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Look at 3 different newspapers and analyse differences in content and style.

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Newspaper Comparison By Chris Wood 16/10/2002 Aim: Look at 3 different newspapers and analyse differences in content and style. I'm going to look at a Tabloid, a Broadsheet and a Quality. The newspapers I am going to use are: Newspaper Type Date of issue Daily Mirror Tabloid Mon 14th October 02 Daily Mail Quality Mon 14th October 02 The Guardian Broadsheet Mon 14th October 02 I made sure I got the newspapers on the same day, as weekend papers differ to weekday papers. Hypothesis: I think that The Guardian will have the longest sentences, because it is a broadsheet and it was the most expensive. I think that The Daily Mirror will have the shortest sentences as it was the cheapest, it is also a Tabloid which are full of pictures and don't have many sentences. Preliminary Test: I did a small investigation to give me an idea of what length the sentences are. I have chosen to look at the first 10 sentences in the Sport sections of each paper. My preliminary test shows that there are differences in sentence length. Daily Mirror: Daily Mail: The Guardian: I made a few rules that I will use throughout this investigation: Rule 1: a number counts as 1 word (e.g. 123) Rule 2: slang words count as 1 word (e.g. don't) Rule 3: double barrel words count as 1 word (e.g. cross-section) By keeping to this my investigation will be fair and the results will be more reliable and accurate. ...read more.


The Gossip section had the lowest mean and median. Overall Comment: I found that the Daily Mirror had the lowest mean, mode and median in all 3 sections.. The Guardian had the highest mean mode and median out of the 3 newspapers in the News, Sport and Gossip sections. This shows that the average sentence length in The Guardian is the biggest. The Daily Mail has the lowest average sentence length. I put my data into equal class intervals; it shows how many sentences had how many words: Daily Mirror Daily Mail The Guardian Number of words in sentence Sport News Gossip Sport News Gossip Sport News Gossip 1<10 0 0 0 5 0 6 0 0 0 11<20 12 1 18 14 3 9 5 8 23 21<30 4 14 29 25 25 28 77 30 48 31<40 1 5 2 1 14 18 54 51 10 41<50 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 56 9 51<60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 To find the mean of the equal width intervals I multiplied the number of sentences by the mid point of the number of words in a sentence, I did that for all the numbers in that column. I then added them together; I divided the total by the total of numbers in that column. E.g. Daily Mirror - Sport 5.5 x 0 = 0 186 + 102 + 35.5 = 323.5 15.5 x 12 = 186 12 + 4 + 1 = 17 25.5 x 4 = ...read more.


I found that The Guardian had the highest standard deviation in all 3 sections. The Daily Mirror had the lowest standard deviation in the Sport and News section. The Daily Mail had the lowest standard deviation in the Gossip section. I also grouped the standard deviation for each newspaper. This helped me show what newspapers had the highest and lowest standard deviation. I totalled up the standard deviation for each newspaper by adding up all 3 sections. Daily Mirror Daily Mail The Guardian 4.953085 5.92496 9.296585 This shows that The Guardian had the most spread out data, the Daily Mirror had the least spread out data. Conclusion: I think that my investigations went well. I found that my data proved my hypothesis correct. My results show that The Guardian had more letters per word on average than the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror. I feel I have collected enough data and drawn enough graphs to give my strong reliable results. If there was more time I could have undertaken extensive an investigation by looking at more papers, and every single page. I could also have looked at the size of images that were in the papers, to see if there was a correlation between the size and number of pictures to the length of the words. I think the Daily Mirror is more appealing to less intellectual people that don't like to read much. The Guardian is more appealing to more intellectual people that like to read a lot. ...read more.

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