Tabloid Journalism In South Africa: True Story! by Herman WassermanTabloid Journalism In South Africa: True Story! by Herman Wasserman

Tabloid Journalism In South Africa: True Story!

byHerman Wasserman

Paperback | May 31, 2010

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Less than a decade after the advent of democracy in South Africa, tabloid newspapers have taken the country by storm. One of these papers-the Daily Sun-is now the largest in the country, but it has generated controversy for its perceived lack of respect for privacy, brazen sexual content, and unrestrained truth-stretching. Herman Wasserman examines the success of tabloid journalism in South Africa at a time when global print media are in decline. He considers the social significance of the tabloids and how they play a role in integrating readers and their daily struggles with the political and social sphere of the new democracy. Wasserman shows how these papers have found an important niche in popular and civic culture largely ignored by the mainstream media and formal political channels.

Herman Wasserman is Professor in Journalism and Media/Cultural Studies at Rhodes University in South Africa. He is co-editor of At the End of the Rainbow: Power, Politics, and Identity in the Post-Apartheid South African Media and editor of Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies.
Title:Tabloid Journalism In South Africa: True Story!Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.62 inPublished:May 31, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253222117

ISBN - 13:9780253222114


Table of Contents


1. Shock! Horror! Scandal! The Tabloid Controversy and Journalism Studies in Post-Apartheid South Africa
2. Attack of the Killer Newspapers! Tabloids Arrive in South Africa
3. Black and White and Read All Over: Tabloids and the Glocalization of Popular Media
4. Not Really Newspapers: Tabloids and the South African Journalistic Paradigm
5. The Revolution Will Be Printed: Tabloids, Citizenship, and Democratic Politics in Post-Apartheid South Africa
6. Truth or Trash? Understanding Tabloid Journalism and Lived Experience
7. Often They Cry with the People: The Professional Identities of Tabloid Journalists
8. Conclusion: Telling Stories


Editorial Reviews

This is a thoughtful, refreshing and timely contribution to the South African and international media literature. It attempts to grasp tabloid journalism in all its dimensions: in its blatant commercialism, its social justice implications, its unpalatable eccentricity and sensationalism, its challenge to hierarchies of taste and cultural capital, and its role vis-à-vis the national journalistic field on the one hand and broader society on the other.