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Tabloid Tales By Colin Sparks

Tabloid Tales by Colin Sparks

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Coverage of the "mad cow disease" outbreak in the mid 1990s was accused by many commentators of starting a widespread public panic. These essays examine the diminishing coverage of serious news, often described as "tabloidisation", and study what is going on and what its implications are.

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Tabloid Tales: Global Debates over Media Standards by Colin Sparks

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.

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This book is worth reading and the ideas in it worth exploring. * European Journal Of Communication *
The book is an excellent source of theoretical discussion and well-supported research on tabloidization. * Journal of Communication *
This book-and its willingness to deal with implications-enables the reader to draw better conclusions than would be possible without it. * Media Ethics *
The scope and range of these chapters are impressive. * Media Ethics *
Most rewarding. -- James Boylan * Columbia Journalism Review *

About Colin Sparks

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Tabloid Tales: Global Debates over Media Standards by Colin Sparks
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