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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
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Maths Coursework

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Introduction

Oliver Wells

Maths Data Handling Coursework:

Aim: For this investigation, I am going to select 4 different newspapers, and compare them. I will represent data collection in a number of appropriate forms. I will analyse the content and style of each newspaper and make comparisons between them. I will analyse such things as the content, amount of space devoted to particular items, readability and the size and number of pages.

Hypothesis: Different types of newspapers will produce different data and for this reason I selected a range of newspapers. I predict that the broadsheets newspapers will be more detailed; I would expect they will have a greater number of words and the content would be more informative and focused on current affairs. In tabloid newspapers I would expect the content to be less informative and the readability in terms of language to be easier. There would be a visual difference between the types of newspapers in the headlines, fonts and number and type of pictures.  

Collection Method: I am going to collect a total of four different newspapers:

  • The Daily Telegraph
  • The Times
  • The Sun
  • The Metro

To gather a wide range of results, I will collect 4 different versions of each newspaper. From this data I will be able to compare the newspapers with each other and analyse them.

Name of Paper

Type of Paper

The Daily Telegraph

Broadsheet

The Sun

Tabloid

The Times

Broadsheet

Metro

Tabloid

Why choose these papers?

I believe four is a suitable number of newspapers to analyse as there is variety but not to an extent where it becomes unmanageable.

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Middle

The Sun – 0.628 p (per page)The Metro – 0p (per page)

What can we gather from this?

Both the Tabloid and Broadsheet newspapers have approximately the same number of pages. This factor links with the other information I have gathered from my research showing that the reading involved in the tabloid newspaper is much less daunting and would possibly be more attractive to a less accomplished reader. Having a higher number of pages will spread out the information more over a larger area. Whereas the Broadsheet style papers will be in more detail, and densely distributed, for the more accomplished reader.

Length of words

The next factor I am going to compare is the length of words in particular articles of the four different newspapers. I aim to analyse the variety in length of words from 2 articles in each paper; 250 words from a sports article, and 250 words from a particular news article. I have chosen to look at 250 words from each article in each paper, because keeping the variable of number of words the same is essential in applying a fair test. Also, 250 will provide a suitable length of text and give an example of the words used.

I will count the words from newspapers printed on the 14/07/07.

Firstly I will create, a table like the following, so I can accurately record the number of different length words in one article. I will do this in a tally form in rough on some paper before word processing it.

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Conclusion

What does this information tell us about the newspapers?

From this data, we can obtain that the articles in The Sun have a noticeably lower reading age, as the majority of words are of a shorter length. The Metro had a slightly higher proportion of longer words, but still less than the Times and the Daily Telegraph.

Out of the 4 newspapers the Daily Telegraph has the highest proportion of longer length words. From this we could conclude that to read the daily Telegraph the reader would have to have a higher reading age in order to gain full understanding and enjoyment. This finding also fits with the research on headline space. The newspaper with the biggest headline had supporting text where the majority of words were of a shorter length.

What could I have improved?

  • Sample size - by increasing the sample size I would be able to gather a more comprehensive set of results.
  • Disregard names of people and places- In the Sun and Metro sports and news sections, the majority of the longer words tended to be names or teams. This could be regarded as an unfair test. Next time, I would recommend sampling sections, cutting out names and places. I believe this would give me a greater indication to the real readability of these articles.

In conclusion

  • The cheapest newspaper per page is the Metro.
  • The Daily Telegraph has the greatest amount of longest length words.
  • The Sun has the greatest amount of the shortest length of words
  • The Daily Telegraph the least amount of space devoted to the headline.
  • The Sun has the greatest amount of space devoted to the headline.
  • The Sun would appear to be the easiest newspaper to read.

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