What are the Characteristics of a Tabloid? ❖Key source of gossip.❖Colorful adjectives.❖Lack of fact-checking. ❖Interesting, shocking and appealing Headlines.❖Sentences of 16-30 short words.❖Columns are narrow and easy to read.❖Phrases do not repeat themselves.❖Stories are personal.❖Falsification of entire incidents.❖Answers the six basic questions: Who? What? When? Where? How? Why? ❖Basic point is to attract reader’s attention.❖Based on rumors.❖Funny information.❖Eye-opening stories that are long on scandal and mayhem (willful damage or violence) but short on analysis or depth. •Rely on gossip•Barely credible sources•Use the material merely for entertainment•Defend the guilt or innocence of the parties involved.•Most stories examine crime and sex.•Over exaggerate on stories making them seem more dramatic•Covers problems of lives of celebrities.•Stories on murder and gore (blood).•Eye-opening stories•Yellow journalism is a type of journalism where sensationalism triumphs over factual reporting.•Tabloids practically reinvent the story that has actually taken place.•Consists of large papers, usually 11-by-17 inches•Takes a moralizing tone
•Uses checkbook journalism❖Used to be called “scandal sheets.”❖A lot of stories about scandals and sex.❖Personal problems of Presidents and celebrities made public in tabloids.❖Focuses on famous people’s personal lives.❖Stories about murders.❖Many pictures.❖Contains stories not usually found in newspapers or magazines.❖Does not present a lot of facts❖There are a lot of fake stories/things that never happened.❖Damages peoples’ reputations by lies.❖Tabloids tend to over-exaggerate stories.❖Critical❖Bias ❖Many sections are found in tabloids:1.Advice/Comment sections.2.Joke section.3.Advertising section.4.Clothes section.❑Tabloid is “Peeping Tom” journalism.❑A tabloid has two meanings a newspaper that specializes in sleazy, it talks about sensational stories and it is a newspaper that is printed into smaller paper that folds like a book.❑Tabloids are fun to read because you will enjoy them and you will learn new things about what’s happening.❑A tabloid has a small amount of writing but a huge amount of pictures. Usually there would be a huge picture on the first page of the tabloid it is like the cover.❑Tabloids mainly talk about shocking things.❑The Characteristics of tabloids is that they are specializing in the sensational, they use scandal sheets, they feature bold pictorial coverage of sex escapades, murder and gore, sports and about many things but mostly rich and famous people.