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Introduction

Jamie Maunder

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

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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

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