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The two articles are about war, one is taken from the front page of the The Daily Telegraph, Saturday January 11th 2003 and the other is from The Daily Mirror on the same date.

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Comparing two newspaper articles The two articles are about war, one is taken from the front page of the The Daily Telegraph, Saturday January 11th 2003 and the other is from The Daily Mirror on the same date. The articles are structured differently: The Mirror has three neat columns with one large picture taking up about 50% of the space. Whereas The Telegraph has the text in just one column but still has a large picture. The Daily Mirror's headline is sensational, 'Off To War' is written in large, capitalized font. The headline misleads the reader as the article is actually about 'brave teenage sailors' getting ready for war not actually going to war. The purpose of this technique is to persuade the reader to buy the article. The headline in The Daily Telegraph is different as it's a lot smaller, it is very simple and uses sibilance, which is the repetition of the 's' sound. They both appear on the front page and use the same picture, but from two very different angles. ...read more.

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The Telegraph is a typical broadsheet paper. It is aimed at higher class people such as legal professionals or business people, again it has a reading age of ten plus but is aimed at people who are about eighteen plus who may be interested in stocks shares and have a strong interest in politics. The Telegraph uses more complex vocabulary than The Mirror; it uses words such as 'non-negotiable' and 'deployment' to cater for the intelligence of their readers. The sentences in The Telegraph tend to be complex sentences with an average word count of seventeen words per sentence. The Telegraph uses more technical jargon than The Mirror for example The Telegraph refers to the planes as 'harrier gr7`s' but The Mirror calls them fixed 'wing aircrafts.' The Mirror used more emotive and sensational language than The Telegraph for example the opening paragraph read 'TEENAGE sailors' who have 'never been away from home' the aim of this is to create sympathy for the reader. The article also describes tearful parents who say goodbye. ...read more.

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With the telegraph being a more formal paper there are a lot more facts than opinions. The two papers give 'facts' on how many cigarettes were boarded on the ship; The Telegraph said'1000`000 cigarettes' were boarded whereas The mirror said 1 million cigarettes were boarded. The Daily Telegraph has quotes from Andy Gilchrist and one humorous quote from captain Alan Massey. The Mirror has a lot more quotes a few from Alan Massey but a number from females aboard the ship to create sympathy, towards the sailors. The Telegraph uses both direct and indirect speech. The message in The Daily Telegraph is that the firemen shouldn't strike when there may be a possible war. The Mirror is trying to say that we are not prepared for war that's why 'the brave teenage sailors' are going for us, and we should feel grateful and sympathy for them. I preferred The Mirror as there was less technical jargon and it was a lot easier to understand. ...read more.

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