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# I am going to investigate the readability of three different types of newspapers, a tabloid, a quality, and a broadsheet paper.

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Introduction

## INTRODUCTION

I am going to investigate the readability of three different types of newspapers, a tabloid, a quality, and a broadsheet paper.

The tabloid paper seems to be easier to read than the other two papers. The Guardian is probably the most complicated and uses the most sophisticated language but this is only in my opinion, I will have to prove whatever I think.

I will have to use many different types of graph to display and compare my data e.g. cumulative frequency, scatter diagrams, histograms. The data I gather will be discrete data, as a set of values will be given.

To conduct my research correctly I will have to do a range of averages e.g. box plot, pie chart.

I will use a stratified sample and gather 10% of a particular article on a particular newspaper. To try and make my results more accurate I will compare back page articles as well as front-page articles, so altogether I will have to analyse six separate articles and hope to gather conclusive results.

## PREDICTION

I predict that the broadsheet will have more letters per word, as the language seems to be more intellectual.

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Middle

The tabloids front page had an area of 1082.5cm² which was smaller than the quality papers 1188cm². The broadsheet had a front page twice as big as the tabloids front page with an area of 2217cm². The quality papers headline took up a larger percentage than both the tabloids and the broadsheets. The quality papers headline took up 33.3% (1/3) of the front page, the tabloids headline took up 12% of the front page whilst the broadsheet took up 5.6% of the front page. The broadsheet had many separate headlines as well as a main headline due to the size of the paper it will be inappropriate to use up the same percentage as the quality newspapers headline. I personally think the more serious and problematic an article is; the more area the headline will take up, the larger the headline the more appealing it will be to the reader.

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Conclusion

The broadsheet had more words in the 10% investigated then both the tabloid and quality paper. The quality paper had the longest words. From the averages the quality paper had an average median of 8 letters per word followed by the tabloids 7 letters per word and the broadsheets 5 letters per word.

My prediction was partially correct as I predicted the broadsheet will have the most words in the area I was going to investigate and I was correct.

To improve my results I could try analysing more newspapers, which would have my investigation more accurate, I could have also analysed a larger number of articles in a particular page and compared them.

### CONCLUSION

In conclusion the broadsheet had the most words I the 10% of the article I investigated followed by the mirror and then the quality paper. The text font was also considerably smaller, which could have affected my results drastically. The quality paper had the most letters per word followed by the tabloid and surprisingly the broadsheet had the least letters per word. So I gathered that the guardian is the easiest to read as it had the least letters per word.

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