Organization: London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
Editors invite chapter proposals for a book dedicated to lifestyle journalism to be published with Routledge.
New websites, new applications, new publications – the lifestyle genre has continued to expand since Hanusch’s 2013 work examining lifestyle journalism appeared. Encompassing aspects of consumerism, entertainment, cosmopolitanism, as well as traditional journalistic practices, lifestyle journalists continue to work in an ever-evolving media environment. Fashion, food, travel, cinema, and other cultural and consumer topics are arguably more pervasive now than ever as professional media clamors to attract readers and as current event reporting succumbs to increased tabloidization. As newspapers gravitate increasingly towards the internet, where new information outlets and user-generated content compete for views, lifestyle journalism remains marginalized among academics.
This book seeks to further Hanusch’s work, taking another look at how the lifestyle genre is developing across multiple types of lifestyle subgenres. This book proposes articles related to three axes to study the genre, looking first at evolving theories related to the practices of journalists and consumers alike, and emerging roles of arts and lifestyle journalism. A second axis explores how lifestyle journalism is adapting to new media, including review sites like TripAdvisor, smartphone applications, and other internet-era innovations. The third axis delves into the design aspect of lifestyle media (including the design of ‘experiences’), to explore how publications are changing their approach to traditional journalism, opting for new forms of storytelling or information sharing both online and offline.
The book plan is divided into 1) Emerging roles for Lifestyle Journalism, 2) Lifestyle Journalism and New Media, and 3) Journalism, Design, and Culture. Chapter proposals should focus on, but are not limited to, one of the following themes:
New theories of lifestyle journalism
Journalistic practice in lifestyle media
New media and lifestyle journalism
Review sites and consumerism
Bloggers and alternative media
Independent publications and lifestyle
New online platforms
Innovative storytelling related to culture/lifestyle
New tools for lifestyle journalists
Challenges for lifestyle journalism
New actors, new voices
Cultural reporting: fashion, travel, food, arts, video games, cinema, etc.
Niche audiences and special interests
Legacy media vs. new media comparisons
Lifestyle journalism case studies
Abstracts of 300 words max for chapters can be submitted along with appropriate contact information.