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Tabloid and broadsheet analysis.

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English Coursework: Tabloid and broadsheet analysis. Ben Street A7 There are many differences in the way both tabloid and broadsheet newspapers are written. It is these differences that not only set the two papers apart but also changes the type of reader they attract. In my two examples of tabloid and broadsheet newspapers I have concentrated mainly on the layout of one page and one story about a new scholarship scheme about students being 'sponsored' to continue their education. The layout of both my papers is very important. On the tabloid a bold and colourful layout is used with a picture taking up a large part of the page. This pulls in a certain type of audience, by showing large colourful text headlines and pictures with a smaller part for the descriptive and factual text on the story, the paper gives an attractive yet lighter, more general source of news. The layout on my broadsheet on the other hand has a lot longer coverage of the factual and descriptive information on the story. ...read more.

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A reason for the bias, perhaps, could be the scheme that is suggested in the story, which talks of children being sponsored or paid to take a further education. Now many broadsheet readers tend to be quite well-off as they buy the papers to read the part on shares and find out how their businesses are doing, so they will probably have had a very good education, which will probably have been paid for and so will think the new scholarship scheme is a good idea (money being no real object). So my broadsheet puts the bias for the scheme to sell to its audience. My tabloid paper on the other hand puts the bias against the scheme because their readers buy the paper not to hear how their shares are doing because they probably haven't got any, but to hear gossip on celebrities, so they are probably not as well-off and so didn't have such a good education. This may put them against the scheme as they might think too much money is being spent on well-off schools with schemes that often fall through and use money that could be put to better use in schools that don't have as much money. ...read more.

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In the two papers there is also a difference in the style of text used especially in the title. My broadsheet paper has darker text mostly black not so large and a lot more ornate. This type of text conveys a more serious and sophisticated feel. Which coupled with the fact its supplies good factual information on important national and world wide affairs makes it an attractive type of paper for business men and women. My tabloid text is more colourful and bold with the title 'Big News' in bold red letters. This makes the newspaper more eye catching and livens up the story. The complexity of syntax in my broadsheet and tabloid example also differs. In my broadsheet paper the vocabulary range is wider and more advanced, with phases like, 'They informed us' and 'he explained some of the benefits', rather than the tabloids rather more simple, 'he told us'. The reason for this being, as I said before, the broadsheet audience is looking for more depth in the descriptive and factual information in the article. All these aspects of a newspaper help to highlight the subtle and the more clear differences between my tabloid and my broadsheet paper and also the differences between broadsheet and tabloid generally. ...read more.

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