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Are tabloid newspapers harder to read than broadsheet newspapers?

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Introduction

Jamie Maunder                                          

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In this investigation I will:

  • Write a hypothesis about the length of words in Broadsheet newspapers and Tabloid newspapers.
  • Design and carry out an investigation to test my hypothesis.

Aim

My aim is to find out whether tabloid newspapers are harder to read than broadsheet newspapers. I will do this by comparing articles from within the newspapers and by comparing the space allocated to pictures on the first 10 pages of each newspaper.

Hypothesis

My hypothesis is that tabloid newspapers will be easier to read than broadsheet newspapers. I think this is true because tabloid newspapers are mainly a source of light reading and entertainment, whereas broadsheet newspapers contain more knowledgeable and formal articles.

Fair Investigation

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Middle

0

12

0

13

0

Total

200

The Guardian - ‘Battle Joined to Cure £20bn Hangover’

Number of Letters in Each Word

Tally

Frequency

1

IIII III

8

2

IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII III

38

3

IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII III

33

4

IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII IIII

24

5

IIIIIIIIIIII IIII

19

6

IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

25

7

IIIIIIII II

12

8

IIIIIIIIIIII III

18

9

IIIIIIIIIIII

15

10

IIII

5

11

I

1

12

I

1

13

I

1

Total

200

To work out the percentage allocated to pictures on each page, I had to first work out the surface area of the pages in each newspaper. My calculations are below:

The Daily Mail

Height = 40cm

Width = 30 cm

Surface Area = 40cm x 30cm = 1200cm²

The Guardian

Height = 60cm

Width = 38cm

Surface Area = 60cm x 38cm = 2280cm²

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Conclusion

d to pictures on the first 10 pages of the Daily Mail and the Guardian.

The Daily Mail

Page Number

Number of pictures

Space used on

on each page

each page (%)

1

2

47

2

3

12

3

4

49

4

3

33

5

2

21

6

3

7

7

2

14

8

2

24

9

2

17

10

1

47

The Guardian

Page Number

Number of pictures

Space used on

on each page

each page (%)

1

2

21

2

2

14

3

4

41

4

4

37

5

2

22

6

2

13

7

2

14

8

2

21

9

3

25

10

4

53

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