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Differences between the Sun and the Telegraph.

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Introduction

Teresa Penkert                                                10th December 2003

Differences between the Sun and the Telegraph

How important is this story?

On checking two articles in each newspaper about the same incident, I have compared the difference in detail given. (How many words are used to cover this article?)

Headline in The Sun

“OZZY BUSTS NECK”

Front Page

326 words

Headline in The Telegraph

“OZZY hurt in quad bike accident”

Page 6

56 words

THE SUN

326 words to explain story

THE TELEGRAPH

56 words to explain story

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We gather from the above information that The Sun readers are more likely to be interested in Ozzy Osbourne, as they have made it headline news and used almost 6 times as many words to describe the incident.

ADVERTISING

Here I aim to establish what percentage of these newspapers are advertisements?

Newspaper Name        

Number of pages

 %age of pages which are advertisements

The Sun

36

27%

The Telegraph

56

31%

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Sun    75 ads ÷36 pages x 100% = 27% of paper is adverts

Telegraph    55 ads ÷ 56 pages x 100= 31% of paper is adverts

From this information shown, the Telegraph has more advertisements in ratio to the Sun

How Many Words in each sentence?

Which of the two newspapers uses longer sentences?  I have used an article from each newspaper and written down how many words in each sentence.  This has been compared over 10 sentences for each newspaper.

Words in each sentence

The Sun (No of words in

Sentence)

The Telegraph ) No of words in sentence)

Sentence 1

29

14

Sentence 2

35

30

Sentence 3

19

25

Sentence 4

22

18

Sentence 5

29

31

Sentence 6

27

33

Sentence 7

39

23

Sentence 8

42

24

Sentence 9

12

20

Sentence 10

30

14

Totals

284

232

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Middle

18+31+33+23+24=130/5=26

31+33+23+24+20=131/5=26

33+23+24+20+14=114/5=23

23+24+20+14+14=95/5=19

24+20+14+14+30=102/5=20

20+14+14+30+25=103/5=21

14+14+30+25+18=101/5=20

image04.pngThe result of this comparison shows that on an average basis The Sun uses longer sentences than The Telegraph.

Averages of Word length

For this section I have taken an article from each newspaper and compared over 55 words, which newspaper uses the longer words?

The SunThe Telegraph

Mean= 284÷10=28.4        Mean = 232÷10=23.2

Median  12,19,22,27,29 ,29,30,35,39,42Median 14,14,18,20,23 ,24,25,30,31,33

10+1=11÷2=5.5th item10+1=11÷2=5.5th item

Median is 29Median is 23.5

Mode is 29        Mode is 14

The result of this experiment shows that on average The Sun uses longer words!

Comparison of Word Length over 55 words THE SUN

Word Length

Frequency (f)

Mid-point (x)

(fx)

1-4 letters

34

2.5

85

5-8 letters

14

6.5

91

9-12 letters

7

10.5

73.5

Total

55

19.5

249.5

Averages of word length

Mean = ∑xf÷∑f                                    Mean = 249.5÷55=4.54                

Median = 55+1=56÷2=28th item         Median = group 1-4

Modal Class is 1-4

Comparison of Word Length over 55 words THE TELEGRAPH

Word Length

Frequency (f)

Mid-point (x)

(fx)

1-4 letters

31

2.5

77.5

5-8 letters

16

6.5

104

9-12 letters

8

10.5

84

Total

55

19.5

265.5

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Conclusion

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6 letters

1

40

7 letters

3

43

8 letters

5

48

9 letters

2

50

10 letters

1

51

11 letters

2

53

12 letters

2

55

Median =    n =  55 = 27.5th item = 3.4

                   2       2  

Lower Quartile n= 55 = 13.75th item =2.25

                         4     4

Upper Quartile 3(n) =55  41.25th item =6.5

                           4       4

Interquartile range is therefore 6.5-3.4=3.1

Averages of Word Length Comparison by Interquartile Range (see attached cumulative frequency curves)

The Telegraph

Letters in each

word

Frequency

Cumulative

Frequency

1 letter

4

4

2 letters

8

12

3 letters

13

25

4 letters

6

31

5 letters

6

37

6 letters

3

40

7 letters

4

44

8 letters

3

47

9 letters

2

49

10 letters

1

50

11 letters

3

53

12 letters

2

55

Median =    n =  55 = 27.5th item = 3.6

                   2       2  

Lower Quartile  n = 55 = 13.75th item =2.2

                           4     4

Upper Quartile 3(n)= 5 = 41.25th item =6.3

                         4        4

Interquartile range is therefore 6.3-3.6=2.7

Conclusion

By the following experiments I can confirm that The Sun, uses more words in a sentence, uses longer words, describes articles in more detail but does not have as many advertisements as the Telegraph.  

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