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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
  • Word count: 3745

Comparison between tabloid and broadsheet newspapers.

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Introduction

Zara baig

MATHS COURSEWORK –

Comparison between tabloid and broadsheet newspapers

INTRODUCTION

        This coursework was about comparing two newspapers, which in this case are broadsheet and tabloid for readability. To compare these two newspapers properly, we must depend on two things; which is word length and sentence length. The longer the word and the longer the sentence, the more sophisticated the newspaper.

HYPOTHESIS

        I think that the reading difficulty should increase in the broadsheet newspaper than the tabloid newspaper since it has longer words along with longer sentences.

        Broadsheet newspapers contain longer words and sentences since they are aimed at a more sophisticated audience.

HOW SAMPLING WAS DONE

        In the sampling we used two ‘types’ of newspapers; tabloid and broadsheet. We randomly selected 4 pages from each newspaper by using the random button on our CASIO calculator.  We continued to press the equal’s button until we got a suitable page number. When we did, we once again used the same functions to choose a random line. Once we got the random line we had to count the letters in the first 25 words. In the first 25 words a few things were needed to be ignored. Things such as:

  • Abbreviations (NSPCC,BBC,NSPCA etc)
  • Hyphens (2 separate words)
  • Numbers
  • Headlines
  • Names of people and places.

 We did not include these since for example numbers could be repeated over and over again, meaning that the same number could be repeated and we would count it in which would not make it a fair test.I ignored the headings in the newspapers because the language used in the headings in not used in the actual report itself; therefore it is not suitable for my purpose.

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FREQUENCY TABLE FOR BROADSHEET (WORDS)

NO. OF LETTERS IN A WORD

NO. OF WORDS

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1  0  1 0   TOTAL= 2

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5  667   TOTAL= 24

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4  445   TOTAL= 17

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3  354   TOTAL= 15

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2  414   TOTAL= 11

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2  231   TOTAL= 8

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4  030   TOTAL= 7

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2  5 11   TOTAL= 9

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2  001   TOTAL= 3

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0  002   TOTAL= 2

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0  001   TOTAL= 6

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0  0 00   TOTAL= 1

        FINAL TOTAL= 100

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FREQUENCY TABLE FOR BROADSHEET (SENTENCES)

NO. OF SENTENCES

NO. OF WORDS IN A SENTENCE

1-10

1     0    TOTAL= 1

10-20

13   7    TOTAL= 20

20-30

9    11   TOTAL= 20

30-40

1    6     TOTAL= 7

40-50

3    0     TOTAL= 3

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0    0     TOTAL= 0

60-70

0    0     TOTAL= 0

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0    1     TOTAL= 1

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TABLOID

WORDS : TALLY CHART

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FREQUENCY TABLE FOR TABLOID (WORDS)

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Conclusion

As we can see from these results, there is not much of a difference between the mean of the broadsheet newspaper and the tabloid newspaper. However, the standard deviation of the tabloid newspaper is lower than that of the broadsheet newspaper; therefore the broadsheet newspaper has a harder readability than the tabloid newspaper because of the longer sentences and words.

Conclusion

        The results that I obtained show that the sentence length and word length in the broadsheet newspaper was greater than in the tabloid newspaper. Broadsheet newspaper used many more complex wordings than the tabloid newspaper did. This is because broadsheet newspapers are aimed at more educated and literate people, as the readability is much more complex. Similarly tabloid newspapers are aimed at people who are less educated since the sentence and word length are smaller than that of broadsheet newspapers.

          From the results, it is apparent that there are differences between Tabloid and Broadsheet Newspapers in terms of content and style. The results from the further sampling showed that both newspapers had the same number of pages devoted to sport. The Broadsheet newspaper had 10 more pages more devoted to current affairs. There are more pages given to adverts and ‘other’ things in the Tabloid newspaper.

         The cost of a Tabloid newspaper is cheaper than a Broadsheet newspaper, although a Tabloid newspaper has more pages; this could be why Tabloid newspapers are more popular.   Another reason why people might prefer Tabloid Newspapers to Broadsheet Newspapers is that they are smaller, making them easy to hold out and read.

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