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What is the difference between tabloids and broadsheet newspapers?

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melysantos | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 19, 2009 at 10:13 PM via web

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What is the difference between tabloids and broadsheet newspapers?

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted July 6, 2009 at 2:41 AM (Answer #1)

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The terms tabloid and broadsheet refer primarily to different types of newspaper classified primarily on the basis of the size of paper used. Tabloids are substantially smaller than broadsheets. There is no established standard for the size of the newspapers but generally the size of tabloids is 11"x17", while that of broadsheet is 11.75"x21.5".

There is fixed rule regarding the type of reading material contained in these two type of papers, but the tabloids generally tend to contain information on less serious matters such as entertainment and fashion, while broadsheet are primarily devoted to news on serious matters such as politics, government, business and industry.

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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 26, 2015 at 2:37 PM (Answer #2)

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As the above answer states, tabloids are smaller in size than broadsheets and generally tend to emphasize different subjects: subjects that might be regarded as being lighter, or less taxing, than those dealt with by broadsheets. However, that is not to say that tabloids don't tackle more serious topics also, but their approach tends to be different (as discussed below).

Furthermore, broadsheets will tend to deal more with goings-on in the wider world whereas tabloids will mostly stick with topics closer to home. Tabloids would focus more on, say, a national murder case while broadsheets would place more emphasis on international politics.

There is another, very important difference between tabloids and broadsheets generally: the use of language and tone. It is fair to say that tabloids use much more colloquial, emotive and even provocative language than broadsheets, and generally come up with more sensationalist and lurid headlines. They want to appeal more to readers' emotions, whereas the broadsheets use a more objective and formal style designed to appeal more to reason and intellect.

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thetall | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 26, 2015 at 8:02 PM (Answer #3)

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Broadsheet refers to a newspaper 11 inches wide and 20 inches long in dimension thus the term “Broadsheet”. These types of newspapers use traditional approach to print journalism where they prefer serious expressions and in-depth coverage in their stories. These types of newspapers focus on unbiased news stories that are factual. The titles to the stories are normally long in an attempt to capture the facts of the story.

Tabloids refer to newspapers that are 11 by 17 inches in dimension and are normally smaller than their Broadsheet counterparts. They have shorter stories and employ short titles which are mostly sensational. The tone of the stories may not be serious and such newspapers prefer the use of slang, for instance using cop to refer to police. Tabloids print controversial or dramatic stories that may not be factual, in this case celebrity gossip.

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