For newspapers, size matters (14 May 2004)
As any reader knows, more than describing the size of the paper, the terms are really about the different journalistic styles and attitudes. As Ed King, head of the newspaper collection at the British Library puts it, the terms have 'rather subjective connotations applied to each, often by those who have something to gain or lose from the situation'.
Thus broadsheets think of themselves as 'the quality press' - while for them and their readers tabloids denote big brash headlines, Page 3 nudes, paparazzi pictures, tittle-tattle, celebrity gossip and a lack of seriousness.
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