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Report Based on Research Study on English Newspapers by Ross Saunders I looked at a range of tabloids and broadsheets. I wanted to find out what, exactly, was really inside an English newspaper. To do this accurately, I needed a mathematical formula to work out percentages of different categories within the paper. This formula is: A x B x C D x 100 = Percentage Where: A = the size of the paper B = the number of columns C = the number of pages D = the total number of categories This is what I found out... In English newspapers, there are lots of different categories used to attract a larger audience of readers. This is very effective as different types of news can be shared out into percentages of the newspaper. ...read more.


The sources of news which papers rely on to get stories to publish are places such as: * Reporters * Emergency Services * General Public These sources are needed by newspapers in order to fill the newspapers with interesting, and not-so-interesting news articles. Sometimes newspapers buy "ready-made" news articles from newsgroups that have teams based around the world in every major country \ city. These can be used by newspapers easily and quickly which can be very useful. In the particular paper I studied, there was only 10% total news inside the paper, and over 20% advertising. The large amount of advertising used is because ( I have learned ) that this pays for the newspaper. The profits from just selling the paper aren't enough for the companies to pay what they need to pay, so advertisements are a very effective way of gaining profit. ...read more.


* Copy: the actual text of a story * Advert: advertisements from companies or people * Strapline: a phrase or text which runs across the whole of a page These are in every single newspaper published and are all very important to newspapers. They all help the process of getting papers sold for the company and therefore, are very important in making profit. In conclusion to my report, I suggest that you take the following course of action; 1. Increase the amount of features for younger readers e.g. add more cartoons and games etc... 2. Add some features which more males would be interested in than females e.g. cars, computer games etc... 3. Add some features which more of the female audience would enjoy reading e.g. health, cooking, fitness etc... 4. Add some features which elderly readers would like to read e.g. gardening, knitting etc... 5. Add some games for people, like crosswords. This would make the paper more interesting and interactive. ...read more.

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