Lifestyle journalism has experienced enormous growth in the media over the past two decades, but scholars in the fields of journalism and communication studies have so far paid relatively little attention to a field that is still sometimes seen as "not real journalism". There is now an urgent need for in-depth exploration and contextualisation of this field, with its increasing relevance for 21st century consumer cultures.
For the first time, this book presents a wide range of studies which have engaged with the field of lifestyle journalism in order to outline the various political, economic, social and cultural tensions within it. Taking a comparative view, the collection includes studies covering four continents, including countries such as Australia, China, Norway, Denmark, Singapore, the UK and the USA. While keeping the broader lifestyle field in mind, the chapters focus on a variety of sub-fields such as travel, music, food, health, fashion and personal technology journalism. This volume provides a fascinating account of the different facets of lifestyle journalism, and charts the way forward for a more sustained analysis of the field.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Journalism Practice.
Table of Contents
Foreword Bob Franklin 1. Broadening the Focus: The case for lifestyle journalism as a field of scholarly inquiry Folker Hanusch 2. Lifestyle Journalism as Popular Journalism: Strategies for evaluating its public role Elfriede Fürsich 3. Lifestyle Journalism: Blurring boundaries Nete Nørgaard Kristensen and Unni From 4. The Devil May Care: Travel journalism, cosmopolitan concern, politics and the brand Lyn McGaurr 5. Bread and Circuses: Food meets politics in the Singapore media Andrew Duffy and Yang Yuhong Ashley 6. Health and Lifestyle to Serve the Public: A case study of a cross-media programme series from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation Roel Puijk 7. Hypertextuality and Remediation in the Fashion Media: The case of fashion blogs Agnès Rocamora 8. Service Journalism as Community Experience: Personal technology and personal finance at The New York Times Nikki Usher 9. A New Generation of Lifestyle Magazine Journalism in China: The professional approach Shuang Li 10. Political Journalism: Anthony Sampson (1926-2004) and Seymour Hersh (1937- ) David Finkelstein
Folker Hanusch is a former journalist and now Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. He has published widely on topics such as lifestyle, particularly travel, journalism, journalists’ professional views, comparative journalism studies, indigenous journalism and news media representations of death and dying.