`Tabloidization' of News

  title={`Tabloidization' of News},
  author={Frank Esser},
  journal={European Journal of Communication},
  pages={291 - 324}
  • F. Esser
  • Published 1 September 1999
  • Economics
  • European Journal of Communication
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