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Conduct an investigation into the differences in tabloid and broadsheet newspapers.

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Introduction

Introduction

I am going to conduct an investigation into the differences in tabloid and broadsheet newspapers. In this investigation I will look into 7 particular aspects they are as follows,

  1. Length of article in words.
  2. Length of sentence in words.
  3. Length of sentence in letters.
  4. Length of word in letters.
  5. Length of title in letters.
  6. Length of paragraph in words.
  7. Amount of pictures.

I shall record record my findings in a variety of ways, which include,

  1. Frequency Polygons.
  2. Two way tables.
  3. Pie charts.
  4. Frequency Tables.
  5. Cumulative frequency curves.
  6. Mean, Median, Mode and range.

I will then cumulate my findings with a conclusion, which will compare in detail my hypothesis and the actual results, examining the two sets of information. I will include neither pronunciation nor numeric characters.

Sampling

I will be sampling two similar articles on the same for consistency and so it won’t be biased. It could be biased if you had two different themed articles as different types of newspaper writes in different ways, thus by using similar articles on the same there this form of bias is eradicated.

Bias

I am going to try to find out if anything I am investigating is biased, this can be if it has a leading question if it is favouring the other style of newspaper.

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Middle

The only bias I can think of is that the broadsheet has a broader page, but I cannot do anything to change this and I do not think it will affect my results dramatically.

  1. Amount of pictures

The only bias I can think of is that the broadsheet has a broader page, but I cannot do anything to change this and I do not think it will affect my results dramatically.

As you can see there are no real rooms for concern in my investigation as the only qualm is the size of the broadsheet newspaper. As the investigation is all about the differences between the two newspapers, I have no concerns.

Hypothesis

I am going to give my predictions in the same order as I did in the introduction for ease of reference. I will use the same numbers as I did in the introduction.

  1. Length of article in words

I think that the broadsheet will have more words in the article because broadsheets are bigger and more intellectual.

  1. Length of sentence in words

I think that the broadsheet will have more words in a sentence because in my opinion tabloids go for short snappy sentences.

  1. Length of sentence in letters

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Conclusion

If I did my investigation again one of the things which I would change would be my hypothesis. I would change this because when I look at my results I can see that I jumped to assumption s about things which I shouldn’t which got in the way of my hypothesis. Another thing I would change would be the ways I showed some of the data. The most blatant case is ‘Length of word in letters’, this is because it is solely tables and no graphs, this is all well and good if you have the time to sit down and decipher all the information but it is useless if you want a fleeting glance at the information. So I would change that section and put either a frequency polygon or a scatter graph to show this date in a better light. Another thing I would change would be the information I gave when I made the results sheet. On some I listed all the mean, median, mode and range, and on others I listed them jointly. This was useless because it tells you nothing of the differences.

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