CFP | 21.3. | Developments in lifestyle journalism

Editors of an upcoming, edited book on lifestyle journalism are calling for chapter proposals. The book is planned with Taylor & Francis’ Routledge imprint, and it’s editors are Lucia Vodanovic and Bryan Pirolli, both of University of the Arts London.

300-word abstracts are due by March 21st this year. Full chapters are expected by October or November this year, and the book should come out by mid-2018, Mr. Pirolli told JRN in an e-mail.

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Lifestyle Journalism: New Media, Experience and Design (planned with Routledge)


ABSTRACTS: 300 words max by March 21, 2017 can be emailed to [email protected]

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.

The book plan is divided into 1) Emerging roles for Lifestyle Journalism, 2) Lifestyle Journalism and New Media, and 3) Journalism, Design, and Culture. 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 editor of Disturbios Culturales (Ediciones UDP, 2012).

Dr. Bryan Pirolli is a lecturer at LCC, University of the Arts London and a researcher affiliated with the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Author of the forthcoming 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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