- Step 1: Get a college degree Get a college degree in journalism or a related field, such as English or communications. Tabloid journalism requires strong reporting and writing skills; many mainstream media stories originate in the tabloids.
- Step 2: Study the tabloids Study several different tabloids to get a feel for the types of stories they publish and for their writing style.
- TIP: Celebrity-filled Los Angeles is a good place to live to become a tabloid reporter, as are New York and London.
- Step 3: Generate leads Generate eye-catching lead stories, or "leads." Most tabloids want fresh celebrity stories, high-profile scandals, or the bizarre. This requires digging deep for a story angle and may also call for a bit of creative embellishment.
- TIP: Learn tabloid jargon. Stories are written using simple language and often incorporate key catch phrases.
- Step 4: Be competitive Be competitive to stay in the tabloid game. Tabloids hire mainly freelancers, many who have no formal contract, so consistently generating publishable stories is vital.
- Step 5: Build contacts Build contacts to ensure you’ll always have a story. Contacts and sources are crucial to the tabloid industry; a reporter who doesn’t build a roster of them won’t be successful.
- Step 6: Develop a unique style Develop your own unique style. Tabloid writers distinguish themselves by what they routinely cover and their use of humor, wryness, or other signature hooks.
- FACT: The word tabloid was coined in the 1880s by a London pharmaceutical company that marketed compressed tablets as 'tabloid' pills.
You Will Need
- A college degree
- A stack of tabloids
- Eye-catching leads
- A competitive nature
- Contacts and sources
- A unique writing style
- A mastery of tabloid jargon (optional)