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• Level: GCSE
• Subject: Maths
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# Tabloid and broadsheet newspapers - For this coursework I am going to find how many words there are in an article.

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Introduction

Method

For this coursework I am going to find how many words there are in an article. I will also find the average word length. I am going to pick two articles from random from a tabloid paper. I am then going to find the same two articles in a broadsheet newspaper. I am going to record the information in a frequency table (tally). From this I can then compare the results and find the mean, median, mode and range. I am then going to record the results in a bar and pie chart; this will show the information more clearly.

Plan

• Write out a method
• Chose two broad sheet and tabloid newspapers
• Chose two articles that can be found in both papers
• Make frequency graphs to show the result
• Plot all the answers in a tally
• Find the mode, median, mean and range
• Plot the frequency in a bar and pie chart
• I will use a line graph to compare the results.
• Write up an evaluation

Prediction

Middle

10+

1111 1111 1

11

Total

504

 Article 2Broadsheet Tally Frequency 1 1111 1111 1111 14 2 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 11 37 3 1111 1111 1111 1111  1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 50 4 1111 1111 1111 1111  1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 64 5 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 111 38 6 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 1 26 7 1111 1111 1111 1111 1111 11 27 8 1111 1111 1111 1111 20 9 1111 1111 11 12 10+ 1111 1111 111 13 Total 301
 Newspaper Frequency Article 1Evening post 892 Article 1Broadsheet 479 Article 2 Evening post 504 Article 2 Broadsheet 301

Mean, Median, Mode and Range

 Article 1 Tabloid Frequency Mean 1 50 50 2 169 338 3 183 549 4 154 616 5 108 540 6 58 348 7 57 399 8 48 384 9 37 333 10+ 28 280 Total 892 3837

Mean

3837 / 892 = 4.30157

= 4.30

Median

28, 37, 48, 50, 57, 58, 108, 154, 169, 183

57 + 58 = 115

115 / 2 = 57.5

= 57.5

Mode

= 3

Range

183 – 28 = 155

= 155

Conclusion

Another way I would improve on the coursework is by doing more articles. I say four articles doesn’t seem to give a fair result as it’s not that many, I think about 8 articles would give a much fair result. I would also use a wider range of newspapers to see if they would give me different results to what I have found. I used “Reading Evening Post” (Tabloid) and “Telegraph” (Broadsheet). I could have used:

• The Sun (tabloid)
• News of the World (tabloid)
• The Star (tabloid)
• Central (tabloid)

I have found out in this coursework that my perdition for word length was right. But I did get my perdition wrong on how many words there are in an article. I predicted that a broadsheet would have more words in it, as it is a bigger sized paper. I was very surprised when I found out that tabloid newspapers have much more words in than a broadsheet paper. I found that a tabloid newspaper had 26% to 30% more words in than a broadsheet.

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