1st Edition

Global Tabloid Culture and Technology

Edited By Martin Conboy, Scott Eldridge II Copyright 2021
    234 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection brings together a range of contemporary expertise to discuss the development and impact of tabloid news around the world.

    In thirteen chapters, Global Tabloid covers tabloid developments in Asia, Africa, the Americas, Australia, and both Eastern and Western Europe. It presents innovative research from eighteen expert contributors and editors who explore tabloidization as a phenomenon, and tabloids as a news form. With an awareness of historical dynamics where tabloids played a role in national news media systems, it brings the debates around tabloids as a cultural force up to date. The book addresses important questions about the contemporary nature of popular culture, the challenges it faces in the digital era, and its impact on a political world dominated by tabloid values. Going beyond national borders to consider global developments, the editors and contributors explore how the tabloids have permeated media culture more generally and how they are adapting to an increasingly digitalized media sphere.   

    This internationally focused critical study is a valuable resource for students and researchers in journalism, media, and cultural studies.


    1. Tabloid culture: Parameters and debates
    2. Martin Conboy

    3. Digital impacts on the tabloid sphere: Blurring and diffusion of a popular form and its power
    4. Scott A. Eldridge II

    5. ‘Tabloidization’ in the Internet age
    6. Julia Lefkowitz

    7. Is Facebook driving tabloidization?: A cross-channel comparison of two German newspapers
    8. Melanie Magin, Miriam Steiner, Andrea Häuptli, Birgit Stark and Linards Udris

    9. Tabloids in Zimbabwe: A moral-ethical research agenda
      Khulekani Ndlovu
    10. Trivializing entertainment news in India: Elements of tabloidization in the news coverage of Bollywood celebrities
      Sreedevi Purayannur
    11. Tabloid and populist sensitivities in Denmark
    12. Henrik Bødker

    13. Recent shifts in the Australian tabloid landscape: Fissures and new formations
    14. Stephen Harrington

    15. The post-communist "hybrid" tabloid: Between the serious and the "yellow"
    16. Lada Trifonova Price

    17. From baby bumps to border walls: Celebrity gossip magazines and the post-truth politic
    18. Andrea McDonnell

    19. Dispatches from la Crónica Roja: Why sensationalism and crime still matter in the new Latin America media ecology
    20. Marcela F. Pizarro and Jairo Lugo-Ocando

    21. The rise and fall of tabloid journalism in post-Mao China: Ideology, the market, and the new media revolution
    22. Chengju Huang

    23. Reclaiming and tabloidizing "truth" in Turkey

              Mine Gencel Bek


    Martin Conboy is Emeritus Professor of Journalism History and the co-director of the Centre for the Study of Journalism and History at the University of Sheffield. He has produced ten books on the language and history of journalism. Specific to this project he wrote Tabloid Britain (2006) and with Professor Adrian Bingham Tabloid Century (2015). His 2002 book The Press and Popular Culture has recently been translated into Czech with a new introduction. He is on the editorial boards of Journalism Studies; Media History; Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism; and Memory Studies.

    Scott A. Eldridge II, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies, University of Groningen. His research addresses digital journalism and the changing journalistic field, focusing on antagonistic journalistic actors. He is the author of numerous studies on these changes, including Online Journalism from the Periphery: Interloper Media and the Journalistic Field (2018), and is co-editor with Bob Franklin of The Routledge Handbook of Developments in Digital Journalism Studies (2019) and The Routledge Companion to Digital Journalism Studies (2017). He is an associate editor for the journal Digital Journalism.

    "This book brings together a rich array of perspectives on tabloid culture. With examples gathered from around the world, and perspectives ranging from the ethical to the political and technological, located within a variety of social settings and economic systems, this collection is set to become a standard reference point for students of this much-maligned yet perennially influential cultural form" - Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town, Author of Tabloid Journalism in South Africa – True Story!