sport.

The book also includes a chapter I authored describing the specifics of the sports press in Slovenia. The chapter, entitled simply, “Slovenia,” can be read on pages 148 through 162.

The book can be purchased from Amazon, and fans of the topic can log on to the book and research’s dedicated Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/isps2011.

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International collab paper published

“From Pride to Smugness and the Nationalism Between: Olympic Media Consumption Effects on Nationalism Across the Globe” is the title of a paper I co-authored with seven co-authors from five countries and four continents.  The article has now been published in the latest issue of Mass Communication and Society.

The article documents a study conducted in six countries (Australia, Bulgaria, China, the Netherlands, Slovenia, and the United States) aimed at measuring the relationships between Olympic media viewing and nation-based attitudes.

The study showed that the amount of Olympic viewing impacts individual attitudes regarding patriotism, nationalism, and smugness.  Contrary to expectations, Olympic viewing does not impact favorable attitudes to internationalism.

The study was coordinated by Andrew C. Billings from the University of Alabama.  Co-authors included Natalie A. Brown and Kenon A. Brown from the University of Alabama; Guoqing from Chengdu Sport University; Mark A. Leeman from Northern Kentucky University; David R. Novak from Erasmus University in the Netherlands; David Rowe from the University of New South Wales; and myself.

The editorial board of Mass Communication and Society, a scholarly journal published by Taylor and Francis, decided to publish it in Issue 6, Vol. 16, of the journal, published in December 2013.

The article can be found on the journal website.  Happy reading!

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Article published in International Review for the Sociology of Sport

After being published “online first” almost 18 months ago, the article, Affirming nationality in transnational circumstances: Slovenian coverage of continental franchise sports competitions, I co-authored from Andrew Billings from the University of Alabama is finally published in the print edition of the International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

The article is published in the December issue of the journal currently edited by Lawrence Wenner.  It examines discursive framing of nationality within broadcasts of international men’s basketball and women’s team handball games on Slovenian television.

The abstract and full article can be found here.

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Media appearances

I was recently featured in a number of media outlets.

During the European Basketball Championship for Men hosted by Slovenia, I was interviewed by the Finance newspaper to speak about the impact of the competition for the Slovenian economy.  The interview was published on the newspaper website and garnered some positive comments; it can be found here but unfortunately it is only accessible to subscribers.  Statements published in this interview were also picked up and quoted by TV Slovenija.

The Slovenian public radio broadcaster, Val 202, interviewed me to speak about a survey I am conducting with Renata Slabe-Erker from the Institute of Economic Research in Ljubljana.  The topic of the interview was the attitude of sports fans during competitions such as the EuroBasket.  The interview can be heard here.

National interest landed me international attention as WSU News wrote an extensive profile about me and my work.  Although I think being referred to as a Sports Superstar is an overstatement, I am very happy to be noticed by the wider community at my new employer!

Very recently, I was also interviewed by WikiNews.  The interview revolved around the impending Paralympic Games and US media’s attitudes about them.  The interview can be read here.  An Ukrainian version of the interview is also available!

I thank the friends and colleagues who helped me land such fantastic opportunities to showcase my work in the national and international media.  This motivates me to focus even more on research to be able to present it to the broader public in the future, too!

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Articles in EJC and Ecquid Novi published

Two research articles I authored were recently published in two scholarly journals.

In its August issue, the European Journal of Communication published an article entitled “Cheering for ‘our’ champs by watching ‘sexy’ female throwers: Representation of nationality and gender in Slovenian 2008 Summer Olympic television coverage” I co-authored with Andrew Billings from the University of Alabama.  The abstract of this article can be read here.

Also in August, Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies published my article entitled, “‘Black as Kenenisa Bekele in a tunnel’: Representation of African athletes in Slovenian Olympic broadcasting.”  The abstract of this article can be found here.

These articles, both published in indexed journals, represent an important step towards reaffirming the importance of sport media studies in post-socialist countries and other “new democracies.”  Interested readers should feel free to contact me for more information.  Happy reading!

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Simon Ličen featured in Ogledalo športa

I was recently featured in Ogledalo športa, a Slovenian-based web platform aimed at improving ethical values in sports and fostering democracy, transparency and freedom of speech in Slovenian sport.  Click here to view the article (it is written in the Slovenian language).

The platform aims to be a scaled version of Play the Game’s website which is an outstanding forum and resource for sport journalists, academics, and professionals alike.  I was involved in the design and launch of Ogledalo športa (literally, Sport Mirror of Mirror of Sport) but later focused on other projects.

The news item focuses on my impending move to Pullman to join the faculty of the Sport Management program at Washington State University.

Unfortunately, the web platform has not yet taken off as it was hoped it would; nonetheless, I am very happy and proud to be featured in such a website and such a pleasant context!

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