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Compare and contrast the reporting of the news of the angel of north in the 'Daily telegraph' and the 'GatesheadPost'. Analyse especially the ways in which each article is written for a particular purpose and audience.

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Compare and contrast the reporting of the news of the angel of north in the 'Daily telegraph' and the 'Gateshead Post'. Analyse especially the ways in which each article is written for a particular purpose and audience. The angel of the north is a sculpture which stands at the entrance to Gateshead, and articles have been written about the modern representation of an angel. Anthony Gormly won the competition to erect this statue suitable for the north east area of Gateshead. There are two entirely different structures used to report on this unusual piece of Art. In the daily telegraph, a national broadsheet, presented in the 'Arts' section, there is an extremely eye-catching illustration of the actual sculpture. There are also two headlines, the first answers the question in fairly small writing 'whatever it's meaning, Anthony Gormly's angel is a triumph.' It furthermore gives the name of the journalist, Martin Gayford. Under this, in bold black font, there are two rhetorical questions - 'Is it a bird? IS it a plane?' There is a photograph of the angel in perspective, arms outstretched. She stands upright, a beacon looking over the A1. In the picture the scaffolding is still present. Occupying a mere on third of the page is the text. ...read more.

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However he does not think that was the reason behind the sculptures choice of subject. The writer ends by wondering if it is going to be such a success that other places will want to have such an example of art, but he thinks it is a 'one off'. The Gateshead post begins its article by writing it to the people and appealing to there sense of wonder at the way in which overnight, the amazing 200 ton statue was finally bolted in position in 'just eight hours'. After a slow 'motorway crawl' from its factory, just '35miles' away 'two hours' ahead of schedule. The writer claims that despite controversy 'it was greeted by a crowd of hundreds and thousands of motorists'. He too uses statistics, 'a hefty 100 tonnes was winched in to place in record time taking just 20 minutes.' The journalist then quotes the opinions of Mike Wood the 'contract manager' of the steel firm that for 'four years' had been involved with the angel. He felt it was 'fantastic to finally see it in place'. And said 'things couldn't have gone better' 'and how kind the whether was to us'. The press and thousands of people had been to see the work. ...read more.

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He has written using vivid adjectives to describe the area where the Angel is constructed. 'Swirling traffic', 'rolling green' 'wide sky', these adjectives describe the atmosphere of the area. He refers to 'mythology,' using 'Icarus'. He even compares it to 'touch of Frankenstein's artificial man'. This is an article whose profession is of an art critic. The diction used in the first article of the Gateshead Post (angel on time) is at first statistical. It is a mixture of informative language and simple words. 'Tipping the scales at more than 200 tonnes'. The journalist uses adjectives, but unlike Gayford he uses it to describe the angel rather than the area 'mammoth sculpture'. When the writer quotes what the contract manger says he uses the phrase 'nice to finally crack open the beers', this again shows us, that the writer is appealing to low class readership and local citizens of the north east. Adam Murray's article begins 'after all the hullabaloo' this writing is not very intellectual nor complex and is mainly conversational; the people he has interviewed speak about the 'pros and cons of the project'. Murray uses humour (said by an onlooker) to enhance his article and people shall enjoy reading it more.' it starts to lean in this wind', 'I could market the leaning angel of Gateshead.' The overall impression of the two papers is that the writers know there readership, and use diction that will appeal. Eli rose English course work 1 ...read more.

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