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The History of Tabloids and Their Effect on American Culture

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Sage Rundlett

on 13 February 2014

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Transcript of The History of Tabloids and Their Effect on American Culture

The History and Ethics of Tabloid Journalism
Tabloids Today
There are six main tabloids:
National Enquirer
Weekly World News
They are all owned by American Media.
The readership for tabloids is about 50 million people.
Why Tabloids use this method?
"Immediate reward"
Tabloids can always retract their statements.
They make millions of dollars for each scandal they release.
First Tabloids
The first tabloids were rooted from penny savers and the yellow journalism.
In 1890, the first half-page tabloid was created in London, England. It was called the
Daily Continent
America's first successful tabloid was the New York Daily News and was published in 1919.
In the 1950s, tabloids focused on gruesome car accidents and bloody mutilations.
By the 1960s, they focused on alien abductions and medical oddities.
By the end of the 1960s and early 70s, tabloids had converted to mainly celebrity gossip.
"Checkbook Journalism"
"Checkbook Journalism" is when you pay for materials or stories.
This can include a quote or a story from a witness.
Tabloids don't care if it's true, as long as someone says it.

Example of "Checkbook Journalism"
Ronald Newt Sr. was offered $200,000 to say that Michael Jackson had touched his twin sons when they were at the Neverland Ranch.
Enquirer tried to "train" him on what to say.
Reporter wanted to add Michael Jackson to list of celebrities that he had destroyed with scandals.
By the 1970s and 1980s, tabloids were in supermarkets and drugstores.
The three major tabloids (The National Enquirer, Star, and Midnight Globe) were printed in full color by 1978.
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