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Compare and contrast the two newspaper articles: Consider the way each handles the subject matter, Comment on the layout and style of writing.

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Compare and contrast the two newspaper articles: Consider the way each handles the subject matter, Comment on the layout and style of writing. In the tabloid the article about Ritalin is much further back in the paper at page forty-one unlike in the broadsheet where the same article is on page nine, In my opinion this could be because in the eyes of the editor the story on health related issues is not in the interest of the reader. The tabloids title is short and is the exaggerated truth, 'Zombie' drug boost'. The word 'Zombie' is very emotive because it reminds you of the living dead, it makes you scared of the thought of giving your child a drug that has such a severe side affects. 'Drug boost' makes the reader think what increase of drugs? What has happened now? It is a very eye catching title because it is short and is a negative heading; I think the title has been done like this because it makes you read on by grabbing your attention even if it is negative. In the broadsheet the title of the article is more professional and explains a little bit more about the story than the tabloid. ...read more.

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On the broadsheet there is also a second smaller photo of Joe Bilbow. This is to show who is being treated for the drug in the case study, he is not under 5 years of age and has benefited from Ritalin, we know this because of the caption below the photo 'Joe Bilbow: now doing well at school.' The broadsheet contains a large section which is an interview with a parent directly in contact with the affects of the drug, this is to include an average persons story so that it can help us make up are mind about the use of Ritalin. The piece is a positive view of the drug. This section of the article has a separate heading in the form of a quote by Tony Bilbow, 'The change in him was amazing' this title automatically tells you that it's a positive interview about Ritalin. The title sooths the controversial argument about the use of personality changing drugs because a parent reading a case study of the drug in a positive light will think it is a safer drug than experts say it is. The broadsheet also has smaller sections where they have chosen to quote thoughts and facts by experts throughout the article. ...read more.

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The basic structure of the tabloid is short paragraphs. The first being a brief review of the article, each paragraph deals with a different view/fact/point on the subject, these are manly negative because of the angle the article has chosen to write about. The article progressively feeds the reader facts about ADHD and Ritalin and ends with a positive interview with an ADD victim. The broadsheet is similar in structure but is much larger, sentences are more complex with longer words, and the piece describes the symptoms of ADHD in more detail and gives you a more advanced understanding of the drug and behavioural disorder because it is a more impartial angle of writing. The article does have a negative point, which does stand out in the readers mind; this is the last paragraph of Tony Bilbow's interview. Since Joe has been taking Ritalin he has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome this makes me think; did Ritalin cause the syndrome? The language is more formal in the broadsheet article because it is a factual intellectual piece of writing informing you of the development of the use of Ritalin. The tabloid is less formal because it focuses more on the emotive style of writing it is not as factual but does include a few basic points to help with the understanding of the article. English Rebecca Houghton 10.1 ...read more.

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