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My two articles I have chosen to compare are from the The Sun and The Times. They are about a man who has kidnapped an eight-year-old girl, Sarah Payne.

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Media Coursework-Comparing Two Newspaper Articles Comparing two newspaper articles, one from a tabloid and one from a broadsheet will convey the different techniques that tabloids and broadsheets use to present stories. Media in general, aim to inform and interest the audience which consist of many different types. Diverse emotions and ideas are created by the media; foremost tabloids. Tabloids are papers like 'The Sun', 'The Mirror', 'The Daily Mail', 'The Express' and 'The Star'. In contrast to these are broadsheets like 'The Times', 'The Guardian' and 'The Daily Telegraph'. Broadsheets are often known as the 'quality press' being more informing and formal in the manner they convey information and news stories. Different newspapers show different stories; stories the reader can relate to or stories that inform the reader. Personal stories are more often shown in tabloids where as stories that inform are shown in broadsheets. My two articles I have chosen to compare are from the 'The Sun' and 'The Times'. They are about a man who has kidnapped an eight-year-old girl, Sarah Payne. The police have recently issued an e-fit picture of the kidnapper to the media. The two newspapers present the story in different ways, therefore, both newspapers have to be attractive to sell well. ...read more.

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All this shows that the article is aimed at capable readers. There is hardly any emotive language due to the informative focus. Naturally, there is more technical jargon like 'prompt', 'lavatories', 'eliminated', 'inferences' and 'malicious'. The high level of technical jargon is a way of informing a broadsheet's audience. Therefore, tabloids and broadsheets use very different language, but both use it to attract and keep the reader interested in the article. With reference to interviews an article seems more informative. The interview also backs the article because it shows evidence for what it is trying to convey. The Sun uses an interview to show itself as helpful: "And Chief Insp Mike Alderson said: "I'd like to say a massive thank-you to The Sun for all your help in publicising Sarah's plight." 'The Sun' has used this quote to make itself look good, it has also been used because a man highly respected within the police said it, proving its credibility. However, 'The Sun' has not used an interview to inform the reader unlike 'The Times', which carries a main purpose of informing its readers. Due to the informing purpose 'The Times' uses a quote from Chief Inspector Mike Alderson, which talks about the e-fit picture. ...read more.

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The cause of this diversity is due to clashing aims and different types of readers. Tabloids aim to mainly create emotion amongst readers, where as a broadsheets aim to inform its readers. Readers of a tabloid are normally less educated and interested in issues that affect them. On the contrary, a broadsheet reader is expected to be more educated, of a higher socio-economic group and take interest in business and international related affairs. Therefore, the layout and language change to suit the reader. The layout is similar in both papers in the sense they both use pictures and columns. However, 'The Sun' chooses to put the story on the front-page and presents it on a larger scale. Language is more technical in the broadsheet and has been used only to inform. 'The Sun' is biased towards Sarah Payne and her family and uses a less informing tone unlike broadsheets. A particular message is also apparent in 'The Sun'. In my opinion, both types of newspapers have successfully satisfied their aims. Since these articles were written, Sarah Payne has been found murdered close to where she lived. The kidnapper is still at large and the search for him has commenced. Tougher legislation on paedophiles has been discussed as riots broke out. However, nothing affective ...read more.

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