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Compare the presentational devices used in “The Sun” and “The Express” front-page coverage of the Harold shipman story

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Compare the presentational devices used in "The Sun" and "The Express" front-page coverage of the Harold shipman story Shipman, 54, who was regarded as a popular and mild-mannered family man, preyed on elderly, vulnerable women. Toxicology tests uncovered traces of the drug overdose. And the investigation has been expanded to examine the deaths of another 27 of Dr Shipman's patients, 25 of whom were women. The main excess of deaths is amongst elderly women patients but in some years higher than expected numbers of deaths were found for older men and women in their late 60s. Shipman was born in Nottingham, 14 January, 1946. When he was 17 his mother, Vera, died of lung cancer at the age of 43. In 1965 he went to study medicine at Leeds University. In 1970, Shipman graduated from university and started working at the Pontefr act General Infirmary. ...read more.

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is also trying to catch readers attention of what is happening. It is almost asking you, asking you do you want to know what happened to the 15 people that he had murder and the next person could be you who is going to be killed by your own doctors? It allows the reader's imagination to question the reliability of doctors. By asking question it creates doubt in the reader's mind. Captions- The Express has a very long caption of what Dr Harold Shipman did and more evidence shows that there are another 23 charges against him. "But A Coroner Fears This Family Doctor May Have Killed Many Hundreds More" this caption will be more believable then the one The Sun had put on their front page. In The Sun they only had a sensation of Shipman. They do not have any kind of caption at all. They are giving the wrong fact to people to judge Dr Shipman. ...read more.

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In The Sun they had a back black ground on the top, with red writing, a picture in the middle and the same black back ground on the bottom with red writing. Reference to the story- In The Sun they have full Coverage from pages 2-9 plus on 8- pages about Dr Harold Shipman. It shows that The Sun is prepared to tell a story of what Dr Shipman has done from its own point of view. The Express is giving the reader something they don't know to think about rather then try to say what they think it is the truth about Dr Shipman. In my own opinion I think The Express is the kind of newspaper I personally would go for. It is telling the readers the truth that rather than telling the reader of what the editor thinks. ...read more.

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