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Analysis of Newspaper Reports.

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Introduction

Analysis of Newspaper Reports For this story, the Daily Telegraph uses the headline "Girl frozen alive on her own doorstep," this is just stating the facts. This is common in broadsheets; they do not tend to sensationalise stories like tabloids do, just state the facts. The Daily mail uses the headline "The Ice Girl who came back from the dead." This uses intertextuality. 'The ice girl' has been altered from 'the ice maiden,' a well-known phrase. The rest of the headline is taken from the title of a well-known book "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold." This gives the story an interesting title and makes you wonder what it is actually a story relating to. The Sun, a well-known tabloid, uses the extremely relaxed and informal headline "Ice-Block Kid." This is in the usual relaxed style of The Sun as it has a more relaxed and informal relationship with the readers. ...read more.

Middle

The story is informative without being too formal so will appeal to many different types of readers. The Sun has a very chatty, informal relationship with the readers. The story is very sensationalised as is typical in a tabloid. There is a lot of emotive language used and a lot of direct speech. This makes it seem more factual. In the Daily Telegraph the participant's full names are stated in the factual style that we are used to in this newspaper, everything is fully stated so no information is left out. The age of the child is mentioned straight away as this makes the story much more dramatic and much more of a human-interest story, this will make it affect people much more. The Daily Mail states the full names of the participant's but, unlike the Daily Telegraph, it does not go into quite as much detail over place names. ...read more.

Conclusion

Though the story is made to be slightly emotive, it is in no way over exaggerated. The Sun uses significantly more emotive language than the other two newspapers. This makes the story much more hard hitting and gives more dramatic effect, though this could make it difficult to tell if the story has been exaggerated. In all the newspapers the passive voice is used. This is where the information is put first so the emphasis is not on who did it but what happened. This makes the person less important or more innocent and what has happened is the main part of the story. Direct speech is used in all of the three newspapers as it can be used to give factual status or make/exaggerate a point. In two of the newspapers, quotes from the medics at the scene were used this gives the story proof as it is a quote. This brings the whole story down to earth. ...read more.

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