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Media Assignment Comparing newspapers There are two main types of newspaper which are on sale in this country. The first type is known as broadsheets. Examples of this include The Guardian, The Teligraph and The Observer. The second type is known as tabloids and examples include The Sun, The Daily Star and The Sport. Within the tabloids category is a 'middle brow' section, The Daily Express and The Daily Mail. Which uses elements of both types of newspapers. There are many differences between tabloid newspapers, also known as 'red tops', and the more highbrow broadsheets. One of the most obvious differences is the size of the papers. Broadsheets are A1 in size and tabloids are a smaller A3. The type of information given by the papers is also very different. Tabloids usually have less detailed articles and the stories are more sensational and sexual in content. Also oddity articles which are strange stories such as 'giant fish eats cat' are only likely to appear in the tabloids. Tabloids are also written in a larger font and use simple language, and the stories are likely to be short and sharp to grab the reader's attention. ...read more.


There are also two story 'tasters' at the bottom of the page. The mastheads of both newspapers are prominently placed at the top of the page. The Times has its masthead straight across the top of the page, in a bold black capital font, with the two words being separated by a coat of arms showing England's motto 'Dieu et mon droit' which when translated means 'God and my right'. By contrast the Daily Mirror's title is offset to the left hand side of the page and has pale letters on a dark background to make it stand out, with a mixture of fonts and upper and lower case letters. Both papers include the pug at the top of the page under the masthead, and details of the paper's website. The Times also shows the number of the current edition. The Times also features a picture of a poppy just under the masthead, and as the date of the newspaper is 10th November it is near to Remembrance Day. One of the stories featured at the bottom of the page is about the war and also includes a picture of a wreath. ...read more.


However it does this in a much more subtle way, merely stating the facts and not seeking to sensationalise them. Both papers use current stories as their main headline but the language used is quite different, as The Times is targeting an older, more professional type of person. It does not seek to sensationalise its stories, relying instead on supplying important information on the stories it features. This theme is continued in the small trailers on the left hand side of the page, which simply state the facts and invite the reader to learn more inside. Similarly, the Daily Mirror invites its readers to read more about its chosen headline, by saying 'full story: pages 4 and 5'. This is one of the main tactics papers use to persuade people to buy them, rather than just glance at them on a newspaper stand and pass them by. Therefore in conclusion it can be seen that both newspapers have a very different approach to presenting the news both in their choice of stories and also in the way they portray them in order to attract their target audience. Both report on current news stories, but in very different ways and with a contrast in subject matter. ?? ?? ?? ?? Phillip Jones 11s ...read more.

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