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In September 2003, schoolteacher Paul Ellis was jailed for manslaughter after the death of a ten-year-old boy on a school trip. The types of newspaper, which the articles I will be analysing are in, will be the "Daily Express" and the "Sunday Times".

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Karen foreman GCSE English Media Assignment In September 2003, schoolteacher Paul Ellis was jailed for manslaughter after the death of a ten-year-old boy on a school trip. The types of newspaper, which the articles I will be analysing are in, will be the "Daily Express" and the "Sunday Times". One is a tabloid and one is broadsheet but both contain the same story printed in them. In the "Daily Express" the Journalist's viewpoint and line of argument emerges as the teacher being careless and irresponsible. The writer then suggests that the boy followed his teacher's lead. The following point he makes is of the boy's horrific death. We then see that the teacher wanted to avoid the trip being wasted because of weather. Next letting us see as a result that the teacher made an unwise judgement and ignored the level of danger. Later we are told of the Paul Ellis's helplessness in saving Max whilst being forced to give up because of extreme conditions and exhaustion. Next we are told in great detail how Mrs Palmer tried to save her son but was too weak. The writer then tells us how terrified Max was. Nearing the end of the points we are told of another student saving the mother when her strength faded. Then we read of Paul Ellis's devastated reaction when hearing news of death. Then we see the blame shifted this time so we see the school being partly to blame. ...read more.


The headline for this article is very powerful, it immediately turns the reader against the teacher by using Max's dying words as the headline "Please" increases sense of fear and desperation again increasing criticism against Paul Ellis and "mummy" suggests that Max is a very young child. The quote from Max also creates empathy. "Please don't let Me die, mummy" The writer then explains and repeats the heading in the opening paragraph this helps to deepen the impact of the headline. "Teacher jailed as court hears tragic plea of 10-year-old who drowned on school trip" Here we can see emotive vocabulary used in the strap line, which immediately creates pity. There are three pictures placed in the article, a small picture of Paul Ellis showing only his head and shoulders. In this picture he looks awkward and uncomfortable. He is dressed in casual clothes rather than a suit; this reduces respect and trust for Paul Ellis. The next is the main picture set in the centre with Mrs Palmer and Max, this increases the reader's empathy and as they are situated in front of home showing the reader of their home life which has now been taken away. Last there is a picture of Red Tarn Beck where max drowned, this is added with the word "treacherous" adding to the feeling of danger and Ellis's foolishness. There is also a down page story to reinforce the key idea that trips need to be "properly planned". ...read more.


"Tragedy of a foolish teacher and our futile desire to jail" So as we can see this article is based on centralising the argument that runs through it. There are two pictures placed in the article, one a small picture of John Humphrys a well-known journalist this helps the reader immediately build trust and empathise with him. The next is a picture of Max Palmer and his mother superimposed against the scene where the "tragedy" took place. With a caption saying: " Death on a school trip: Max Palmer with his mother " There we see no suggestion made of blame. There are a few similarities and differences between the two articles. Firstly is the "The Sunday Times" is a news review rather than an article reporting events were as in "The Daily Express" it is reporting on the event. This is also show, when the opinions of the writer are more clearly voiced in "The Sunday Times" compared to in "The Daily Express" where the opinions are more hidden. Yet they both have the same picture of Max Palmer with his mother but on different backgrounds. In my personal opinion I would say that the "The Daily Express" is more informative, where as "The Sunday Times" is more successful in convincing the reader to share the line of argument as it is shown more clearly in the writing. Both articles are cleverly put together to give the reader a good insight into the line of argument it wishes to put across. By Karen Foreman 1 ...read more.

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