Taking travel journalism seriously : suggestions for scientific inquiry into a neglected genre

Hanusch, Folker (2009) Taking travel journalism seriously : suggestions for scientific inquiry into a neglected genre. In Flew, Terry (Ed.) Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship : Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2009, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD.

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Abstract

The practice of travel journalism is still largely neglected as a field of inquiry for communication and journalism scholars, despite the fact that news media are increasingly focussing on softer news. Lifestyle sections of newspapers, for example, have been growing in size over the past few decades, and given corresponding cutbacks in international news reporting, particularly travel journalism is now playing a growing role in the representation of ‘the Other’. While this need for research into the field has been identified before, very little actual investigation of travel journalism has been forthcoming. This paper reviews the current state of research by reviewing what studies have been conducted into the production, content and reception of travel journalism. It argues that while there does now exist a very small number of studies, these have often been conducted in isolation and with significant limitations, and much remains to be done to sufficiently explore this sub-field of journalism. By analysing what we do know about travel journalism, the paper suggests a number of possibilities in each area on how we can advance this knowledge. Above all, it contends that dated prejudices against the field have to be put to the side, and the practice of travel journalism needs to be taken seriously in order to do its growing importance justice.

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ID Code: 74047
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Travel Journalism, Lifestyle Journalism, Journalism Practice, Othering
ISBN: 9781741072754
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2014 22:33
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2014 14:48

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