Ranging from travel to wellbeing and fashion to food, Lifestyle Journalism explores a wide variety of subjects within a growing field.

This edited collection examines the complex dynamics of the ever-evolving media environment of lifestyle journalism, encompassing aspects of consumerism, entertainment and cosmopolitanism, as well as traditional journalistic practices. Through detailed case studies and research, the book discusses themes of consumer culture, identity, representation, the sharing economy and branding while bringing in important new aspects such as social media and new cultural intermediaries. International and cross-disciplinary, the book is divided into four parts: emerging roles; experience and identity in lifestyle media; new players and lifestyle actors; and lifestyle consumerism and brands.

Featuring case studies from a variety of countries including Turkey, the US, Chile and the UK, this is an important resource for journalism students and academics.

chapter |10 pages


Lifestyle journalism: social media, consumption and experience

part I|2 pages

Emerging roles of lifestyle journalism

chapter 2|12 pages

Idealised authenticity

Analysing Jean Baudrillard’s Theory of Simulation and its applicability to food coverage in city magazines

chapter 3|13 pages

Journalism ‘without news’

The beauty journalist private/professional self in The Guardian’s ‘below the line’ comments

part II|2 pages

Experience, consumption and identity

chapter 4|13 pages

Reconciling religion and consumerism

Islamic lifestyle media in Turkey

chapter 5|11 pages

Travel journalists as cultural mediators

A qualitative discourse analysis on the ‘othering’ of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown

chapter 6|12 pages

The impact of social media in lifestyle journalism in Mexico

Serving citizens versus creating consumers

part III|2 pages

New players and lifestyle actors

chapter 7|11 pages

Communicative value chains

Fashion bloggers and branding agencies as cultural intermediaries

chapter 9|13 pages

Agents of change

The parallel roles of trend forecasters and lifestyle journalists as mediators and tastemakers of consumer culture

part IV|2 pages

Lifestyle, consumerism and branding

chapter 10|12 pages

Food and journalism

Storytelling about gastronomy in newspapers from the U.S. and Spain

chapter 11|13 pages

Travel journalism and the sharing economy

Airbnbmag and sourcing

chapter 12|13 pages

Lifestyle journalism as brand practice

The cases of Uniqlo and Abercrombie & Fitch