This book addresses a topic in journalism studies that has gained increasing scholarly attention since the mid-2000s: the coverage and evaluation of arts and culture, or what we term ‘cultural journalism and cultural critique’. The book highlights three approaches to this emerging research field: (1) the constant challenge of demarcating what constitutes the ‘cultural’ in cultural journalism and cultural critique, and the interlinks of cultural journalism and cultural critique; (2) the dialectic of globalization’s cultural homogenization and the specificity of local/national cultures; and (3) the need to rethink, perhaps even redefine, cultural journalism and cultural critique in view of the digital media landscape.
‘Cultural journalism’ is used as an umbrella term for media reporting and debating on culture, including the arts, value politics, popular culture, the culture industries, and entertainment. Therefore some of the contributions this book apply a broad approach to ‘the cultural’ when theorizing and analyzing the production and content of cultural journalism, and the professional ideology, self-perception, and legitimacy struggles of cultural journalists and editors. Other contributions demarcate their field of study more narrowly, both topically and generically, by engaging with very specific sub-areas such as ‘film criticism’ or ‘television series.’ This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Practice.
Table of Contents
1. Cultural Journalism and Cultural Critique in a Changing Media Landscape Nete Nørgaard Kristensen and Unni From
2. The Political in Cultural Journalism: Fragmented interpretative communities in the digital age Kristina Riegert, Anna Roosvall and Andreas Widholm
3. Doubly Dominated: Cultural journalists in the fields of journalism and culture Jan Fredrik Hovden and Karl Knapskog
4. Liquid Modern Journalism with a Difference: The changing professional ethos of cultural journalism Maarit Jaakkola, Heikki Hellman, Kari Koljonen, and Jari Väliverronen
5. Arts Journalism and Its Packaging in France, Germany, The Netherlands and the United States, 1955-2005 Marc Verboord and Susanne Janssen
6. From Ivory Tower to Cross-media Personas: The heterogeneous cultural critic in the media Nete Nørgaard Kristensen and Unni From
7. Post-industrial Cultural Criticism: The everyday amateur expert and the online cultural public sphere Aske Kammer
8. Film Criticism in the Twenty-first Century: Six Schools Andrew McWhirter
9. When Cultural Criticism Blurs Cultural Hierarchies: The case of series journalism in France Anne-Sophie Béliard
Nete Nørgaard Kristensen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media, Cognition, and Communication at the University of Copenhagen. She has published extensively on the arts and cultural journalism in a digital media landscape; lifestyle journalism; political journalism; and media, war, and conflict.
Unni From is an Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Journalism Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. She has published on the arts and cultural journalism; lifestyle journalism; television drama; and qualitative methodologies.