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  • Level: GCSE
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Maths Statistical Coursework

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Maths statistical coursework

In this project, I am going to outline two hypothesise that will differentiate between three newspapers, in terms of their content and style. In order to complete this task sufficiently, I have chosen three different types of newspaper; a broadsheet (The Independent), a tabloid (Daily Star) and another tabloid, but a slightly more expensive one (Daily Mail). The differences between the tabloids in terms of content and style will also be interesting to note. The overall hypothesis, that will be summarised at the end is that the content and style of a newspaper compliment each other in a way that attracts a specific audience to read their newspaper.


   The first hypothesis is: The Independent will have more politics and global issues with less celebrity news than both the Daily Mail and the Daily Star.

   This will allow me to deduce whether the content of the newspapers are drastically different, in that if this hypothesis proves true, I would then form a link between this and the style of the content.

Method of data collection

However, the way in which I will collect this data is to measure the area of each page that is devoted to global issue, politics, celebrity/ personal stories and other types of story. The way in which I will do this, is to sample 11 pages of the newspaper, by counting the number of pages, then dividing that number by 10, if a decimal, this number will be rounded down. The Independent had 73 pages, so the number was 7. This number is the page that I will measure the area of, i.e if the number is 7, every 7th page would be measured in terms of area devoted to the topics of interest.

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   However, I am reasonably happy that my conclusions are reliable as the gap between the tabloids and the broadsheet paper are so wide, that it is highly unlikely that there is a huge fault with my results, other than that there are ways to make it more reliable.


My second hypothesis, which will focus upon style rather than content, is:

A  broadsheet newspaper will be more difficult to read than a tabloid paper.

Method of data collection

For this hypothesis, I have decided to collect data that reveals the amount of syllables per word in articles in the three newspapers, this is because I feel that the amount of syllables is a good way to measure the readability of an article, as the more syllables within a word, the harder the word is to pronounce. Also, it is more likely that a newspaper that uses more complex, stylish, flamboyant language is likely to use words with many syllables as they are associated with complex language.

   However, I can outline now that there are other ways to measure the readability, namely the amount of clauses on average a sentence has, as this can be a good indicator of how difficult something is to read, but in this case I have decided that the measure of calculating data from the amount of syllables within a word is the better one.

   In order to reduce bias, I am going to take an article from each paper, approximately a third of the way in, in order to reach a point at which each paper has individual, unique articles that will not be termed similarly by using certain key words.

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    The Daily Star, in complete contrast to the Independent, provides very little political analysis, nor does it at all cover global events, although far from home they may be of interest to some people, but it is plain to see that the Daily Star is not targeting that audience in the slightest, with a tiny bit of politics, possibly included so they can retain the title of ‘newspaper’ as the rest of the paper rarely contains any actual news, it focuses more on TV and celebrity stories, with a generous amount of sport. This, coupled with the use of simple, monosyllabic language shows that they don’t seem to be aiming towards highly educated people, or even the average person but more towards those with little sense of comprehension and those who may not fully understand the effects that politics and global news may have on their own lives.

   In conclusion, my investigation through two different hypothesise has proven how the content and style of a newspaper compliment each other and attract a specific audience. The style and content varies with the audience they are looking to attract and that a broadsheet will have more politically focused content than a tabloid, whilst using a more sophisticated style. The tabloid aimed at those with less interest in politics, which would often be aimed at those with less education than most, in this case the Daily Star, would contain a lot more television related content and would especially focus upon celebrity news and gossip, whilst using a simple easy to comprehend, often monosyllabic style of language to attract their audience. Whilst another tabloid, which aims itself at the vast majority, in this case the Daily Mail, would use a blend of political and celebrity content, a balance between them, but using a style that is not difficult to comprehend but is not entirely simple nor is it completely ‘dumbed down’.

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