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Media coursework - Comparing Two Newspaper Articles

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Media coursework Comparing Two Newspaper Articles It is generally believed that the purpose of a newspaper is to state the facts about what is going on in the world around us. However, media has long been a way of manipulating the minds of the greater population into holding certain values and opinions. Propaganda is used frequently in everyday life to manipulate our thoughts, and despite what the majority of us think, it does affect our opinions. In general, we believe that what is portrayed as 'News' is fact, but often the facts are twisted to support the political views of the Newspaper or journalist. This essay will explore the way in which this bias is put across to the reader in the medium of Newspapers, by comparing the way two newspapers, the Sunday People (article one) and The Sunday Telegraph (article two) report on the same event. There are two main types of newspaper, Tabloids, like the Sunday People, and Broadsheets, like the Sunday Telegraph. Tabloids are the most popular type of paper; it is often smaller in size, more colourful and relies on page three girls and other such shock tactics, to attract readers. ...read more.

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Photographs surround the small piece of writing to break up the page and make the page more eye-catching. Different fonts also help to do this, as by varying the writing, the information isn't just in a block, which may be tiresome to read, this can also aid a person who is not an advanced reader. The first paragraph gives a broad outline of the article, and is intended to intrigue its reader and entice them to read on. It reads "Harry, 17, showed he had turned into His Royal Hunkiness as he crashed around with chums in the bizarre rugby-style sport which has been played at the world-famous college since the 1780's." The broadsheet article (article two) is longer and more detailed, and takes up only approximately two thirds of the page. It too uses a pun in its title, that of "Harry survives life up against the Wall." It also features two photographs and a personal report on the writer's memories of playing the aforementioned Wall Game. As his opening comment is "My only clear memory of playing the Eton Wall Game..." ...read more.

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This newspaper obviously thinks the game is slightly pointless; this is highlighted by a small caption, "Kicking a pumpkin-shaped ball and not shirking the odd tug or two, Harry proved himself more than well equipped to tussel with chaps in striped shirts and caps." The satirical use of chaps is once again employed to emphasize the pointlessness of the sport, as "tussling with chaps in shirts and caps" does not require excessive brainpower. The rules of the game are labelled "archaic" and the game itself was called "strange" and "bizarre". Both writers, for the Sunday Telegraph and the Sunday People, appear to hold similar opinions of the Wall Game, although, the broadsheet writer, did not allow his personal feelings to affect his report. However, both articles sway the reader in the direction of the belief that this game is violent and more than a little futile. In my opinion, the broadsheet newspapers are the better read, as they are more detailed and indepth. They don't fuss around with lots of pictures, but provide a reasonable source of information and entertainment, and surely that is what newspapers should be? ...read more.

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