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Comparison of Newspapers - Coverage of the Match between England and Holland

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Comparison of Newspapers Both Articles agree that England played Holland in the World cup, and proceeding the match, the England supporters expressed violent behaviour. Both say that around 600 were believed to be involved, with the mirror saying that 450 'louts' were imprisoned for the night and 180 troublemakers were thrown out of the country, making a total of 630. The Guardian says that over 600 supporters were held in custody. The Mirror is the only one that contains the information that England lost the match 2 - 0. This is one of the first things mentioned in the article. I think that Mirror readers may be more worried about this than the rioting, as many of them are not politically minded and are not as fussed about the effects of the rioting or that the rioting even happened. The Mirror then goes on to mention one particular arrested hooligan, Gary, who the Guardian does not mention. ...read more.


The language used in the two articles varies. When describing 'Gary' the thug, the Mirror uses the words Brummie and hulking. This language is colloquial and chatty, which helps the tabloid reader to relate to the story, and gives them something to picture in their minds. The word hulking also gives a dramatic effect, and makes him sound frightening and threatening. The guardian also uses the phrase 'riot cops'. This language has the same colloquial effect as the above, and also gives the impression that the events are pert of some kind of elaborate film. This would excite the reader, and give him or her the impression of huge street rioting. The Guardian uses more formal and 'complex' language. An example of this is when the article is talking of the man who was shot in the leg, it says that the patient 'discharged' himself. This word gives a feeling of a secret and rushed event, and makes the fact that the patient left the hospital sound more sinister and serious. ...read more.


This has a lot less to say about it, as more educated broad sheet readers only want the facts, with "no frills", as they can build up pictures of the events in their heads without being given descriptive language. Longer, more complex words are also used, with many containing 3 syllables, as the more educated readers can cope with them. On the whole, the Guardian article is aimed at the more educated reader, containing more facts, and longer words. The Guardian tends to just state the facts, and as it does not contain personal level descriptions etc, can fit more facts in. The Mirror readers may lose concentration in a broad sheet more complex article, so more 'padding' (e.g. descriptions of offenders) are used. Shorter words are also used as Mirror readers are usually less educated than those of the Guardian. ?? ?? ?? ?? Henry Morgan Stewart ...read more.

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