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Comparison of two Newspaper articles about a terrorist bombing attempt from the broadsheet, The Times and the tabloid, The Sun.

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Media Coursework: Newspaper Story Comparison In this piece of writing I will draw up a comparison of two Newspaper articles about a terrorist bombing attempt from the broadsheet, The Times and the tabloid, The Sun. broadsheet newspapers are printed on A2 sized paper and then folded into pages. Broadsheet papers include The Telegraph and The Guardian. Tabloid newspapers include the Daily Mirror and The Sun. Broadsheets are designed to be more factual and intellectual whereas tabloids are designed to be more entertaining than informative. The Times use of headline is less direct than The Sun's. The headline is split with another story. "Three Britons killed: 400 saved in Jet" - The Sun This is probably because there was another important story on the day of printing. It is also a mix of good and bad news. The Time's headline is plainly stating facts whereas The Sun's, "WANTED" very much dramatises the story. The Sun is a very anti-establishment paper, always finding more and more things that the government and the police are doing wrong while The Times often praise the authorities. This is reflected in their sub-headline, Human time bomb attempt foiled by Heathrow Security" - The Times The Sun's sun-headline makes no mention of the work and achievement the police have made, "This Arab rat aimed to send his pregnant girlfriend and ...read more.

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The layout of the Times Story is neat with clean lines. The text is divided up into three columns and situated in the top right hand corner of the front page. There are also many other stories in The Times given front page coverage. The Sun's story is situated in the bottom left hand corner of the front page. It is the only story which takes up this area as the text and the picture take up half of the page. The picture is half the size of the page and is located to the right of the text. The main headline is at the top, above all the other content with the sub-headline just beneath to the left in a neat column. The first thing which the reader sees is the "WANTED" headline and the picture of this dark and sinister man. It has the impression of a old "wild west" style wanted poster. The Times and the Sun use different style vocabulary in this story. The Times uses "Scotland Yard" and "Anti-Terrorist Branch" when describing the police whereas The Sun uses "Detectives" and "Scotland Yard Detectives". This is the typical "gung-ho" style speech the sun regularly uses to create the excitement in their stories. ...read more.

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The Times use of stylistic devices is very formal. They use Times New Roman text in size 12. The text is divided up into small paragraphs with spacing. These are all indented and equally sized. The text is aligned into two columns. The layout the Times has opted to use for this story is neat and easy to read. The sun's story is set into three columns which comprise of only a single sentence. These are not spaced like the Times story but are indented. Like the Times, the font is Times New Roman, sized 12. This is probably because this is a standard font and is easy to read. In the centre of the main article is the word, "Primed"- The Sun This element of the layout and stylistic device gives the impression that the story has been written very informally and is almost like a magazine article. The Times, as apposed to the Sun, tells the reader that the bomb was hidden in a fake bottom of a piece of luggage and also gave a short description of the man. "He is described as being 5ft 10in tall with black curly hair, greying at the sides." (The Times) Although the Times is considered the more informative and factual of the two papers, The Sun talks about the bomber himself. "...The Arab rat, 35 year old Jordanian Journalist, Nezar Hindawi..." -The Sun Tom Baggley 10QU Media Coursework: Newspaper Comparison Tom Baggley 04/05/2007 ...read more.

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