Mediating orientation and self-expression in the world of consumption : Australian and German lifestyle journalists' professional views

Hanusch, Folker & Hanitzsch, Thomas (2013) Mediating orientation and self-expression in the world of consumption : Australian and German lifestyle journalists' professional views. Media, Culture & Society, 35(8), pp. 943-959.

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Despite having experienced rapid popularity over the past two decades, lifestyle journalism is still somewhat neglected by academic researchers. So far mostly explored as either part of wider lifestyle programming, particularly on television, or in terms of individual sub-fields, such as travel, fashion or food journalism, lifestyle journalism is in need of scholarly analysis particularly in the area of production, based on the increasing importance which the field has in influencing audiences’ ways of life. This study explores the professional views of 89 Australian and German lifestyle journalists through in-depth interviews in order to explore the ways in which they engage in processes of influencing audiences’ self-expression, identities and consumption behaviors. The article argues that through its work, lifestyle journalism is a significant shaper of identities in today’s consumer societies.

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ID Code: 68305
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: consumer, identity, self-expression, service journalism, lifestyle journalism, professional views, soft news, identity
DOI: 10.1177/0163443713501931
ISSN: 1460-3675
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
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2014 01:39
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2014 11:39

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