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[ecrea] call for chapters: Lifestyle Journalism: New Media, Experience and Design (Routledge 2019)

Sun Oct 21 19:40:17 GMT 2018

*_Lifestyle Journalism: Social Media, Experience and Design_*

/This collection is in a book contract with Routledge. We are looking for one or two additional contributions with a very tight deadline. We are particularly interested in innovative and theoretically robust chapters, and/or contributions based on substantial empirical research./

ABSTRACTS: 300 words max by October 31^st , 2018 can be emailed to (l.vodanovic /at/

New websites, new applications, new publications – the lifestyle genre has continued to expand since Hanusch’s 2013 work examining lifestyle journalism appeared. Encompassing aspects of consumerism, entertainment, cosmopolitanism, as well as traditional journalistic practices, lifestyle journalists continue to work in an ever-evolving media environment. Fashion, food, travel, cinema, and other cultural and consumer topics are arguably more pervasive now than ever as professional media clamors to attract readers and as current event reporting succumbs to increased tabloidization. As newspapers gravitate increasingly towards the Internet, where new information outlets and user-generated content compete for views, lifestyle journalism remains marginalized among academics.

This book seeks to further Hanusch’s work, taking another look at how the lifestyle genre is developing across multiple types of lifestyle subgenres. This book proposes articles related to three axes to study the genre, looking first at evolving theories related to the practices of journalists and consumers alike, and emerging roles of arts and lifestyle journalism. A second axis explores how lifestyle journalism is adapting to new media, including review sites like TripAdvisor, smartphone applications, and other internet-era innovations. The third axis delves into the design aspect of lifestyle media (including the design of ‘experiences’), to explore how publications are changing their approach to traditional journalism, opting for new forms of storytelling or information sharing both online and offline.

Chapter proposals should focus on, but are not limited to, one of the following themes:

New theories of lifestyle journalism

Journalistic practice in lifestyle media

New media and lifestyle journalism

Review sites and consumerism

Bloggers and alternative media

Independent publications and lifestyle

New online platforms

Innovative storytelling related to culture/lifestyle

New tools for lifestyle journalists

Challenges for lifestyle journalism

New actors, new voices

Cultural reporting: fashion, travel, food, arts, video games, cinema, etc.

Niche audiences and special interests

Legacy media vs. new media comparisons

Lifestyle journalism case studies


Dr. Lucia Vodanovic completed both her MA and PhD in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College (UK). She is currently Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of the MA in Arts and Lifestyle Journalism at LCC, University of the Arts London. Her research, framed on the field of social aesthetics, explores topics such as amateurism, knowledge production, art writing and the everyday, and has been featured in publications such as /Journal of Visual Art Practice/, /Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia/ and /Journal of Romance Studies/, amongst others, and in the edited collection /Materiality and Popular Culture: the Popular Life of Things /(Routledge, 2016). She is also the co-editor of /Disturbios Culturales /(Ediciones UDP, 2012).

Dr. Bryan Pirolli is a researcher affiliated with the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Author of Travel Journalism (Routledge, 2018), his research interests include lifestyle and travel media as well as online journalism, participatory media, authenticity and social networks. He has published in /Journalism Practice/ as well as in /Travel Journalism: Exploring Production, Impact and Culture/ (Palgrave, 2014).

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