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Newspaper Comparison- ‘The Independent’ and ‘The Sun’

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Dianne Lai 28th September 2001 Unit 1: Non-fiction writing to inform, explain and describe Newspaper Comparison- 'The Independent' and 'The Sun' The purpose to this comparative analysis is to show and study the difference in language and the way it is used to entertain or inform different readership. The Sun puts forward the information in a tabloid and The Independent in the form of a broadsheet. The Sun seems to be in the entertainment business whereas The Independent is in the information business. It depends on whether the reader wants to know the straight- forward facts or just gossip. The Sun gives us a human- interest account and The Independent gives us a factual one. The first contrasting difference is in the titles. ...read more.


This might be because of its preference to colloquial language or it might be because of the limited amount of space the article has. The Sun is more visually interesting because it contains captions and pictures, which The Independent does not have. The layout of the two articles is also very different. The Sun contains two sections and The Independent contains one. This gives The Independent more room for a longer piece whilst The Sun is limited to write as much information. The Sun has omissions of judges and less about the actual court case but The Independent is more factual about the court case and has quotations from judges, for example, Judge Peter Langan told them: "It is not pleasant to send you to prison, but the end of the road has been reached." ...read more.


It gives us the impression that they were dragged into that courtroom, which is obviously a dramatic exaggeration. In general The Sun gives us a more entertaining account and is more visually interesting but the content and information is lacking compared to The Independent. The spacing in The Sun gives us two paragraphs and is separated by the smaller title, fight. The Independent however consists of one long piece and is not as eccentric. In conclusion you can see the reporters attempts to write for the different range of people. The Sun overall amuses its readership with its puns and patronizing descriptions. The Independent gives us the serious and intellectual side of the incident. It gives the article in a more reporting perspective with no one-sided views but The Sun gives us the more public, humorous, human -interest view. ...read more.

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