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Comparing and analysing the front pages of two newspapers, 'The times', a broadsheet, and 'the Mirror' a tabloid.

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English Coursework - Newspaper comparison In this coursework I will be comparing and analysing the front pages of two newspapers, 'The times', a broadsheet, and 'the Mirror' a tabloid. The most obvious difference between 'The Times' and 'The Mirror' is the area, 'the Times' is the size of two A3 pieces of paper and 'the Mirror' is only an A3. Tabloids were invented around the 1950s, (a lot more recent than the broadsheet) and are a lot easier to read in tight places, such as busy London trains. The age of the newspaper can be detected in the newspaper name, for example in 'the Times' there is an old-looking font for the name, and an aged logo with Latin on, a classic language. Tabloids' smaller capacity also has an effect on the number of words they are physically able to put on a page. Even so, the editors of tabloids, such as the Mirror, over come this slight problem by using tiny font, however, the font is exactly the same size as it is in a broadsheet. A broadsheet uses a wide variety of vocabulary, about 2000-3000 different words; they use very sophisticated English to make the newspaper look as if it's sophisticated and refined, while a tabloid uses something of 1000 different words. ...read more.


In the times even the advertisements are expensive, one advertisement is for the best jewellers in New York! The advertisements in the mirror are far from glamorous, there is only a big, 'FREE' sign in the top right hand corner, it promises a miniature �2 free bet if you buy more than �2 on sport clothing, not exactly free! But this advertisement really shows you the kind of people tabloids are aiming for, people who are interested in sports and betting. In the times, the front page is dominated by one extreme close-up picture, a face made up of the features of David Beckham and Johnny Wilkinson. This is unusual for a broadsheet, but understandable as it's 'one of the most vivid week-ends of sport in history.' Plus, the article on the two sports isn't very long, and the other articles are all about politics and education, these being very typical subjects of a broadsheet. The pictures on the mirror are very simple and are all of celebrities, this is to capture the reader's attention and any fans of that particular star will be inclined to buy the newspaper if only for the reason of the celebrity. The photographs are all in very flattering light and pleasing positions, creating a better-looking celebrity than they really are, this also adds to the newspaper opinion. ...read more.


It is illegal for journalists to write something that's completely untrue, but they can easily get away with a lot in these ways. However broadsheets generally name both sides of the argument, but sometimes they give their opinions as all good journalists do. Alliteration is often used in newspapers as headlines; this creates rhythm and will often remain stuck in the reader's head for the rest of the day. Newspaper's use alliteration because phrases that have a sequence tend to stick in people's minds and get passed through people, so soon pretty much everyone has at least heard the alliteration. An example of alliteration from a separate issue of 'The Mirror' would be 'Diana's daring disguise'. This alliteration would be sure to capture the reader's attention and may even cause a little humour. Puns are used frequently in newspapers, especially tabloids. After writing this essay, and thinking thoroughly through each point I have made, I've come to the conclusion that you are more likely to find pictures, advertisements and biased stories in a tabloid, it uses lots of different techniques to make it easy to read. The stories are easily found and the reader and recognise the main stories, whereas you can expect high quality stories and all the same techniques in broadsheet newspapers. However, the techniques used in a broadsheet are used in an indistinct way, so the readers have a choice as to what story they wish to read. 1 Susie Willmott, U10 1 ...read more.

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