The increasing interest in private lives and the falling off of coverage of serious news is often described as 'tabloidization.' The essays in this book are the first serious scholarly studies of what is going on and what its implications are. Reality, it turns out, is much more complex than some of the laments suggest. As the contributors show, this is not just a U.S. problem but is repeated in country after country, and it is not certain that the media anywhere are getting more tabloid. What is more, there is no consensus about whether tabloidization is just 'dumbing down' or whether it is a necessary tactic for the mass media to engage with new audiences who do not have the news habit.
Colin Sparks is professor of media studies in the Centre for Communication and Information Studies at the University of Westminster. John Tulloch is chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Westminster.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction: The Panic over Tabloid News Part 3 Part One: Are the Tabloids Taking Over? Chapter 4 1 Political Space and the Trade in Television News Chapter 5 2 Does Tabloidization Make German Local Newspapers Successful? Chapter 6 3 Tabloidization in the British Press: A Quantitative Investigation into Changes in British Newspapers, 1952-1997 Chapter 7 4 Thirty Years of Competition in the British Tabloid Press: The Mirror and the Sun, 1968-1998 Chapter 8 5 The Development of the Tabloid Press in Hungary Part 9 Part Two: Tabloid Journalism in Perspective Chapter 10 6 The Eternal Recurrence of New Journalism Chapter 11 7 The Home and Family Section in the Japanese Newspaper Chapter 12 8 Talking about the Tabloids: Journalists' Views Chapter 13 9 Tabloidized Political Coverage in the German Bild-Zeitung Chapter 14 10 Tabloidization, Media Panics, and Mad Cow Disease Part 15 Part Three: What Implications Does Tabloid Journalism Have for Society? Chapter 16 11 Audience Demands in a Murderous Market: Tabloidization of U.S. Television News Chapter 17 12 Literacy, Seriousness, and the Oprah Winfrey Book Club Chapter 18 13 Rethinking Personalization in Current Affairs Journalism Chapter 19 14 La Nota Roja: Popular Journalism and the Transition to Democracy in Mexico Chapter 20 15 Tabloidization, Popular Journalism, and Democracy