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Dane Wilson 11RO Media Essay Three newspapers, 'The Times'(a British broadsheet), 'The Mirror' ( a British tabloid) and 'Newsweek' (an American paper) have all related to the same ski incident where 20 people died in a cable car as an American Fight Jet sliced through the cable car's wires sending its occupants hurling three hundred feet to their deaths in the Dolomite Mountains in Italy. The major differences between the three articles is that 'The Times' and 'The Mirror' were able to get reporters to the scene of the accident within hours of the crash but 'Newsweeek' wasn't able to get a reporter out to the Dolomites as they weren't a particuarly rich newspaper firm and it took them 2 weeks to publish the news and by then everyone had found out, whereas 'The Times' and 'The Mirror' chose to publish it the very next day. The Times' is very factual throughout but 'The Mirror' uses very chatty language. 'The Mirror' and 'Newsweek' are biased towards the victims because they can't defend themselves against what the American Fighter Pilots had done. The major similarities between the three newspapers is that they have all got the same account of what happened and that the American Fighter Pilots are to blame. Also how it happened and they agree on the basic facts. ...read more.

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The Times is not biased in its report as it considers both sides of the incident. Newsweek's tone is very evasive and eluding, its mood is not shocking but almost normal, it is biased towards the American Pilots "An US Fighter Jet clip's a gondola cable" and they act as if it isn't such a bad crash. In 'The Times' and 'The Mirror' interview people who were next in line for the cable car and those who witnessed the incident. The Times also spoke to Fauseo Colasant; who was a police chief in Cavalese, many officals, a spokesman at Aviano, Giorgio Ruialdiwho was a rescue worker at Cavalese, Massimo Brulti who is the deputy Defence Minister. The Mirror's interviewees were Neil Harmar and his girlfriend Stacey O'Donnell who were next in line, police chief Andrea Russo, a fire service spokesman, American Defence Secretary William Cohen, salesman Neil of Heathfield, Sussex, furious locals, Regional President Carlo Androtti, Cristina Antoniazzi the owner of the Hotel Locanda La Cascato just 100 yards from the cable lines and Air Force Chiefs. All the mentioned people above all commented on how low and dangerous this was, also how trajic an accident it was and that the Military war games should stop which put peoples lives at risk. Newsweek didn't have any speakers because they it was a strategic choice and chose not to publish the article until two weeks ...read more.

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The layout of The Times shows it is a sophisticated paper that contains pictures of the EA-6B Prowler Jet that caused the accident, the devastation and a diagram of how it happened. The layout of Newsweek is very plain and un-interesting. It contains no photo's of diagrams. This means that it is layed out very poorly and has no effect on the reader. The effect of the use of pictures, diagrams and headlines is expressed very well. The Times has great use of pictures, diagrams and headlines. Their headline is bold, catchy and to the point. Where-as The Mirror is more suttle and detailed, it's headline is very effective because it stands out. But, Newsweek is exactly the opposite from The Times and The Mirror because it's headline is based for the reader to become curious and to continue reading the article, thee are no pictures or diagrams which let this article down. In conclusion I feel that The Mirror explains what happened and suggests the full horror of the incident most effectively as it uses many techniques that are typical to a tabloid newspaper. In particular, it gives the incident a personal and British flavour by prominently reporting the reactions of two british Holidaymakers who narrowly avoided being involved in the incident. It also uses bold type, pull quotes and 'Tabloidese' - the pacy, dramatic language exemplified by the sub-headline 'Brits tell of horror in snow'. ...read more.

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