Slam Dunk: Scoring with Social Media in College Athletics

Mayo, Callie (2017) Slam Dunk: Scoring with Social Media in College Athletics. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Robin Street from Journalism, The University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

This thesis will examine the role of social media as a public relations tool in athletics, whether posts are made by an athlete, an athletic department, or an outside source on reputation management. The first chapter will examine current research in how social media is used and monitored in college athletics, as well as the harmful effects it can cause. The next chapter will consist of several interviews with different collegiate athletic departments regarding their policies and training towards social media. The five athletic departments are from the following universities: the University of Georgia, the University at Buffalo, Utah State University, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Florida. Interviews were conducted via email, phone and in person, depending on the location of the school. Chapter three includes four case studies of athletic social media use at four schools: The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, The University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and the University of North Carolina - Wilmington. Each case is examined on how social media affected the athlete or team’s reputation. The fourth and final chapter will conclude this thesis by giving recommendations on the use of social media by college athletes and athletic departments.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Mayo, Callie
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. Integrated Marketing Communications
Thesis Advisor: Robin Street
Thesis Advisor's Department: Journalism
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Depositing User: Callie Mayo
Date Deposited: 10 May 2017 19:31
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 19:31
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/779

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