The new issue of Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism includes an article of mine based on my study of 85 Australian travel journalists, which was conducted in 2009-10. While a recent paper in the Public Relations Review looked at travel journalists’ views of public relations, this one examines their role perceptions and ethical standards, identifying five dimensions of professional views. Here is the abstract:
Despite significant changes in mainstream journalism in recent decades,journalistic fields beyond the news have been little explored. In an attempt to contribute to a deeper understanding of such fields, this article examines the role perceptions of 85 Australian travel journalists. By viewing travel journalism as a distinct field of practice that is affected by a unique mix of influences, this study identifies five dimensions of practitioners’ role perceptions. These relate to travel journalists’ views of themselves as Cultural Mediators, Critics, Entertainers, Information Providers and Travellers. In addition, the study examines in some depth the ethical standards of travel journalists. Determinants of these views and standards are explored. The study argues that, in light of travel journalists’ increasingly important role in reporting about foreign places, more remains to be done to promote travel stories that show a deeper understanding of other cultures and which contain a more critical appraisal of destinations.
The full article can be accessed here.