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A Comparison of Broadsheet and Tabloid Newspapers

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A comparison of broadsheet and tabloid newspapers Newspapers started being produced in Britain during the 17th Century. Over the years they have become one of the most popular ways of receiving information. General interest newspapers often feature articles on political events, crime, business, art/entertainment, society and sports. People read them to find out what is going on in the world. Even though television and the Internet is now a big part of the media, newspapers are still one of the most common ways of getting information. Newspapers can be daily or weekly and they give up to date information on the types of stories the reader is interested in. Newspapers can be accurate and factual but they can be exaggerated and unreliable depending on which type you read. Newspapers are separated into two types, tabloid and broadsheet. The tabloids and broadsheets are two very different types of newspapers in lots of ways. ...read more.

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Tabloids tend to have a single story dominated by a headline, broadsheets allow two or more stories to be displayed, the most important at the top of the page. Inside a tabloid newspaper the pictures tend to dominate more than the text as opposed to the broadsheet newspaper where the text is usually bigger than the picture, especially in the main stories. A further contrast between broadsheets and tabloids is the language in both the headline and the text. In a tabloid the headlines are a very important factor of the articles. The aim is to create an interesting, clever headline by using techniques such as rhyming, alliteration or a pun. For example 'ROSS AND RUSS SUSPENDED' was a recent headline in the Sun newspaper. This shows alliteration to make the two names similar creating a clever, catchy headline. The headlines are often in capitals and are nearly always very big and bold to make the stories eye-catching. ...read more.

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On the contrary broadsheets are there to inform rather than provoke emotions and so will use detail in their text. Long, complex and detailed sentences are a common occurrence. Broadsheet newspapers use a factual and formal tone in their articles. 'The BBC could face prosecution over obscene phone calls that Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand made to 78-year-old Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs' is the opening line of the broadsheet article in the Daily Mail. The language is a lot more factual and informing, not over-exaggerating. The sentence generalizes what the article is going to be about. In my opinion a tabloid is a much more preferable read. This is because I personally enjoy a more exciting, lighter read than a serious one. I think many younger people prefer tabloids as they are not yet interested in politics and financial issues. My opinion is that in the future I might prefer to read broadsheets as I will be more mature and will want to know more about the type of information written in broadsheets. Ella Park English Coursework Ms Uren ...read more.

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