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The Sensation of Tabloids

So, when people talk about supermarket tabloids, this is probably the first thing that comes to mind:

But what is it really like working at a news source like the National Enquirer. One reporter gave the lowdown in an article published on the Huffington Post website entitled, “Working at the National Enquirer Is Just Like Working at Any Other Newspaper — But Weirder.” Here are some excerpts from the article to give you a better idea of what goes on behind the scenes:

“…I’ve worked for the National Enquirer. And Star magazine. AndGlobe. And the National Examiner. All four tabloids are owned by the same company, American Media, Inc., which is based in Boca Raton, Florida.”

“Why would one company own four celebrity tabloids with four separate staffs? Wouldn’t it make sense to merge them all into one mega-tab? No. Each tabloid has its own audience. Star appeals to hip women in their 20s […] The National Enquirer‘s readership is older, more affluent, and more political […] Globe and the National Examiner are geared to middle-aged conservative women.”

“Believe it or not, there’s a pecking order in the AMI offices. Star magazine is considered top of the tabs. It has the highest circulation, prints on the glossiest paper, and possesses the most coveted demographic: young women. Nipping at its heels is the National Enquirer, next in circulation and the most journalistic of the bunch. Tied for last place are Globe and Examiner…”

“…at the tabloids, two lawyers review every story.”

“Most of what you read in the tabloids came from somewhere else. A staff of writers never leave the newsroom. They scour every other celebrity publication in existence — AMI has assistants walking around all day long, dropping copies of these publications on the writers’ desks. If the writers can’t verify these stories on their own, they just quote from them.”

One of the things I never really thought about until reading this article is that, especially recently, is that the National Enquirer has been attempting to put more truth in than made up stories:

“And it is good reporting. The Enquirer follows the paper trail — I bet it requests more public documents on a monthly basis than most “respectable” newspapers in this country. You don’t have to like the National Enquirer. But if you’re a journalist, you should appreciate the way it does things. Because it’s very similar to the way you do things.”

Within every joke or legend lies some truth.

The full article can be found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-koretzky/working-at-the-emnational_b_636245.html

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