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Comparison of the representation of celebrities in two tabloid newspapers

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Comparison of the representation of celebrities in two tabloid newspapers I have studied two articles about Victoria Beckham and her lifestyle, one of which is in the Daily Mirror and the other is in the Daily Star. The article in the Daily Mirror is about Victoria Beckham having to rush Romeo to the hospital 'after suffering frightening convulsions.' The article is on page 11 that shows that the article is quite important to the paper as it is near the beginning of the paper. The article takes up about half of the page leaving the other half covering advertising and short news reports. The news report is about "Footie girls go missing", this is about two girls who have gone missing in Nottingham. This is of much more importance than the main article about Victoria Beckham and this shows us the values of the paper, as they believe celebrity articles sell more stories. The article is the Daily Star is on page 14 again showing that the article is quite important, however this article is on "The Goss" page which draws the readers attention to the articles as 'goss' is a juicy intriguing word. This article is about how Victoria Beckham couldn't attend an award ceremony to claim an award so sent her Mum, Sister and friend to pick it up for her. Similarly the article takes up half of the page however the rest of the page is dedicated to other celebrity gossip. ...read more.

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The introduction of the article is bold to outline the basics of the story and two columns follow this with the brief story. Similarly in the 'Daily Star' pictures are used to break up the text and appeal to the reader. There is a picture of Victoria to the right of the headline, the picture is tightly framed in a circle to separate it from the article, the picture is a close up of her face and it suggests arrogance, which supports the story. There is also another picture of her Mum, sister and friend her picked up the award, this picture is also framed but was taken when they were aware and therefore they are posing, they are standing closely together portraying the importance of families. The caption underneath states, "STAFF OUTING: Jackie, Louise and a pal collect Victoria's award for her glam dress, pictured right" This is very negative portrayal of Victoria suggesting that she treats her family poorly and at times they feel taken advantage of as they refer to themselves as her staff. The picture of Victoria in her glam dress is also framed and quite small, it is framed to make a definite separation between her and her family. The editor has chosen this picture to be relevantly small as it portrays Victoria glamorously and doesn't back up the article. Alternatively they have used a large picture of Kate Lawler's, which isn't framed and overlooks the article on Victoria. ...read more.

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A sub-heading is used which is bold and in a larger font size than the article, it reads 'Lavish' the reader will interrupt that this is referring to Victoria as it reflects her lifestyle but as they read on it is about her family having to pick up her award. A quotation is included from her Mum which it very negative of Victoria, "Her sister Louise does an awful lot for her and we often look after Brooklyn and Romeo. I suppose you could say we are like her staff" this quotation is included as the article is trying to portray Victoria as arrogant and snobby. The quotation links to the caption under the picture and also to the other article I was studying. It shows that Victoria believes she is too good to look after her children or claim her awards so she gets her family to help. Her family thinking they are staff suggests that Victoria is ungrateful for what they do, linking to the arrogant picture of her in the top right. Overall I believe that the two articles in similar in certain ways although they both have differences, which make them unique to the paper. The 'Daily Star' takes an informal approach, which is humorous but quite offensive to Victoria, the readers would read this for entertainment and celebrity interest. On the other hand the 'Daily Mirror' is informative and can be categorised under public interest, it includes pictures of David Beckham, as he is an icon and would increase sales. Sarah Aves 12w ...read more.

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