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English Media Coursework Comparing 'The Sun' and 'The Times' Newspapers were originally used in the eighteenth century by the government for promoting their own interests and ideas. Papers have changed dramatically since then and are now used to share all news with the public; they mainly focus on bad news because it sells more than good news. I will be comparing two different newspapers, which cover the same story to see the differences between them. The two papers I will be comparing are The Sun and The Times, and the story I am covering is The Damilola Taylor trial. The Sun is a tabloid and is aimed at everyone, the language it uses can be understood by everyone, even children as young as eight. It has daily readership figures of about 3,451,746, taken from October 2000 readership survey. The first difference between the two papers is that The Times is a broadsheet and is aimed at higher-class people; it uses more difficult language and has more writing in it. It's readership figures of 678,498, which is a lot less than The Sun's figures. In The Sun the article is the front-page story and takes up the whole front page with two more full pages on the story. ...read more.


Articles on the investigation take up the rest of the page, in which The Times criticises the police and the whole investigation itself. The poor handling of the case by the police is the main focus of The Times in this story, whereas The Sun mainly focuses on the two suspects and regularly compares them to The Krays. The last page has pictures and information on the murder weapons, similar to The Sun's last page but with a lot more writing and smaller pictures. All the headlines are written in the active voice and are directed towards the two boys in a negative way. They either compare the boys to the Krays or negatively describe them. On the second page the main headline: "Rulers of the ghetto" Gives the impression that the boys live a crime-based lifestyle, this is implied by the word ghetto, which is normally associated with gangs and crime. Also on this page there are some smaller headlines, which are single nouns/adjectives that describe the boys: "Bullies", "Troublemakers", "Menace" and "Violent". These clearly show the opinion of The Sun towards the boys and state how awful they are, so if a reader were to quickly 'scan' the page they would see these smaller headlines and get the impression that the boys were evil without seeing any possible good points about them. ...read more.


This is also the same with its adjectives, which are even stronger especially on the evidence page where adjectives like 'jagged', 'hideous', 'gruesome' and 'grim' are used. Together with the pictures these adjectives are very strong and emotive. The Times has very few, if any, negative nouns similar to the ones The Sun uses. The Times uses more dignified nouns such as 'tragedy', 'fiasco' and 'farce'. These nouns refer to the whole case, which The Times believes was handled very poorly by the police. The Times uses lighter verbs and adjectives than The Sun and again focuses them on the investigation and the case instead of the two suspects like The Sun. It is clear to see that The Suns attitude towards the trial is that the boys are 'evil' criminals and should not have got away with it. They do comment on how the whole case was handled poorly but not in great detail. However The Times has completely the opposite attitude on the case, as they focus their articles on criticising the way the police handled the case. This is probably because they did not want to be too biased like The Sun. ...read more.

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