• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Taking the image of people jumping from the Twin Towers as your starting point, compare and contrast the media coverage of the events of September 11th as reported in a broadsheet newspaper, a tabloid and the television.

Extracts from this document...


Taking the image of people jumping from the Twin Towers as your starting point, compare and contrast the media coverage of the events of September 11th as reported in a broadsheet newspaper, a tabloid and the television. 'The Mirror', 'The Times' and a 'BBC' television report all cover the same horrifying set of events- the September 11th attacks on the twin towers which ultimately changed the world. However each one has tended to focus on these stories from very different angles all aimed at diverse readerships and viewers. 'The Mirror', with its varied use of colloquial language, employs the means of an emotive, emphatic and personalised account to incite shock and disbelief amongst its readers, producing a sensationalist and attractive read. On the other hand, however scandalous the events may have been, 'The Times' has aimed for a more cautious approach to the report, providing its readers with a formal, factual and unbiased account and therefore allowing them to come to their own conclusions on the previous day's happenings. The 'BBC' televised news report has used a mixture of the two, utilizing dramatic visual experiences in addition to an informative and formal background news report relating the events in the very same order that they happened.. ...read more.


'The Mirror' has intended to evoke its readers' emotions by employing many personalised stories throughout the entire article which portray the suffering the individuals described sustained. These uses of personal human stories in a random disparate order reflect the vast range of individuals in the tower, most of whom died. An example of this is 'Sports store boss Robert James, 43, saw at least five bodies fall. He said: "They looked like rag dolls"'. Thus, one can infer that content wise 'The Mirror's' report is a lot more emotive and has based most of its factual evidence on what numerous individuals at the scene had to say therefore enticing one's own feelings and emotions towards those who suffered and died. Moreover, this gives the article a heightened realism seeing that all the people quoted most probably have similar jobs and lives to those reading the account. On the contrary, 'The Times' report has a much more formal, factual and political slant to the way it describes the events and there is little individualisation. In 'The Times' the reaction of numerous world leaders and their governments gives a much broader picture and the credibility of quote is increased since they come from official sources such as '"Terrorism against our nation will not stand," President Bush declared...'. ...read more.


with the voice over adding solemn words to match the sombre images it describes: 'And then the World Trade Centre, proud symbol that it was, of the wealthiest city in the world, was no more." This visibly highlights the importance of the towers and in turn, the significance of the events, proving to be an effective ending to the report. The three media reports have achieved their aims but in different ways. 'The Mirror' article has plainly been able to achieve its aim of horrifying, evoking and emoting its readership with informal, colloquial and expletive language in addition to plenty of personal quote use. Paragraphs and sentences are short in order to prolong readers' attention. 'The Times', although non-colloquial and restrained, has still managed to sustain its readership's interest through its varied sentence structures and informative tone as well as ample facts and concrete evidence from a variety of official sources to back them up. Finally, the BBC televised news report has also managed its aim of horrifying and shocking its viewers with the visual experiences provided and the informative, descriptive, factual yet reserved background voiceover. Thus, for the above reasons, it can be concluded that all three have reached their targets and aims for their readerships or viewers although in many different ways of conducting their approach. By Mohsen Khairaldin-Garcia, 10Y ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Newspapers & Magazines section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Newspapers & Magazines essays

  1. Two media pieces - 1) The Factsheet from the NCDL 2) The article from ...

    The words 'FREE- range FIDO' mean that the dogs should be allowed to be free to roam rather than being cooped up in small, dark, cold cages away from their mothers. The writer has used the word 'Factsheet' to express that it is giving us facts about the cruel puppy farming that is being done behind our backs.

  2. Successful reading may be achieved by balancing approaches: bottom-up and top-down.

    various strengths offered by the individual methods thus giving a good ground for developing a mixed approach. (http://www.superkids.com/aweb/pages/features/reading/phonics.shtml [23.10.01]) Further writers give their support to a mixed approach. David Eskey in his article 'Models of reading...' links successful reading with applying both top-down and bottom-up models simultaneously; readers decode and interpret as they read.

  1. Comparing newspapers,The Sun, a tabloid newspaper and The Telegraph, a broadsheet newspaper which went ...

    Tabloids love to play around with words and dramatic expressions to agitate the readers such as "dragged", "poor child" and "like rag playing". It describes the baby girl as a dog's chew toy in addition to being mauled by it.

  2. Analyse how generic codes and conventions are used to create the identity and image ...

    The use of a masthead is to indicate to the reader what type of newspaper they are getting - a redtop masthead is an identity of a Tabloid so you would recognise that a redtop newspaper was a Tabloid. The masthead is normally in big bold letters that stand out to the reader/buyer.

  1. Newspapers -How have newspaper changed overtime?

    And also, there is no longer a target market for this as people are no longer interested to find out about this in newspapers. Newspapers are clearly split into sections. Society has changed therefore newspapers have changed to adapt to the society, and it reflects societies different priorities.

  2. Science and the media

    And furthermore, the public are very often under-informed about scientific issues due to distrust. Also, it is sad but true that the media do not care about how trustworthy they are the truth is that the public have very little say in what and how they report.

  1. Year 10 English Coursework - Media

    "Are the recruitment procedures fair and open?" This is a rhetorical question and also leaves views open for the readers to decide what to believe. The Times talk about a wider range of things such as the cost of recruitment and the inquiry itself and its outcome.

  2. Ownership of Media Companies - Disney, the BBC and The Bath Chronicle

    As the BBC is a trust and run?s on the money that the incense payer give?s them, the BBC can just use the money they make on TV shows etc and put it into other shows they make. The advantage of a trust is that the money can just reused

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work