Tabloid Tales: Global Debates Over Media Standards

Front Cover
Colin Sparks, John Tulloch
Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 315 pages
0 Reviews
Coverage of the Clinton-Lewinsky saga followed in a long trail of media exposures of the more personal details of the lives of public figures. Many commentators have seen stories like this, and TV shows like Jerry Springer's, as evidence of a decline in the standards of the mass media. This increasing interest in private lives and the falling off of coverage of serious news is often described as Otabloidization.O 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 Odumbing downO or whether it is a necessary tactic for the mass media to engage with new audiences who do not have the news habit. Tabloid Tales will be of interest to students and scholars in journalism, mass communication, political science, and cultural and media studies.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

The Panic over Tabloid News
1
Are the Tabloids Taking Over?
41
Political Space and the Trade in Television News
43
Does Tabloidization Make German Local Newspapers Successful?
63
Tabloidization in the British Press A Quantitative Investigation into Changes in British Newspapers 19521997
75
Thirty Years of Competition in the British Tabloid Press The Mirror and the Sun 19681998
91
The Development of the Tabloid Press in Hungary
111
Tabloid Journalism in Perspective
129
Tabloidized Political Coverage in the German BildZeitung
177
Tabloidization Media Panics and Mad Cow Disease
195
What Implications Does Tabloid Journalism Have for Society?
211
Audience Demands in a Murderous Market Tabloidization in US Television News
213
Literacy Seriousness and the Oprah Winfrey Book Club
229
Rethinking Personalization in Current Affairs Journalism
251
La Nota Roja Popular Journalism and the Transition to Democracy in Mexico
267
Tabloidization Popular Journalism and Democracy
285

The Eternal Recurrence of New Journalism
131
The Home and Family Section in the Japanese Newspaper
147
Talking about the Tabloids Journalists Views
163
Index
301
About the Editors and Contributors
313
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

Media and Health
Clive Seale
Limited preview - 2002
All Book Search results »

About the author (2000)

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.

Bibliographic information