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‘We look after our own’: The cultural dynamics of celebrity in a small country

Volume 19, Issue 2

October, 2013

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Barnes, L. (2013). ‘We look after our own’: The cultural dynamics of celebrity in a small country. Pacific Journalism Review, 19(2), 86-106.
CELEBRITY AND SCANDAL
Author(s): Lyn Barnes, Jeremy Olds
Publication date: 
October, 2013

Unlike the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia, where celebrities are often subjected to derision in the tabloid media, the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, the country’s longest-running women’s magazine, respects and values its local celebrities. A content analysis of cover lines on the magazine over the past eight decades reveals that although the magazine has adhered to a steadfast formula of celebrating mothers and wives, there has been a steady shift to a focus on the love lives and scandals of foreign celebrities. More recently, however, the magazine has turned its attention to well-known New Zealanders and developed its own brand of celebrity news.