Broadsheet Profile

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A broadsheet originally was a way of disseminating official royal notices in Britain and eventually evolved into newspapers. Today, broadsheet usually refers to newspapers with a primary focus on news and politics and other serious journalism. Broadsheet is also a size of paper typically used for newspapers and accompanying advertisements regardless of the type of content.

Broadsheet As a Paper Size

In printing, a broadsheet is a sheet of paper that is typically between 14 to 18 inches wide and 22 to 25 inches tall.

This may also be called a half broadsheet because the publication (usually newspapers) are typically printed on paper that is twice the size of a broadsheet then folded in half, creating 4 pages of the publication. See the wide range of broadsheet paper sizes used in the US and other countries.

In addition to newspapers, a broadsheet also refers to any type of large flier or advertisement. These advertisements are often printed on half or full broadsheet papers and inserted into newspapers.

A broadsheet size publication is one with a finished size (no matter what size of paper is used) of a broadsheet — with the actual size varying by country and even by individual publication. The more or less standard 17 x 22 inch US broadsheet can be cut into various half sizes to create other standard publication sizes. Half of a broadsheet is tabloid size. A quarter of a broadsheet is letter size. An eighth of a broadsheet is digest or booklet size.

Broadsheet As a Type of Journalism

At one point in time, serious or professional journalism was found predominantly in broadsheet size newspapers. Tabloid size newspapers, on the other hand, were typically less serious and often sensationalist, covering much more celebrity news and alternative or fringe news topics.

Tabloid journalism became a derogatory term. Today many so-called serious publications are downsizing to tabloid size (also referred to as compact) papers.

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