Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Jean Ann Colbert
Lifestyle sections generally were introduced into American daily newspapers in the 1970s and typically evolved from what had been styled as women's pages. Despite an assumption that we can all identify what “lifestyle” might mean, most newspaper definitions are still in flux as editors seek to define what it is that readers might want to read (and what advertisers will support). Some papers have lifestyle sections that could be defined as entertainment or celebrity driven—not much of a change in philosophy from the old women's/society sections which concentrated on the doings of the local rich and influential. Lifestyle sections themselves are sometimes listed separately and sometimes classified as part of feature pages. Sometimes they are not included in current staff listings at all; indeed, it is instructive to see how newspaper structure has changed by studying the listings in Editor & Publisher Year Book . In 1976, in the middle ...