BROADENING THE FOCUS

Author: Hanusch, Folker

Source: Journalism Practice, Volume 6, Number 1, 1 February 2012 , pp. 2-11(10)

Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

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Abstract:

This introduction to the special issue outlines the case for an increased focus on studying lifestyle journalism, an area of journalism which, despite its rapid rise over recent decades, has not received much attention from scholars in journalism studies. Criticised for being antithetical to public interest and watchdog notions of journalism, lifestyle journalism is still ridiculed by some as being unworthy of being associated with the term journalism. However, in outlining the field's development and a critique of definitions of journalism, this paper argues that there are a number of good reasons for broadening the focus. In fact, lifestyle journalism—here defined as a distinct journalistic field that primarily addresses its audiences as consumers, providing them with factual information and advice, often in entertaining ways, about goods and services they can use in their daily lives—has much to offer for scholarly inquiry and is of increasing relevance for society.

Keywords: consumerism; journalism; lifestyle; market-oriented; service; soft news

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2011.622895

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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