A profile of Australian travel journalists' professional views and ethical standards

Hanusch, Folker (2012) A profile of Australian travel journalists' professional views and ethical standards. Journalism, 13(5), pp. 668-686.

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Despite significant changes in mainstream journalism in recent decades, journalistic fields beyond the news have been little explored. In an attempt to contribute to a deeper understanding of such fields, this article examines the role perceptions of 85 Australian travel journalists. By viewing travel journalism as a distinct field of practice that is affected by a unique mix of influences, this study identifies five dimensions of practitioners’ role perceptions. These relate to travel journalists’ views of themselves as Cultural Mediators, Critics, Entertainers, Information Providers and Travellers. In addition, the study examines in some depth the ethical standards of travel journalists. Determinants of these views and standards are explored. The study argues that, in light of travel journalists’ increasingly important role in reporting about foreign places, more remains to be done to promote travel stories that show a deeper understanding of other cultures and which contain a more critical appraisal of destinations.

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ID Code: 68297
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Travel Journalism, Lifestyle Journalism, Journalist Studies, Role Perceptions, Soft News, Service Journalism, Journalism Ethics, Professional Views
DOI: 10.1177/1464884911398338
ISSN: 1741-3001
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult author
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2014 05:24
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 12:20

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