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Broad sheet and Tabloid - On 3 February 1998 in the Italian Alps, a US fighter plane severed the cable of a ski lift. The fully packed car fell to the ground leaving all 20 occupants killed. The British and American press widely reported this tragic event

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Comparison between Broad sheet and Tabloid On 3 February 1998 in the Italian Alps, a US fighter plane severed the cable of a ski lift. The fully packed car fell to the ground leaving all 20 occupants killed. The British and American press widely reported this tragic event. I have been given three resources containing a news report in each of them about a disaster concerning a ski lift and a US fighter plane. The first newspaper report is from The Mirror, 4 February 1998. The Mirror is a tabloid newspaper, which uses many techniques typical of its kind. One of its technique's used is it gives the incident a personal and British taste by distinctively and prominently accounting on the response of two British holidaymakers who narrowly escaped from being involved in the incident. Other techniques include bold type, pull quotes and 'tabloidese' - the pacy, dramatic language exemplified by the sub-headline 'Brits tell of horror in snow'. The second newspaper report is from The Times, 4 February 1998. The Times is a broadsheet. It has an idiosyncratic broadsheet language similar to many of its kind. This involves a calm and matter-of-fact - to report the incident. From both Italy and the United States it contains a number of comments from eyewitness and government officials. The third newspaper report is from Newsweek, 16 February1998. Newsweek is a broadsheet newspaper. ...read more.


The Times have a similar title without the capital letters, '20 die in cable cable car after jet cuts wire'. The odd one out is Newsweek as the title reads 'Blood on the Snow'. This shows how Tabloids use a similar type of language and layout and Broadsheets are very different. However beneath the title - 'Blood on the Snow' There is two lines which tells you 20 people have been killed among other important information, 'After a U.S fighter clips a gandola's cable, killing 20, Europe questions America's character'. In order to show this stand out, it is presented as a sort of heading with a line above it and below it. The Mirror also has something similar, 'Brits tell of horror in snow' and then beneath, it highlights the opening paragraph in bold to show what has briefly happened. Half way down the column it has a quote, 'It opened up like a cardboard box' also with a line above it and below it. This is done to make people read the quote before they start reading the article to get a taste. They usually pick the most interesting quote they can find to make you read the article. There is a wide range of language used in the three articles to describe the incident. The two Tabloids are very different in correlation to the Broadsheet. Take words to describe the plane as an example. ...read more.


This is the smallest box in the report. The Mirror's third box is a diagram showing a detailed account of what happened. This makes the page stand out and look very interesting and colourful. It is also a good way in showing exactly what happened in an easy form of understanding. The box also contains a small tiny box inside showing you a map and roughly where it took place. The Times has a photo of an EA-6B Prowler about to land this is good for people wondering how the plane looked like. The report that explains what happens and suggests the full horror of the incident most effectively in my opinion is The Mirror. I think this because it focuses mainly on two British people. Since this was published over here we can relate to the British tourists and easily put ourselves in their shoes. I think this is a good idea. It also has the most detailed yet easiest to read diagram of what exactly happened, which helps you get a picture in your head. I also prefer the words used and the caption on the photograph, which is much more detailed than The Times. I think that the three report differences are largely due to the fact that they focus on different nationalities. The Mirror focuses on the British. The Times focuses on comments from eyewitnesses and government officials from both Italy and the United States, while Newsweek is focusing on the United States. By Waqar Younis ...read more.

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