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Using the image of the bodies jumping from the tower as a starting point, compare and contrast the articles of tabloid and broadsheet newspapers covering the incidents of September 11th 2001.

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English Media Coursework Using the image of the bodies jumping from the tower as a starting point, compare and contrast the articles of tabloid and broadsheet newspapers covering the incidents of September 11th 2001. September 11th 2001 will be marked as one of the most horrific terrorist attack ever. It will be scolded on everyone's minds for the rest of their lives. The terrorist attacks destroyed America's dignity with co-ordinated attacks which completely demolished the World Trade Centre located in New York killing thousands of innocent citizens in what was the single, biggest attack on New York since Pearls Harbour in December 1941. This was the top story in the media which was covered by many different styles such as television, newspapers and also by radio. It was the main headline in TV and radio and reached every front page of newspapers without a doubt. In this essay I am going to compare two British newspapers that contain very different literature and layout. I will contrast the two and view how they portray the devastating attacks taken place on September 11th 2001. In the articles the general layouts are quite similar but both have different focal points. ...read more.

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These interviews give us a very good idea of how the victims must have felt during the ordeal but it doesn't help the readers understand what actually happened and what the rest of the world was saying. Unlike The Mirror, The Times is very much clearer on what had happened where and when. It gives you an accurate and clear description on when the planes had hit and a sense or why they hit; "About 9am (2pm BST) the towers of the Trade Centre in Lower Manhattan were hit within minutes of one another by hijacked passenger aircraft which tore gaping holes in the buildings and sent fireballs surging through the upper floors." It also tells you about the talks going on in other places on the Earth such as Tony Blair; "We can only imagine the terror and the carnage there and the many, many innocent people who have lost their lives." This shows that other leaders are thinking about what had happened. Continuing with the interviews, The Mirror has interviews from many people ranging from fire marshals to a man who works for an Internet Company who was forcefully ordered out of the Manhattan subway after the first plane had hit. ...read more.

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The Times were not quick to blame anybody but did mention Osama Bin Laden but only because it was going to be investigated the following day and does not immediately accuse him of the attacks. As the main headline of The Times is; "Bloody echoes of Pearl Harbor" it implies that whoever may be reading this paper would know about Pearl Harbor possibly aiming it at more of the Upper-Middle to the Upper class reader as they might well know more about the events of Pearl Harbor. In summary I find that The Mirror eventually gives me a better outline of the event and the emotions circling New York and the rest of the world yet The Times gives me a better view into the politics and a more informative view which then helps me focus on what might be into the near future. The Mirror seemed particularly pro western, which I felt gave it quite a bias view. It led the reader to develop an opinion shared possibly only by the writer of the article which was against the perpetrators of this attack. It was not just a blow to America and their security but it was also a huge blow on the world's security and economy. Dan Hames 10Y ...read more.

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