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Newspaper - a publication that appears regularly and frequently, and carries news about a wide variety of current events.

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GCSE English - Media Assignment. Newspaper: a publication that appears regularly and frequently, and carries news about a wide variety of current events. "The first printed forerunners of the newspaper appeared in Germany in the late 1400's in the form of news pamphlets or broadsides, often highly sensationalized in content." In the English-speaking world, the earliest predecessors of the newspaper were 'Corantos', small news pamphlets produced only when some event worthy of notice occurred. The first successively published title was 'The Weekly News' of 1622. It was followed in the 1640's and 1650's by a plethora of different titles in the similar news book format. The first true newspaper in English was the 'London Gazette' of 1666. For a generation it was the only officially sanctioned newspaper, though many periodical titles were in print by the century's end. 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. ...read more.

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All of the day's biggest headlines and pictures fill the front page of every newspaper. There is an obvious reason for this; if the customer likes what they see they are more likely to buy it, the front page is a huge influence on a customer. The front pages of tabloid newspapers nearly always consist of: one very large headline, a large photograph and the beginning of the article, which is continued inside. The headline is often short and snappy and tries to allure the customer into reading the whole article. The tabloids frequently use puns and quotes in their headlines. In comparison broadsheets tend to print four or five headlines on their front page also with a photograph, but not taking up nearly as much room. The headlines of broadsheets are always printed in proper English unlike tabloids who sometimes use capitol letters for full headlines. Broadsheet headlines and writing are much more sensible and use a lot less emotive writing. Here is an example: 1. A headline from 'The News Of The World' reads: - "NAOMI: I'M A COCAINE SMUGGLER". 2. A headline from 'The Guardian' reads: - "Mirror lawyer brands Campbell a liar". 'The News Of The World' headline was splashed across the front page in huge letters. ...read more.

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By performing a simple experiment using the 'Fry Readability Graph' I discovered that the approximate reading grade for 'The News Of The World' is level 6. I then discovered the grade for 'The Guardian' is level 12, twice that of the tabloid. This is what all newspapers should be like to improve the standard of English of the public and lead also to a more intelligent nation. This is also the reason I believe that tabloids are more popular than broadsheets; people find tabloids to be an "easy" read. They can just scan through easily and quickly catch an outline of world events. Whereas broadsheets go into much more detail and discussions about each topic. You have to have good vocabulary and understanding of English to read broadsheets, and they are big and bulky and take a long time to read; this is what puts most people off. All in all, I believe broadsheets are a more complete newspaper. They talk about issues that affect you and your welfare instead of trying to lure you to spend your money on a horde of unimportant tales and gossip. Obviously broadsheets like anything else are not perfect: they may put their views across in a way that is biased to them but at least they consider points from more than one angle instead of forcing their opinions and beliefs onto you. - 1 - ...read more.

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