Very true. I have more or less learned about travel journalism at school. It is funny how media can invest in such a genre of journalism and not serious journalism. It is a great shift in the field though. I would pretty much enjoy going places and sharing about different locations, taking pictures and videos. Perhaps even blogging would be great. But travel journalism would be more epic if it covered more of places on the map which are hardly spoken of.
That would highlight new horizons in the craft and story telling.
The new magazines also move away from the traditional “colonial” model of travel journalism, where a writer is sent overseas to experience a trip as a holiday-maker would, then report back. Instead, many of the new titles commission pieces from writers with existing connections to a destination (a model that happily saves on travel costs, too). Boat magazine, an early independent which first published in 2010, produces an entire issue focused on a single destination, and moves its editorial team there for several weeks to seek out stories. Many of the new editors are scathing about conventional titles’ focus on hotels and restaurants, and their extensive use of lists. The independents see themselves as being about places, rather than holidays.
Others see themselves as part of a “slow journalism” movement, analogous with slow food and slow travel. “With independent publishing there is clearly a reaction against what else is out…
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