The connotation of “tabloid” was soon applied to other small items and to the “compressed” journalism that condensed stories into a simplified, easily-absorbed format (Eva, 2010).
A tabloid is often a weekly or semi-weekly alternative newspaper that focuses on local interest stories and entertainment, sometimes distributed free of charge, or a newspaper that tends to emphasize sensational crime stories, gossip columns repeating scandalous innuendos about the personal lives of celebrities and sport stars, and other so-called “junk food news.” The tabloid newspaper format is mainly popular in United Kingdom and its page magnitude is approximately 17 by 11 inches (430 mm x 280 mm). Its best example being British tabloid is “Daily Mail” (Eva, 2010).
This mode of journalism and newspaper publishing has been exported to different other countries including the United States. The daily tabloids in the U.S. -which date back to the founding of the “New York Daily News” in 1919-are generally much less overheated and less oriented towards scandals and sensationalism than their British counterparts. With the exclusion of the supermarket tabloids, which have little conventional credibility, the word “tabloid” in the U.S. can refer more to format than to content.
Supermarket tabloids are published by American Media, Inc. And the major titles are: “The National Enquirer,” “Star,” “The Globe,” “Sun,” “National Examiner” and “Weekly World News.”
The key to tabloid story writing is that something doesnt have to be true to print someone just has to have said that it was true. Writers can bring in sources and experts to confirm just about anything. Sometimes tabloids do make up their stories out of thin air. In a highly regarded newspaper like the New York Times or Washington Post, the facts in a news story are meticulously checked and confirmed with multiple sources. Editors and writers are conventional to journalistic standards and work hard to uphold an overall intellect of objectivity. Tabloids seem not to follow any of these rules.
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