Journalism in the UK For Dummies


By Ally Hamzey

When you come into a new country to study, you’re given some help with learning your way in a few circumstances. However, for the most part, you’re on your own for learning the majority of your way— like with public transportation, converting the metric system, using a different currency, and just coexisting in a completely new culture.

Freelance reporter Nadeem Badshah helped give us a sort of “Journalism in the UK For Dummies” talk today that I immensely appreciated. Comparing media to the US and the UK is the core focus of this study abroad, and it is incredibly helpful to have an expert weigh in on the fundamentals of journalism in the United Kingdom.

There are multiple different facets of tabloid newspaper journalism.There are tabloids such as the Sun, that is concise and uses simple language. There is a kind of tabloid journalism that is more dramatic, but focuses on more upper class issues with a cynical emphasis, such as the Daily Mail. Broadsheets is an example of another different category of tabloid in the UK. Newspapers such as the Daily Telegraph target a more middle class, erudite business man in the UK.

Celebrities are a key focus in popular tabloids such as The Sun.

I found it almost incomparable to the US when he described such uniquely different categories of tabloids in the US. Our celebrity news and tabloids usually are produced in the medium of magazines, for one. I can’t even begin to name a tabloid that targets older, intelligent men in the US, either. This was another distinction from US news that I was fascinated to learn of today, among countless other differences Nadeem noted.

Us Weekly is a celebrity tabloid magazine that contrasts with the celebrity newspaper medium, which is more prevalent in the UK.

As a journalism major, I always am compelled by current journalists in the industry, and I crave to soak up as much knowledge as I possibly can. Nadeem’s truthful and informative display of information on the current status and future of journalism in the UK helped draw media comparisons into perspective today.

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