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Analysis of the Sunday Telegraph.

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Analysis of the Sunday Telegraph In the papers today, the main agenda is to do with the Iraqi crisis. It is around us everywhere, on our radios, TV's, papers etc. All of these are to do with the media. The media has become more and more important in life as time has moved on. Most people are able to see what is happening across the other side of the world due to media, and because of this factor, the public get to have much more of a say in what happens in the world. One form of the media is the newspapers. This is a very powerful form of media. This is what I want to analyse, and see how they manage to show and layout the information that the public want. This copy of the March 23rd 2003 issue no. 2,180 Sunday telegraph may give me the answers I require about the news media. First, I think that it would a good idea if one was to analyse the layout of the paper, which is probably the most simple to do so. A definition of layout is, 'How something is arranged'. The masthead (title of the paper) is at the very top of the page. This is a very important part of the front page, as it is advertising itself. ...read more.

Middle

These are added here because they look more attractive, and, as they are not as boring to look at and read as the sans serif. The pictures on the front page are all in colour. I suspect that this too is to catch on lookers eyes. In addition to this, it also makes the paper look more professional. This is because the pictures are of high quality, and that a skilled person must have taken them. Even the advert has some stylistic features worth noting. The fact that the font is sans serif, (without the flicks) gives it a more urgent and important vibe. Although it would look boring if the whole lead story was sans serif, if you use little of it, you can create an urgent and important vibe to it. The saying, 'Less is better' certainly counts here. On the second page, many comparisons can be made with the front page. I will start with the layout of the page. This time, at the top of the page is the page number, the papers web site address, and the masthead, however this time a lot smaller, and lastly the date. These have been put here, but as they are no longer that important, (as they have been stated on the front page already) they are in a very small font. ...read more.

Conclusion

The picture in the middle of the article creates a focal point. This is still towards the top of the page where the article starts, and so the reader is still looking at the beginning of the story. Exactly alike in page two, there is a fact-file. However, this time it has no pictures/diagrams, but instead is just in words. The quotes of the fact-file are not in bold, but the story behind them is in bold. This makes them easier to tell when the quote has ended. At the bottom are two adverts. A column of the article separates them. This could be because people may get confused if the two adverts where directly next to each other or because the companies want there own space on the page. The style of this page is quite plain. It is in black and white and size and bold type are used to vary the lettering. As I have shown, the newspapers can show and present information in many ways. By using different styles, different emotions can be shown. By using different layouts, importance can be seen. As I said before, media is all around us. It allows us to have a say in the world today, and to help us understand the events that we cannot see with our own eyes. The media works on trust, as it is the only thing we have to find out the issues we ourselves cannot experience with our own eyes. Alan Milner 'GCSE Media Coursework' 1 of 4 ...read more.

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