UK newspapers are often divided into two categories: serious and intellectual newspapers, known as broadsheets due to their huge size and sometimes referred to together as "the quality press," and others, known as tabloids and collectively as "the popular press."
Each category has several different brands. The broadsheets include The Economist, The Guardian, The Times, and The Sunday Times. The tabloids include Daily Mail, Sun, and Mirror.
There are also four national dailies - DAILY NEWS (North America), Jerusalem Post, LA TIMES, and Melbourne Herald-Sun - and one regional daily - THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. They are not considered part of the mainstream newspaper industry and are listed separately here.
The dailies are printed in large cities with large Asian immigrant populations, such as Los Angeles, New York City, and Melbourne. They typically have more detailed coverage than the weekly magazines do.
Regional papers are important for tracking local news and politics. Some examples are the Burlington Free Press in Vermont and the Santa Fe New Mexican in New Mexico.
Magazines are published in various genres including celebrity magazines like US Magazine and TV Guide, fashion magazines like Vogue and Elle, sports magazines like ESPN the Magazine and Golf Digest, science and technology magazines like Wired and Discover, and general interest magazines like Time and Newsweek.
Broadsheet and tabloid are the two most common newspaper formats in the world of print journalism. Although many papers now publish online as well, they remain popular in many parts of the world.
Online news websites tend to be narrower in focus than traditional newspapers, but they provide a more flexible option for readers who want to stay current on topics that don't make the front page or use their time differently than at peak hours for print editions. They can also reach an audience that newspapers cannot; according to Google Analytics, over 1 billion people visited global news website in 2017.
Newspapers are still widely read today because of their quality content and analysis of major news stories. They are also useful for readers looking for quick updates on topics they are interested in.
In addition to news articles, newspapers include sports scores and results, ads from businesses seeking customers, political cartoons, and music charts. Some papers have special sections such as food reviews or real estate listings.
Many newspapers were founded by journalists who wanted to write about issues important to them without being influenced by advertisers. Today, however, newspaper publishers need multiple sources of revenue to survive since they cannot charge advertisers for space in their papers.
A tabloid is a newspaper with a smaller page size than a broadsheet. Broadsheets are larger newspapers that have long been associated with higher-quality journalism, even if the newspaper is currently printed on smaller pages. Today, many large cities have dailies that are both a tabloid and a broadsheet. The term "tabloid" came from the early newspapers which were printed on folded sheets of paper called "tables" because they were not as wide as a modern book page.
Tabloids usually have shorter articles than their broader counterparts. This is because the space used for printing words is much greater on a tabloid page than on a broadsheet page. So, to achieve the same amount of text on each page, journalists use abbreviations or rewrite longer pieces into several parts to fit the space available.
Tabloids began appearing in the late 1800s. They were originally called "flapper papers" because they were sold by girls working in downtown Chicago coffee shops who would distribute them for free. The papers were an important part of women's lives at this time because they did not have the right to vote.
Today, tabloids include the New York Post, Boston Globe, and Houston Chronicle. Newspapers that used to be considered tabloids such as the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune now-broadsheets.
Broadsheet newspapers were traditionally seen to be more high-brow than tabloid newspapers, hence the link of tabloids with trashy, sensationalized, and phony news. However, today's tabloids are no better than their broadsheet counterparts in terms of content quality. They often feature large amounts of fiction and fabricated material.
Here are some other terms for different types of newspapers:
Daily newspaper - published each day except Sunday
Weekly newspaper - published once a week on a Monday
Monthly newspaper - published monthly on the first day of each month
Biannual newspaper - published twice a year
Trilogy newspaper - published at three-month intervals
Quadruple newspaper - published four times per year
Pentacle newspaper - published annually on the fifth anniversary of its publication date
Heptacle newspaper - published annually on the seventh anniversary of its publication date
Octuple newspaper - published eight times per year
Ennead newspaper - published nine times per year
Tabloid newspapers tend to sensationalise celebrity concerns. Broadsheets are more informative since they cover more political and international news. A2 paper is used to print broadsheets. The cover page features a primary article on the left side, with a picture for another story in the center. On the right side is a horizontal list of sections. Inside each section are several rows of articles.
Broadsheets are usually larger than tabloids. They often have eight pages instead of six. Even though they include more detailed articles, broadsheets still report major events like elections or wars in brief form because they want to keep their coverage moving rather than dwelling on one topic for too long. Newspapers aim to catch readers' attention so they can sell more advertising space.
Tabloids focus on crime, sports, entertainment, politics, and lifestyle issues. They often feature gossip about celebrities and tell us what singer is married to whom, who is buying which house, and which movie star is having an affair. These articles are called "scandals". Newspapers use these stories to get readers interested in what else it reports that day. Sometimes one story will lead to others being covered in other articles.
Broadsheets cover international news, politics, business, science, technology, and health. They also report on domestic affairs but generally focus more on foreign countries. Papers print special editions for important events such as the Olympics, World Cup, and presidential election.