The SAGE Key Concepts series provide students with accessible and authoritative knowledge of the essential topics in a variety of disciplines. Cross-referenced throughout, the format encourages critical evaluation through understanding. Written by experienced and respected academics, the books are indispensable study aids and guides to comprehension. Key Concepts in Journalism offers a systematic and accessible introduction to the terms, processes, and effects of journalism;a combination of practical considerations with theoretical issues; and further reading suggestions. The authors bring an enormous range of experience in newspaper and broadcast journalism, at national and regional level, as well as their teaching expertise. This book will be essential reading for students in journalism, and an invaluable reference tool for their professional careers.


A neologism, coined by Alan Rusbridger (the current editor of the British broadsheet newspaper the Guardian) to describe a growing tendency of broadsheet newspapers to adopt the stories and styles of tabloid reporting. Franklin (1997) argues that this transformation is observable in four principal ways: first, broadsheets now ‘contain less news, especially foreign news, parliamentary news and investigative stories’ (ibid.: 7), preferring photographs to these expensive reporting formats. Second, ‘views have increasingly replaced news’ (ibid.: 8), with broadsheets choosing to fill the pages emptied of international and investigative reporting with engaging opinion from columnists. Third, Franklin suggests that broadsheets are increasingly ‘allocating a high news priority to stories which until recently would have been dismissed and disdained as merely tabloid stories’ (ibid.: 9). Thus, ...

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