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Compare the front covers of a tabloid and a broadsheet newspaper.

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GCSE Media Studies Sacha Eley Yr 11 Newspaper Unit Task: To compare the front covers of a tabloid and a broadsheet newspaper The aims of the essay are to look at a tabloid and a broadsheet newspaper and to compare the language and layout of each paper. The tabloid we are going to look at is 'The Daily Express', and the broadsheet we are looking at is 'The Independent'. While comparing these two papers I am going to observe the style, content, and design of each paper. The tabloid I am analysing is the 'Daily Express', dated Tuesday 23rd September 2003. The main stories covered are home news, celebrity scandal and entertainment. Most tabloids including this one mainly focus on having celebrity news as their main stories. By knowing what a tabloid actually contains, we get the impression that the audience who is going to read this will be reading it to get gossip. Tabloids have typical news on the front cover and we usually know what it's going to be about, most of the time, there will be a celebrity on the front page; in this case they have Frank Bruno the boxer. They also have a picture of Price Harry and Prince William. Having celebrities on the front page wants us to read inside because people like to find out what celebrities are doing and knowing all the gossip about them is interesting to read. ...read more.

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In a tabloid everything is made to the point quickly, it is straight forward, and easy to understand. The Sentence structure is less complex which changes the target audience, in a tabloid as the language is straight forward the audience will be people who don't want to have to be reading all these complex words, they just want a straight forward story and to be told it quickly. The language is chatty and colloquial. Bare facts and basic news is got across to the audience easily. The language is quite bias; most tabloids have their own views on things like which party they are going to vote for etc. In the Daily Express they have a negative connotation about Gordon Brown, because they put a headline besides him saying, 'Is this man bleeding middle England dry?' This makes him sound like he is not doing any thing for England apart from ruining it. The picture they have of him is also very negative because it shows him angry. The Daily Express uses more opinions compared to facts, for example, the royal exclusive about the story on Prince William and Prince Harry which states they were on a wild night out with a girl. If these two boys weren't celebrities this would be nothing to a newspaper. This story is written by one girl who claims she spent all night with the two princes and it was a wild night. ...read more.

Conclusion

The independent and the daily express have one major difference which is the independent is a broadsheet and the daily express is a tabloid. The language of both papers is initially different because the broadsheets language is complex and hard to understand but the tabloid is more casual and easy to understand. This relates to why they have different audiences to appeal to. Tabloids use more celebrity endorsement; this is because I think that tabloids like more 'gossip'. The audience likes to know what celebrities are doing in their life; Broadsheets do this too but not as much. The layout in a broadsheet is more in block paragraphs rather then lists or bullets like tabloids. When broadsheets have stories like on the front cover they will tell us the facts involved and go into detail about both sides of the story. But in tabloids I have seen that they say what happened without giving evidence of facts and then state their opinion on that subject and try to make you change their mind and think how they are. Overall I have decided if I was to have to choose to read a tabloid or a broadsheet I would choose the tabloid as I like to know gossip about celebrities and the language more appeals to me. The layout is also better for my age group as I can chose out parts I would like to read instead of having to read the whole block paragraph which can be very complex. By Sacha Eley ...read more.

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