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The mirrors write up of the Euro '96 match demonstrated several interessting aspects of news reporting. The journalists at the 'Daily Mirror' used a wide range of patriotism and anger.

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Introduction The mirrors write up of the Euro '96 match demonstrated several interessting aspects of news reporting. The journalists at the 'Daily Mirror' used a wide range of patriotism and anger. In my commentary i will be exploring how the mirror exploits language, visual images and presintation in order tom entertain and engage their reader, i will be looking at the semantic field of war, use of pastiche, German/English stereotypes and German vocabulary. Phonetics and Germnay Vocabulary In the mirrors editorial it uses several examples of phonetically spelt words and German vocabulary. There are multiple reasons for this. Firstly to uses German vocabulary to depict taht you are actually talking to the German Nation and no-one else. Secondly to mock the Germans intelligence. Saying that they can't even the learn the most universally spoken language in the world, English. On the front page the jounilst at the miror uses the phrase 'Achtung - surrender!' which is a warning to the Germans to surrender. This makes England sound supirior because the English are conmmaning the Germans to 'surrender' making them sound like they are trying to put the Germans out of There misery, saying that 'there is no point in trying to win over the English'. 'As for you fritz, ze euro '96 champoinship is over'. I have chosen this example because it has numerous way of making the Germans feel intimidated. The mirror intimidates by using personal pronouns to challenge them, the mirror makes sure that the Germans know that this whole paper is talking directly to them by saying 'Ze'. ...read more.


The first and last quotation creates the thought of a gun, and the fist and second quotation connectes with the nazi image of Germans being happy to murder innocent people. In addition to the language used in page two makes the reader believe that the reporter is actually in a war situation, for example, 'calling London', 'Agent...', 'My spies tell me'. All of these are connected with spying and when i read the paper these words constructed images of bravery and courage. So they make the Mirror's reporter seem like the situation that they are in is much more dangerous than it actually is. The secret agent Visual images, on page three, are effective because they connect to the cold war. The cold war started just after world war two because Germany was split into three sections and each section was controlled by either Russia, America or Britain. The Berlin wall was erected to devide east and west Germany. In other words to devide rich (west) and poor (east). To cross over to either side you had to go trough check point charlie, which you can see the 'secret agent' passing through in the first image. The Mirror refers to these images to re-establish the idea that Germany cannot control its population. And that England are still in control. In the second image Secret Agent Dunn is standing next to a 'common (German) car', which by the looks of it is just roadworthy. ...read more.


In conclusion the mirrors report on Euro '96 was to reproduce the hatred of world war two and to make the reader give maximum support to the England team in this so called 'soccor war'. On the whole the mirror produce the news paper well but could of used different techniques that would'nt have disrespected the German nation as much. Semantic Field Of War and Visual Images Most of the articles in the paper are related to world war two. The mirror usesd this to firstly revive all the fellings of patriotism that had been aroused during world war two. And secondly to make the english as hungry for victory as they were feeling (again) in world war two. The front page looks like a poster pronouncing war which has a little pair of scissors as well as it being framed with a dotted line. So this indicates to the reader to cut out the 'poster' and put it up in place where a large majority of people can see it. The poster contains two famous England football players (Stuart Pearce and Paul 'Gazza' Gascoigne) who are maskerading as soldiers who apper to be going into war with there standard ww2 helments on and also the 'screaming' poses on there faces would scare or even be thretening to the opposing side. This image is used because it firstly connects with the play on words 'Pearce In Our Time' (which contrdicts with the image) and secondly it is the first of many images to conjour up feelings of patriotism. ...read more.

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