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Compare the language and content of an article from a broadsheet newspaper and a tabloid newspaper. Both articles should refer to the same subject.

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The Media Communication Skills Coursework Compare the language and content of an article from a broadsheet newspaper and a tabloid newspaper. Both articles should refer to the same subject. We were asked to produce a comparative essay on one medium of communication; that of which most of today's news communications seem to arise from: the newspaper. I am sure that you are aware of the two groups into which, newspapers are segmented within today's society. The tabloid and the broadsheet. The articles which I have chosen to examine and compare shows many of the different and complex devices that are used to inform and influence our opinions of specific news matters. Within my articles; which are based on a subject openly used as fodder used by news organisations for the past thirty years, the peace process in Northern Ireland; we can see clearly the devices that are used as opinion formers. The subject is a controversial one and that will explain the approaches taken by the two different newspapers. The tabloid takes, what appears on the surface to be an open ended argument stating facts and separate opinions from political groups. This is the approach most often taken by newspapers and which I consider to be the 'political link'. The newspaper (The Daily Mail 20th September 2001) ...read more.


has the effect of almost obsessive persuasion it contrasts starkly against the concise English and the formation of words and sentence structure within the article which serves to give the reader security in the newspapers' opinion and almost to accept that opinion s their own. This compound sentence structure may also be due to the spoken format, as complex sentence structures tend not to be absorbed as readily in a spoken mode, the use of metaphorical language provides a vision and compounds the challenging nature of the words spoken, the imperative tone also serves this purpose. 'The IRA offer to step up discussions with General John de Chastilian's decommissioning body in a bid to overcome the arms deadlock was not entirely unexpected. But it seems unlikely that it will be enough to persuade unionists, who want an actual physical start to the destruction of weapons, that they should keep the power sharing government afloat.' This seemingly innocent statement contains complex sentence structure, which may have the effect of not allowing the reader to challenge the comments made. This is due to the continual clauses and factual evidence that has been presented clearly and concisely. The continuation of the quote form politician, John Reid, shows again a compound sentence structure, but when spoken and viewed with prosodic features such as inflection and rhythm presents a distinct challenge to the listener. ...read more.


The use of cynical in the heading shows the disbelief that the reporter has his opinion is obvious even from the very start. He is bias on the side of the unionist politicians who are quoted from repeatedly and in the majority; there is little reference in the story to the members of the IRA or quotes from their Statement. A quote from lord Kilclooney also shows the political bias and serves the purpose of reinforcing the 'public opinion' that Sinn Fein should be excluded from the peace talks. 'If we're at war with terrorism it would be better to suspend the institutions indefinitely and hold a full review. The time has come for Sinn Fein to be excluded,' The quote is a classic example of a compound sentence structure; the colloquial terms suggest a link with the common people. There is also end focus with the request for Sinn Fein to be excluded. In this article we see that the paper abuses it's right to speak for the people by taking the content of the IRA statement and creating a parody, which leads to the situation not being taken seriously. 'The IRA blamed 'the setting of further preconditions and the outright rejection of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning statement by the Ulster Unionist party leadership for the stalling of the peace process. ...read more.

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