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Analyze 3 different newspaper articles - the articles are taken from 'The Mirror,' 'The Times' and 'Newsweek'.

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Introduction

In this piece of coursework I am going to analyze 3 different newspaper articles. The articles are taken from 'The Mirror,' 'The Times' and 'Newsweek' All three articles are about the same event, they are just portrayed in the different ways. The articles are about a jet cutting through a cable car wire allowing the cable cars to plummet to the ground, killing 20 people. The incident happened on the 3rd of February 1998, Cavalese, Northern Italy, on Alpe Cermis. The first two articles from 'The Mirror' and 'The Times' are reporting the story where as Newsweek is reflecting on the accident, Newsweek also issues the story a week and a half late, therefore cannot report the facts but reflect on them. Newsweek doesn't contain that much information on what actually happened in Cavalese, it skips over the details of the accident and seems to be more about what Europe, and in particular Italy are concerned about. The Mirror article tends to leave certain facts out, such as the time it occurred, which is included in The Times account. Newsweek provided no date of the event but say 'last week' The Times article is definitely more factual as it contains a lot more technical jargon than The Mirror. It includes information about the U.S. fighter jet - "The Prowler is used to jam enemy signals electronically...." ...read more.

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They said that "all hell let loose" and stated that they were "shook up." Furthermore, they described the village as being in a state of "complete pandemonium." The couple reiterated how thankful they were that they "missed that car," and the fact that they were "incredibly lucky to be alive." Even though the British couple did not provide a lot of information about the incident itself, they did help to describe the atmosphere and their feelings on the situation. The British couple were interviewed primarily because of the fact that they were British; the target audience of this British paper are British people, therefore, the majority of people would be interested in hearing about events concerning British citizens. All three articles had interviews with people who possessed various details about the aircraft prior to it hitting the cable car wire. In The Mirror, this interview was quite brief. Cristina Antoniazzi, the owner of a nearby hotel, said that she "heard and saw a plane flying at a very low level." This message was also present in an interview in The Times. An anonymous witness said that the jet had "seemed" to have "technical trouble," and described the jet as "screaming through the sky" like a "thing in torment." Another source in The Times also stated that the jet had been flying "very, very low." All three of these interviews were supplied using direct speech. ...read more.

Conclusion

Using this metaphor is very effective as it makes the people inside seem totally helpless and creates a lot of sympathy for them. They also say, "Rescuers found now survivors amid the tangled wreckage and bloodstained snow." I think this is a very effective paragraph and it creates an atmosphere of destruction and complete devastation. A graphical picture of the event in The Mirror lets the readers visualize what the scene of the accident was like, using essential details and words so that the reader can effortlessly understand the unpleasant incident. The Mirror also provides a photographical image of the scene and annotates it using dramatic words such as 'doomed.' The Times shows a map of the area where the event was situated, making readers aware of the location of the tourist venue. And the image of the EA-6B Prowler shows readers the cause of the tragedy. The main image above the text is eye catching in the way it shows workers trying to rescues any survivors. Newsweek not using any pictures, but a headline that will catch attention 'Blood on the Snow.' The sub-heading in a box of two lines standing out making the reader aware of what the article is about. In conclusion the news was best portrayed in The Mirror, it provided names of witnesses making the news much more reliable, and British citizens used as witnesses was also a good way to grad attention of British readers. By Sumaira Bashir. ...read more.

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