Changes to the publishing industry at the beginning of the 18th century led to the adoption of large pages, or broadsheets, in the printing of newspapers. The use of a larger page for newspaper publication meant that editions could present more information, especially if they arranged information and articles into columns and used smaller text. Ultimately, the broadsheet format led to the inclusion of editorial commentary and critique as well as the hiring of permanent writers and the eventual professionalization of the publication industry.

Conceptually, broadsheet newspapers reflect an interest in political, business, economic, and social matters. Historically, they have been contrasted to tabloids that focus on entertainment, sports, and sensationalism. In cities where broadsheet newspapers and tabloids compete for readers, broadsheet newspapers have traditionally been ...

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