Comparing a Tabloid and a Broadsheet Newspaper
The purpose of my research is to examine the differences between a broadsheet and a tabloid in detail. The first thing you notice when you look at a newspaper is the size! Traditionally, newspapers have been divided up into tabloids and broadsheets, broadsheets being the larger, more serious papers that you have to fold to read.
The gap between tabloids and broadsheets is a wide one. They look different, they contain different news, they have a different style of writing and they aim to attract different readers. However, the competition for readers is intense, and tabloids and broadsheets may steal tricks off each other in order to win the circulation war.
What is a Broadsheet?
The term “broadsheet” is used both to refer to a generic paper size, and to specific types of publications which have historically been produced on broadsheets. The classic example of a broadsheet is a wide-circulation newspaper, with the broadsheet size being preferred by many newspaper publishers. Newspapers which are intended to act as major news authorities are classically printed on broadsheet-sized pieces of paper.
The Size :
Unlike many other paper sizes, which include very precise dimensions, the dimension of a broadsheet can actually vary considerably. As a general rule, the sheets are vertically long and short horizontally, with a length of at least 22 inches (56 centimeters) and a width which can vary. In a full broadsheet, a sheet of paper is printed and folded to create four pages, a front and back and two inner pages. A half broadsheet is a single piece of paper printed on both sides with no fold. For convenience in distribution, broadsheets are often folded in half lengthwise, but the fold does not impact the page count.
The origins of this paper size appear to lie in the 1600s, when early newspapers began printing half broadsheets with major news of note.
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