I krympt kostym. Morgontidningarnas formatförändring och dess konsekvenser
I krympt kostym Morgontidningarnas formatförändring och dess konsekvenser Josefine Sternvik fil.mag. Akademisk avhandling för avläggande av filosofie doktorsexamen i journalistik och masskommunikation, som med tillstånd av Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten vid Göteborgs universitet framläggs för offentlig granskning fredagen den 1 februari 2008 klockan 13.15 i Linnésalen, Institutionen för journalistik och masskommunikation (JMG), Seminariegatan 1b, Göteborg I krympt kostym. Morgontidningarnas formatförändring och dess konsekvenser. [In shrunken suit. The Newspapers Format Change and its Consequences.] Swedish Text and Summary in English. 376 pages. ISBN: 978‐91‐88212‐52‐8. ISSN: 1101‐4652 Josefine Sternvik (email@example.com) Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Göteborg University Box 710, SE‐405 30 Göteborg Doctoral dissertation presented at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Göteborg University Abstract During the first years of the 21st century, the number of newspapers printed in tabloid format in Sweden increased dramatically. The major morning papers switched to a smaller page size and the tabloid format became the branch standard. The empirical aim of the dissertation is to describe the process of format change and explain its significance for the newspaper market in Sweden. The process is ana‐ lyzed from points of view the organization s and the readers . On the one hand, the study analyzes the change in format over time and the format s impact on the news‐ paper as a product and on its production. On the other hand, it analyzes present and potential readers impressions and judgments as well as their reading habits in rela‐ tion to the change in format. Material and methodology used are, among others: document analyses, personal interviews, content analyses, survey research and focus group interviews. The results show that although changes in newspaper format are not a new phe‐ nomenon, the reasons for changing formats differ in time and between newspapers in various market situations. The overriding conclusion is that the format change has significant consequences for the product, the production and for the readers either directly or indirectly although there are variations between individual newspapers and different groups of readers. The switch to tabloid format created new and more opportunities than the full size format did. Even though newspapers took this chance in various extensions, most of them changed their content character in some way. For example they reduced the number of pages and published generally more and larger pictures. From a reader s perspective, the format change is popular, and a change in format tends to lead to increased reading, especially among young people. But the importance of the format change for the reading habits are mainly indirect; connected to marketing and price reduction. The conclusion is that format change can be important for the future of a newspa‐ per in a competitive media environment. The way the newspapers handle the change is significant to how successful it will be in a longer perspective. Keywords Tabloid, tabloidization, format change, format, broadsheet, newspaper, paper size, news‐ paper production, printing press, audience, readership.
Göteborgs universitet/University of Gothenburg
Department of Journalistik and Mass Comminication
Institutionen för journalistik och masskommunikation
Linnésalen Institutionen för journalistik och masskommunikation, Seminariegatan 1 b kl. 13.15
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