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This analysis aims to explore the usage and choice of language, the formation and presentation of media, and the target audiences of two newspapers, regarding their approach to the war in Iraq.

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This analysis aims to explore the usage and choice of language, the formation and presentation of media, and the target audiences of two newspapers, regarding their approach to the war in Iraq. Comparisons are to be drawn, in this case between two articles from The Guardian and The Daily Mail, not so much in the views taken but in how the news is delivered, and how these conform to our expectations of these types of newspapers. Possibly it is worthy to briefly suggest some expectations of these newspapers, so that we can determine whether the reporting style differs from these thoughts. The Guardian is a broadsheet and is therefore expected to focus on political matters in great depth, possibly with more than one report on a current situation, so as to provide a broad range of opinions. We do not commonly associate celebrities or 'gossip' in general with broadsheets, such as The Guardian, whereas we expect a more general mix of news and social comments, generally with a singular focus to articles, so as to provide a directive argument, from tabloids, such as The Daily Mail. We would imagine The Daily Mail to make comments that are quite conservative and place focus on 'our' (the British peoples') property and what 'our' property is doing or capable of. ...read more.

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However, maybe there is a reason for this. The emphasis in The Daily Mail is very much placed on the might of 'our' forces and so this powerful use of language is very effective. The Guardian's stance is very much the opposite though, placing emphasis on the comparative weakness of the Iraqi troops, and thus, the usage of powerful language would be inappropriate. The only possible hint of 'our' power in The Guardian is given by the usage of the word 'clearing', possibly suggesting our ability to clear a route, but this is a very weak suggestion. The Daily Mail generally uses very emotive language, maybe to depict the strength of 'our' army, and possibly because the audience is somewhat reliant on this quite influential writing to aid them in the formation of their own opinions. There are copious numbers of examples to be found to support this argument. They are found when the journalists have taken it upon themselves to add their own views to the situation and used an adjective or particular verb to add to the atmosphere and power of their writing. For example, the usage of words such as 'massive', 'struck', 'huge' and 'mass' all give a striking image. However, the reason for their choice is well planned. ...read more.

Conclusion

All speech has come from military or political officials, good sources, but possibly a little one-sided in their views (note they are both part of the same hierarchical structure.) The Guardian uses a little more speech, but this is easily balanced by the fact that there is far more text and far more subjects tackled in the article. Likewise, numbers, technical terms and official titles can show the precision and knowledge of a newspaper and credit their sources. These are all used in both articles to great affect and credit the sources and facts well. All in all, we can see the articles are fairly compliant with our expectations. The Guardian and The Daily Mail have different focuses and priorities and express these in very different ways, graphically and through language. There are many minor details in the 'innuendos' of each word that could be explored, but this would possibly be too fussy and complicated for the essay. The layout of each paper is designed to compliment the needs of the text and the audience. Every point is carefully considered and executed to meet the demands of the paper, and this is what makes them sell: a definitive style and a well-targeted audience is a complete package. An analysis of the approaches to the breaking news of the war in Iraq, taken by two different newspapers, exploring the use of language, style, content and media features in both. 2 By Thomas Hancox 10B ...read more.

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