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Compare and contrast the treatment of the story of the "Lost Lambeth Girl."

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Year 11 Gcse Media Coursework For my GCSE media coursework I have chosen to compare and contrast the treatment of the story of the "Lost Lambeth Girl." I have used one broad sheet and one tabloid. The Daily Telegraph, which is a broad sheet, aimed at Business people mainly male into politics and mainly middle aged. The Daily Mail a tabloid mainly aimed at officers workers, women, house wives. Both dated July the fourth. Both the papers carry the story on the front page with further detail on inside pages. They both use photographs and neither pages use paragraph headings. The basic language in both papers is similar and uncomplicated to an extent. To start of with I will talk about the Daily Mail in detail. The front page of the Daily Mail is mainly dominated by a one word headline "vanished" which would catch the average news readers attention. ...read more.

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There is a lot of description of the lake and a woman is quoted as to saying "just pray, just pray for her". The story then goes on to mention two other school children in France one who was raped and murdered and the other drowned in the sea. The deputy head is also quoted as describing the girl and mentions he is made to the fact that Bunmi parents are from West Africa. A parent was quoted as saying "I am concerned that the trip was not supervised properly." French Police are saying, " At the moment there is no information to any teacher negligence." And the council express satisfaction "an appropriate number of adults with the appropriate expertise." Now you have heard about the Daily Mail in detail, I will go on to the Daily Telegraph. The front page is dominated by politics two main political stories. The two (minor) ...read more.

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Also on the page there is a picture of a boat of people searching for the girl. The headline on page two talks of "trauma for classmates" and this is covered briefly by the captain being quoted as saying " the other children are traumatised and in a state of shock. It also mentions one women saying "just pray that it's not the worst." The only other quote is from the schools deputy head in which she describes the girl's character. In conclusion I would say both papers are reasonably factual but the enthuse on the mail is on the possibility on abduction rather than drowning. The Mail is more sensational in its headline and opening paragraph. It does however give a lot of factual information. The Telegraph is Polly factual and equally mentioning the possibilities of drowning and abduction. The mail also makes more about the possibilities of negligence and refers to past incidents in France. Coverage by both newspapers is good but the Mail has a more sensational line. ...read more.

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