The geography of travel journalism : mapping the flow of travel stories about foreign countries

Hanusch, Folker (2014) The geography of travel journalism : mapping the flow of travel stories about foreign countries. International Communication Gazette, 76(1), pp. 47-66.

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Abstract

While the study of foreign news flows has received considerable attention from communication scholars for quite some time, it has typically focused on political or ‘hard’ news, at the expense of other types of journalistic content. This article argues that, as the foreign news hole is shrinking, travel journalism is becoming an increasingly important source of information about foreign countries in the news media. It reports the results of a comparative study of newspaper travel sections in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK, and argues that travel journalism often replicates the imbalances found in foreign news flows. Well-known factors – such as regionalism, powerful nations, cultural proximity, the role played by big neighbours and the diversity of coverage – are also powerful determinants in travel journalism. At the same time, a country’s tourist behaviour also plays a role but is often overshadowed by other factors.

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ID Code: 68307
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Travel journalism, content analysis, news selection, international communication, lifestyle journalism, foreign news, news geography, news flow
DOI: 10.1177/1748048513504045
ISSN: 1748-0493
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 2013 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2014 02:04
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2014 15:10

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