• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

An Analysis of the techniques of the techniques used by journalists to influence the readers' opinions and thoughts

Extracts from this document...


Media Coursework An Analysis of the techniques of the techniques used by journalists to influence the readers' opinions and thoughts Today news can be reported in a variety of different ways: television, websites, radio, but the main method for communicating the new is in newspapers. There are two main types of newspaper: tabloid and broadsheet. A tabloid newspaper reports a wide variety of subjects including gossip and entertaining news. Examples of tabloid newspapers are The Sun, The Daily Mail, and The Daily Star. Tabloids usually use bold lettering and photos to accompany their main articles. Another technique used by some tabloid newspapers is portraying evocative photographs of women on the front page in order to encourage men to buy their papers. Broadsheet papers were traditionally sold to businessmen, as they contain shares and stock values. There is more international news in the broadsheet and it is clearly organised in columns with smaller headlines and smaller text. They can contain political cartoons, and many use sophisticated, formal vocabulary. Examples of broadsheet papers are: The Guardian and The Telegraph. Each paper may have a political view for example; The Guardian has a left wing view and reflects the ideas of the Labour Party. ...read more.


The writer (Kim Sengupta) does not put forward his own point of view in this article. Quotes from MPs and Police members are used, and they put forward their opinions. As they have opposing views to each other. Sengupta has tried to include arguments from both sides. This is an effective technique, because it lets the readers make up their own mind about the subject. Although there are only two main stories, the writer has organised them into three sections. Section one consists of paragraphs one to four and deals with the victim's own view on the debate. Pc Dunne believed that the police force should be armed "What use is a stick against bullets?" Section two includes paragraphs five to nine and discusses Pc Dunne's life, and then leads on to his murder. In the first part, it includes background information on Pc Dunne: "quit teaching to become a policeman three years ago." It then deals with his "tragic" murder and includes colloquial, informal language. Section three contains paragraphs ten to twelve. This includes the discussion on whether the police force should be armed or not. ...read more.


Also, the words differ from the expressions used in article one; they are not used in order to evoke sympathy from the reader or to create a dramatic atmosphere. The phrases used to describe the manner in which Pc Dunne died are blunt and straight to the point: "the killing" and "shot". This is in contrast to article one, where the words were exaggerated and embellished. The writers use a combination of sentence structures in this article. For example there are many complex sentences e.g. in paragraph one, and some simple sentences e.g. in paragraph nine. The writers also use a variety of complex punctuation. For example, colons, semi colons, commas, exclamation marks and full stops. Sophisticated vocabulary is used in this article. These include: "indiscriminately", "lucrative", "and derivative". The language is more formal, and less exaggerated than in article one. Also it is factual, and helps to provide a descriptive account of the murder and the other key issues. I think that article two is more effective than article one. I believe this as it reports the facts in a detailed, well-researched manner. Unlike in article one, it doesn't include words to directly affect the reader; we are just informed about what is important. In comparison to article one, it contains more sophisticated, but not exaggerated, vocabulary. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Newspapers & Magazines section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Newspapers & Magazines essays

  1. The two articles we have looked at for analysis have a common theme - ...

    The middle-sized picture of a young woman on a sunbed is a reflection of the headline. In the same way as the headline, the image shows contrast: the white sunbed - 'Sun' compares to the burnt skin - 'Vampires'. This helps the readers build much more vivid images of what 'Sun Vampires' look like.

  2. Look at the two Articles concerned with the War in Kosovo - Examine the ...

    in the "War in Europe" heading, the two photographs on their own would actually get the writers message across (because in the photographs the Landscape in the background tells us the carnage is in Europe). So the writer really wants the reader/viewer to focus more on the photographs than the

  1. Textual Analysis and Comparison

    A typical tabloid article has a simple, sensational headline, sometimes in the form of a pun, which grabs the reader's attention. The first striking point of the article is the bold headline which fills approximately the same amount of space as the actual written content of the article.

  2. Representaion of villain in film

    Matilda and Leon move to a new apartment and begin to bond. The final section resolves the enigma as Stansfield finds the two and the final conflict ensues. Leon singularly resolves the enigma, as he is the hero, by killing Stansfield and his self with a grenade.

  1. Analyse the Amnesty International appeal leaflet discussing the persuasive techniques and the effect on ...

    to the horror of Rwanda to show the audience exactly what is happening. The article contains more images, a small amnesty international logo in the first paragraph; this is to remind the reader of the charity and its cause. At the bottom there is a donation card, which contrasts from the rest of the article.

  2. What techniques have the advertisers used to promote

    This broadcast took place to intrigue a wider reaching audience, causing the consumer to remember the product and go out and buy it. The purpose of this discussion, will be me looking at 'Potato Waffles'; 'my red hot nights with Thai chicken,' advertisement and to analyse the techniques that is

  1. Compare the article in the Independent with the article in the Daily Mail, addressing ...

    Live in peace!' However, the way in which the text is laid out and paragraphed breaks up the page and half way through the article is a quotation from the text which says: 'we are devastated.' This gives the reader a chance to reflect on what they have just read

  2. Journalism Language - Analysis of a newspaper article about war crimes in Syria.

    to enter Baba Amr, which was captured by the army last week. President Bashar al-Assad's regime has broken an earlier assurance that the ICRC would be allowed in, suggesting that his army is trying to cover up the aftermath of the fighting.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work