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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
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Investigating Newspapers

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Introduction

Investigating Newspapers Plan I will be investigating the readability of 3 newspapers by comparison. These newspapers are: * The Sun (tabloid) * The Daily Telegraph (broadsheet) * Daily Mail (quality) I am using these three newspapers because they provide a variety of styles of newspaper. I will be investigating the: * Word length (letters) * Sentence length (words) * Article length (sentences) In each news paper I will choose three articles to focus on these points with - a sport article, a headline article, and a mid-paper article. I will be comparing the papers by using: mean, median, mode, standard deviation, and box and whisker diagrams along with upper quartiles, lower quartiles and interquartile ranges. Prediction I think that the broadsheet (The Daily Telegraph) will turn out to have larger article lengths, sentence length, and word length. So in this order of readability (where number one is the most readable): 1. The Daily Telegraph (broadsheet) 2. Daily Mail (quality) 3. The Sun (tabloid) I think this because The Broadsheet papers are said to be more intellectual and informational. Thus I thought that they might have more complicated information and more information in them. ...read more.

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With "OAP" I would count it as 1 word and 3 letters. Results Article Length Here, I have chosen articles about the same events, so to keep it as un-biased as I can. Although it does show how different papers prioritise different matters. Sport: "Chelsea boss won't deny meeting Cole over transfer" Front Page: "SAS feared dead in Iraq air crash as millions of voters defy terrorists" Mid-Paper: "REVEALED: The secret evidence that Jacko hopes will save him from a prison cell" Daily Mail The Sun The Daily Telegraph Sport 30 37 40 Front Page 37 41 37 Mid-Paper 114 35 20 Sentence Length These are the sentence lengths that I collected, they have been ordered. Daily Mail The Sun The Daily Telegraph Sport 6, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 17, 17, 19, 19, 19, 22, 23, 26, 32, 32, 37 9, 12, 13, 20, 21, 24, 25, 25, 27, 27, 28, 29, 31, 33, 33, 34, 35, 38, 43, 48 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 32, 34 Front Page 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 15, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 28, 32 6, 8, 8, 9, ...read more.

Conclusion

As you can see the median word length is higher than the other two and the spread between the quartiles stretches further into the high numbers. The mean for the Daily Mail is also higher than the rest of them (as displayed on the box and whisker diagrams). The Daily Telegraph and The Sun compare very closely on the box and whisker diagrams, though The Daily Mail shows a significantly lower mean word length. Front Page The box and whisker diagrams show me that The Sun obviously has the longer words in general. This also shows through in the mean. On The Daily Telegraph plot, it doesn't look like there is a median; this is because the median is the same value as the lower quartile, so they are on top of each other. I think that by comparing the Sport and the Front Page plots, I can see that in general the Front Page articles seem to have significantly shorter words. Mid-Paper I can see that the Daily Mail has a wider spread of word length, but still its mean word length is lower still than The Sun, who has the longest mean word length of the three in mid-paper articles. The mid-paper articles tend to have longer words than that of the front page articles, but I think shorter than the sport ones. ...read more.

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