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# &quot;THE TABLOID VERSUS THE BROADSHEET&quot;AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE EDITORIAL AND PICTORAL CONTENT OF THE DAILY MAIL AND THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPERS

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"THE TABLOID VERSUS THE BROADSHEET" AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE EDITORIAL AND PICTORAL CONTENT OF THE DAILY MAIL AND THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPERS 1. INTRODUCTION British newspapers fall loosely into two categories the tabloid (which is half the size of a broadsheet) and the broadsheet itself, with tabloid newspapers tending to be quite different from broadsheets in style and content as well as in size. The so-called intelligent media represented by the Independent and the Guardian seem to present problems to their readers and say 'here is an article, judge for yourself from the information and the informed journalists that we offer. Commentators such as the art critic Brian Sewell stated "opinion, as expressed by a rag is worthless" with Mark Thompson the Director of BBC Television, commenting "I think people use the media in quite sophisticated ways. They might read a tabloid newspaper for fun but it doesn't mean they believe everything in it is true." If you look on a news-stand the British national newspapers can be roughly divided as follows:- Broadsheet Tabloid The Guardian The Daily Mail The Independent The Express The Financial Times The Star The Telegraph The Sun The Times The Mirror The table shown above illustrates an example of a stratified sample. ...read more.

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To achieve this each of the broadsheet and tabloid newspapers were given a number between one and five. A dice was then thrown by a third-party and the number that the dice landed on was noted. This number was then cross-referenced with the numbers allocated to each of the papers and the relevant papers were then selected and purchased.. To begin the investigation three articles were chosen that covered the front page lead of each paper, as well as a story which covered the subjects of finance and sport. Each of the articles was required to be purely text based and contain a minimum of three hundred words each. Any identified nouns with a capital letter and hyphenated words were ignored, as well as words that had one, two or three letters as these occur in all text as joining words. The next step was to identify every third word and the number of letters it contained. This exercise was continued until one hundred words and their corresponding letters had been identified with the results completed in the frequency tables, which are shown in Section 4 - Data Collection. ...read more.

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Frequency (F) Letter x Frequency 4 26 104 5 19 95 6 11 66 7 14 98 8 11 88 9 9 81 10 5 50 11 1 11 12 1 12 13 2 26 14 1 14 TOTALS 100 645 Mode: 4 Letters Mean: 6.45 Median: Range: 10 5.2 HYPOTHESIS ONE DATA COLLECTION - AGGREGATED TABLES TABLOID TOTAL Letter (L) Frequency (F) Letter x Frequency 4 122 488 5 60 300 6 34 204 7 21 147 8 31 248 9 17 153 10 9 90 11 5 55 12 1 12 TOTALS 300 1697 Mode: 4 Letters Mean: 5.7 Median: Range: 8 BROADSHEET TOTAL Letter (L) Frequency (F) Letter x Frequency 4 83 332 5 52 260 6 39 234 7 38 266 8 35 280 9 23 207 10 15 150 11 7 77 12 5 60 13 2 26 14 1 14 TOTALS 300 1906 Mode: 4 Letters Mean: Median: Range: The Mode of the Aggregated Tables - Bar Chart X ?? ?? ?? ?? GCSE MATHS - DATA HANDLING COURSEWORK Submitted By Sue Allan-Hooks February 2005 1 ...read more.

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