Packaging television news: The effects of tabloid on information processing and evaluative responses

Maria Elizabeth Grabe, Shuhua Zhou, Annie Lang, Paul David Bolls

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Abstract

This experiment assessed the impact of formal features associated with the packaging of tabloid and standard news on viewer arousal, attention, information recognition, memory, and evaluations of news. The flamboyant tabloid packaging style increased arousal and attention but did not have a significant impact on recognition memory or delayed free recall of information. Moreover, viewers found standard versions to be more believable and informative than the tabloid versions of news stories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-598
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

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