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A Detailed Comparison Between Tabloid and Broadsheet Newspapers.

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A Detailed Comparison Between Tabloid and Broadsheet Newspapers The Sun and Telegraph, both support the conservative party but are very different. These papers have been chosen because they are representatives of stereotypical broadsheets and tabloids and are both best sellers, but both have similarities and differences. Rupert Murdoch owns the Sun, and Hollinger International owns The Telegraph. A tabloid paper is two A4 sheets wide and the name tabloid comes from the French word tablet, reflecting the size of the paper. A broadsheet paper is an A2 sheet folded in half, with the word broadsheet meaning as it says, a large sheet. Tabloid and broadsheets do not really compete against each other as they are targeted at different audiences, and are both designed in different ways to compete in different categories. Many people believe that the broadsheet is aimed at middle to upper class people with higher intellect, whereas the tabloid is aimed at the working class people. Each paper gives the desired audience what is believed what they want; this is why they are the best sellers. ...read more.

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Headlines are also the main focus alongside the pictures; the paper then carries a small amount of text containing the minimal facts. The Telegraph, however, is the complete opposite, featuring only important photographs, minor headlines with a vast amount of text. The stories go into depth and carry hard news, whereas in The Sun they are shorter and not so detailed. There is also a larger font size featured in The Sun, than in The Telegraph. An attribute of The Telegraph is that it has far more articles than The Sun. The Telegraph has almost double the amount of news coverage than The Sun, whereas The Sun contains almost twenty pages of celebrity/ gossip articles with The Telegraph only featuring one or two. This is why tabloids are perceived as "gutter press" and the broadsheet known as the "quality press" for the business and sophisticated. The Telegraph is also renowned for its outstanding sports coverage. There is something on most cultural aspects of life featured in The Telegraph containing subjects covered are from fashion to theatre, whereas in The Sun they are more bias towards celebrity and gossip stories. ...read more.

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From this detailed analysis it has shown the number of differences between the broadsheet and tabloid, but also the few similarities there are. I think overall The Sun is for more sex craving young men, whilst the generally older more sophisticated businessmen and women opt for the more intellectual Telegraph broadsheet. The young men that choose The Sun find it titillating to read about female celebrities, and women in general usually posing with minimal clothing. These photographs and stories often do not to the middle to upper classes finding them to be incongruous or tedious drivel. This I agree with. The stories in The Sun seem like it has been written by no more than a child, simple and unsophisticated. Whereas The Telegraph, written by the true English gentlemen and women. Their stories are sophisticated and contain real stories without any simple drivel. Therefore I would much more desire The Telegraph as a good read rather than The Sun, which I do not find compelling or interesting. The Telegraph signifies the proper news and sophisticated language, which the readers of higher intellect are bound to admire. Daniel Sibley ...read more.

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