A broadsheet is the largest newspaper format and is characterized by long vertical pages (typically 22.5 in (57 cm)). Other common newspaper formats include the smaller Berliner and tabloid/compact formats.

The broadsheet, broadside, was used as a format for musical and popular prints in the 17th century. Eventually, people began using the broadsheet as a source for political activism by reprinting speeches.

In some countries, especially Australia, Canada, the UK, and the U.S., broadsheet newspapers are commonly perceived to be more intellectual in content than their tabloid counterparts. They tend to use their greater size to publish stories exploring topics in-depth, while carrying less sensationalist and celebrity-oriented material. This distinction is most obvious on the front page; whereas tabloids tend to have a single story dominated by a headline, broadsheets allow two or more stories to be displayed, of which the most important sit at the top of the page - "above the fold".

In other countries, such as Spain, a small format is a universal standard for newspapers - a popular, sensational press has had difficulty taking rootβ€”and the tabloid-size does not carry pejorative connotations.

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