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I chose to do my coursework on investigating different aspects of different newspapers.

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        I chose to do my coursework on investigating different aspects of different newspapers. I have several newspapers at home because my dad, granddad and grandma read different newspapers, since I want to start reading and do not know which one to choose, I am going to investigate which newspaper would be suitable for me by investigating the following factors.

  1. which newspaper have more adverts
  2. which newspaper tend to use pictures to express its idea more than using words
  3. the readability of each newspaper
  4. which newspaper will have more articles on sport, or more articles on business etc.

I did a questionnaire before I actually did my investigation and I noticed that the tabloids newspaper is more popular. I think this is because it tends to use a more exaggerate approach when reporting articles, using big, informational pictures on it’s front page to attract readers to buy it. I would expect the broadsheet newspaper or the quality to have the most readability because most of the readers of this paper are more elderly and would prefer reading than just looking at pictures.

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  1. In my investigation looking at which newspaper contains the most pictures, I will use the random number table to get random numbers for the pages. When I get 20 random page numbers, I will start collecting my data. If I get the same number more than once, I will move onto the next number. Like before, I will use a ruler to find out the areas of the pictures and divide it by the area of the page.
  1. To find out which paper has the best readability, I will look through all of the papers and find a story that is reported in all of the papers. I will count the number of words in each sentence, record the data, and use. Less sentences and less words per sentences represents a high readability.
  1. In order to find which paper devotes the most pages to sport and which paper devotes the most pages to business, I will count the number of pages devoted to the section in every paper and make a statistical analyse.

Problems encountered:

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x and whisker diagram can be used to show how wide the data spread.    





For finding the amount of space devoted to sport and business, I would use a pie chart to represent the data since it is easier to use a pie chart to distribute these type of information.

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