This volume examines how tabloid newspapers are read and the relation between the messages they present and the popular culture on which they both draw and aim to appeal. In a series of interrelated studies, the authors examine the theoretical problems in assessing popular journalism, and consider common examples of its manifestations - its relationship to media stars, the coverage of sport, and the presentation of news in a "popular" form.
Peter Dahlgren is Principal Lecturer in the Department of Journalism, Media and Communications at the University of Stockholm. He is the author or editor of numerous works in Swedish and of two books in English, both of which he edited with Colin Sparks: Communication and Citizenship (Sage, 1991) and Journalism and Popular Culture (Sage, 1992). Colin Sparks is a professor at the Centre for Communication and Information Studies at the Univeristy of Westminster and Co-Editor of Media, Culture and Society. Anna Reading is a lecturer at Southbank University and Assistant Editor of Media, Culture and Society.