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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
  • Word count: 3386

In this piece of coursework, I am going to evaluate and try to find the difference in readability between the three types of newspapers on the market in the UK. These types are: Broadsheet, Quality and Tabloid.

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Introduction

GCSE Maths Coursework – Higher Level

By Zachary Bishti

1.AIMS:

In this piece of coursework, I am going to evaluate and try to find the difference in readability between the three types of newspapers on the market in the UK. These types are: Broadsheet, Quality and Tabloid.

As mentioned above the three types of newspaper existing on the market in the UK could be generally classified as either Broadsheet, Quality or Tabloid.  Examples of these types of paper are:

Broad Sheet:

  • The Times
  • The Guardian
  • The Telegraph

Quality:

  • Daily Mail

Tabloid:

  • The Sun
  • News Of The World
  • The Mirror
  • Star        

From my initial impressions, I can see purely from reading the articles that there is a substantial amount of difference in the intelligence in the reporting level and journalism style in each paper. These differences in content easily gives away the “Type classification” of the newspaper.  I think that Broadsheets are more intellectually oriented and political.  The reason for this is that this type of newspaper is targeted towards a specific audience who are mature persons, both in age and in political views. Professional, Managerial, and University students are also targeted readership.  I think that Broadsheets are generally read because they deal with current issues in a more thorough manner, but they may also include social stories that are well written and presented without the added simplistic gossip of the tabloids. I think that the target audience for Quality papers is most likely working class professionals who do not have much time to read long articles printed on large size paper.

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Middle

37

4.05

16.4025

0

10

3

40

5.05

25.5025

76.5075

11

0

40

6.05

36.6025

0

12

0

40

7.05

49.7025

0

13

0

40

8.05

64.8025

0

TOTAL

40

TOTAL

167.9

3.5 STANDARD DEVIATION FOR THE TIMES

No. of letters in each word (x)

Frequency (f)

Cumulative Frequency

x - x

(x - x)²

f(x - x)²

1

2

2

-4.28

18.275625

36.55125

2

4

6

-3.28

10.725625

42.9025

3

3

9

-2.28

5.175625

15.526875

4

10

19

-1.28

1.625625

16.25625

5

5

24

-0.28

0.075625

0.378125

6

6

30

0.73

0.525625

3.15375

7

0

30

1.73

2.975625

0

8

4

34

2.73

7.425625

29.7025

9

3

37

3.73

13.875625

41.626875

10

2

39

4.73

22.325625

44.65125

11

0

39

5.73

32.775625

0

12

1

40

6.73

45.225625

45.225625

13

0

40

7.73

59.675625

0

TOTAL

40

TOTAL

275.975

3.6 STANDARD DEVIATION FOR THE DAILY MAIL

No. of letters in each word (x)

Frequency (f)

Cumulative Frequency

x - x

(x - x)²

f(x - x)²

1

1

1

-4.13

17.015625

17.015625

2

8

9

-3.13

9.765625

78.125

3

5

14

-2.13

4.515625

22.578125

4

8

22

-1.13

1.265625

10.125

5

3

25

-0.13

0.015625

0.046875

6

4

29

0.88

0.765625

3.0625

7

3

32

1.88

3.515625

10.546875

8

1

33

2.88

8.265625

8.265625

9

0

33

3.88

15.015625

0

10

4

37

4.88

23.765625

95.0625

11

3

40

5.88

34.515625

103.546875

12

0

40

6.88

47.265625

0

13

0

40

7.88

62.015625

0

TOTAL

40

TOTAL

348.375

3.
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Conclusion

         However, my prediction is correct. In the conclusion the results suggest that The Times has more letters per word on average than The Mirror, but this does not mean that this is conclusive. There is only a small sample that has been taken. If I had more time, greater, more wider investigations could have been taken. For example, other newspapers could have been investigated. The other contents of the papers could also have been examined. The size of photographs printed in the papers should be analysed also to see if there was a correlation between the size and number of pictures to the size of the words.

However, it is important to point out that Word size may not mean that the paper is more profound or easier to read. The assumption I made concerning this may be false and invalidate the investigation, which means that my conclusion is not definite and I cannot take it far.

Finally, in my case, a detrimental factor for losing much needed time was that I originally collected the results with a group but then these results were lost or misplaced by someone. I, therefore, had to start on my own results by getting hold of some old newspapers from a month ago, which were available to me and restart the investigation.

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