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Media - How are youths represented in the media? And is this representation fair?

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Omar Khaliq 11B English Mr.Stewart MEDIA: - How are youths represented in the media? And is this representation Fair? INTRODUCTION My task is to compare three different types of newspapers; tabloids, broadsheets and local to analyse how each of these papers portrays youths today in their articles in comparison with one another. I shall not be using newspapers such as Eastern Eye or The Voice, as they are already biased papers, which concentrate on one type of community. The tabloid newspapers seem to focus on points, which are normally over exaggerated in comparison to the actual events. The tabloids also feed the target audience's, material that they want to read. Broadsheets seem to be more informative and target the businessman audience, broadsheets tend to be less biased and look at the story at more than one viewpoint. Whereas local newspapers are just for the community about local news and the developments taking place in the area. The Independent is a highly regarded newspaper, tending to be very conservative and highly informative this type of paper is aimed at businessmen and tends to have a lot of articles about the financial news such as stocks and political news. It is aimed at those who are interested in all the details about current affairs. The Mirror is a tabloid newspaper. Tabloid newspapers tend to incorporate biased stories and feed the audiences hunger for what they want to read. This type of papers appeal to people who may just want to scan the news quickly, in order to have a good idea about events happening around the world, without giving up great amounts of time to read lengthy articles. These papers are normally read briefly on the "tube". They are contrasting in the way they deal with presenting the news to their readers. Evidence of this can be found through comparing how the two newspapers write about the same article, or the way they present an article. ...read more.


In the picture the girl did not even attempt to cover her face or even run away after. This means she did not even care if she got caught, which may lead us to believe a lack of communication with her community home. But this is not stated in the paper creating a certain bias against the offender. KIDS AS BEING BRIGHT Under this category I shall be analysing articles which shall be based on exceptionally skilled youths at present. Newspaper: The Daily Mail Date: 02/03/02 Title: David Vs Goliath This article is article is about an 11 year old school-boy named David Howell who "almost" beat the world champion, or so it states in the caption. In the opening paragraphs the article continuously refers to David as a boy which therefore may seem to be more demeaning towards the world champion Vladimar Kramnik. The article goes on to inform the audience about David's background; this helps indicate that David has had a very normal upbringing. For instance the article states that his parents drive K-reg cars and live in a �160,000 three bedroom house. The author of the article incorporates these facts to make it seem like a more extraordinary feat that an 11 year old boy who comes from a "normal" background came close to beating the world champion. As we progress further into the article we realise that David had only won one of the four games, and that was because during the game David won Kramnik decided to call it a draw as he thought that "the position was equal" and therefore shook David's hand and settled for a draw. We may therefore conclude that David was actually no where near to beating the world champion or at any stage put him under serious pressure. There are two pictures in total the first is located at the centre of the article and is a cropped picture of David smiling at the camera dressed smartly with his hand on a chess piece. ...read more.


The Independent uses a bold, thick border around the article, making it stand out further. In The Mirror, there is a border, yet it is less effective as it is very thin and not very bold therefore unnoticeable. The Mirror seems to use more photographic evidence relating to the article but in most youth cases the photo has nothing to do with the article as the child is always portrayed as happy and "innocent". The Independent newspaper concentrates more on delivering accurate information, than presenting it in a way that will instantly attract the attention of readers. However, its headline and pictures do provoke interest, and cause readers to become emotionally involved. The Mirror is obviously very keen to draw in the reader's interest instantly, making them want to read on. Factual information about the article is sparse on front-page articles, which are instead replaced with one or two sentences from the article, which turn out to be not true. A large amount of small print can put off many readers, therefore a great amount of the details are saved for later pages. In The Sun, there is punchy sub heading to give readers more information about the accident and make readers want to find out more. There is no sub heading in the. The language used in The Mirror's article's sub heading is meant to grip readers and make them feel deep shock, and want to read on. After observing the articles is noticeable that when the youth is the victim the papers tend to crop a picture of them smiling or looking innocent normally in their school uniform to symbolise their youth. If the youth is being portrayed as a criminal the newspapers tend to show a picture of the youth committing the crime or being hostile to send out a negative atmosphere about the youth. These pictures therefore initially do not allow youths to be represented fairly in the media. But broadsheet papers tend to look at the incident with more viewpoints. 1 ...read more.

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