1st Edition

Lifestyle Journalism Social Media, Consumption and Experience

Edited By Lucia Vodanovic Copyright 2019
    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    182 Pages
    by Routledge


    Ranging from travel to wellbeing and fashion to food, Lifestyle Journalism explores a wide variety of subjects within a growing field.

    This edited collection examines the complex dynamics of the ever-evolving media environment of lifestyle journalism, encompassing aspects of consumerism, entertainment and cosmopolitanism, as well as traditional journalistic practices. Through detailed case studies and research, the book discusses themes of consumer culture, identity, representation, the sharing economy and branding while bringing in important new aspects such as social media and new cultural intermediaries. International and cross-disciplinary, the book is divided into four parts: emerging roles; experience and identity in lifestyle media; new players and lifestyle actors; and lifestyle consumerism and brands.

    Featuring case studies from a variety of countries including Turkey, the US, Chile and the UK, this is an important resource for journalism students and academics.


    Lucía Vodanovic


    Part I – Emerging roles of lifestyle journalism

    1. Unpacking lifestyle journalism via service journalism and constructive journalism
    2. Unni From and Nete Nørgaard Kristensen

    3. Idealised authenticity: analysing Jean Baudrillard’s Theory of Simulation and its applicability to food coverage in city magazines
    4. Joy Jenkins and Amanda Hinnant

    5. Journalism without news: the beauty journalist private/professional self in The Guardian’s ‘below the line’ comments
    6. Lucía Vodanovic


      Part II – Experience, consumption and identity

    7. Reconciling religion and consumerism: Islamic lifestyle media in Turkey
    8. Feyda Sayan-Cengiz

    9. Travel journalists as cultural mediators: a qualitative discourse analysis on the ‘othering’ of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown
    10. Aaron McKinnon

    11. The impact of social media in lifestyle journalism in Mexico: serving citizens versus creating consumers
    12. Sergio Rodríguez-Blanco and Dalia Cárdenas-Hernández


      Part III – New players and lifestyle actors

    13. Communicative value chains: fashion bloggers and branding agencies as cultural intermediaries
    14. Arturo Arriagada and Francisco Ibañez

    15. Are food bloggers a new kind of influencer?
    16. Sidonie Naulin

    17. Agents of change: the parallel roles of trend forecaster and lifestyle journalists as mediators and tastemakers in consumer culture
    18. Sabrina Faramarzi


      Part IV – Lifestyle, consumerism and branding

    19. Food and journalism: storytelling about gastronomy in newspapers from the U.S. and Spain
    20. Francesc Fusté-Forné and Pere Masip

    21. Travel journalism and the sharing economy: Airbnbmag and sourcing
    22. Bryan Pirolli

    23. Lifestyle journalism as brand practice: the cases of Uniqlo and Abercrombie & Fitch

    Myles Ethan Lascity




    Lucía Vodanovic, PhD, is Senior Lecturer at London College of Communication (UAL) and Course Leader of the MA in Arts and Lifestyle Journalism at the same institution. She completed her MA and PhD in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College. Her research interests focus on social aesthetics, lifestyle media, the ‘everyday’ and amateurism in its links with self-organisation and self-reliance, among others. Her work has been featured in publications such as Journal of Visual Art Practice; Travesía: Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies and the edited collection Materiality and Popular culture: The Popular Life of Things (Routledge, 2016).