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Comparing articles from two newspapers on the same subject.

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23rd Oct 2001 Media Assignment By Patrick Brosnan I have chosen two articles about the same story from two contrasting newspapers, one a tabloid and one a broadsheet. The tabloid I have chosen is The Mirror and the broadsheet is The Times. Both articles are taken from the papers of Tuesday 22nd October 2001. They cover the story about the outbreak of Anthrax in Washington DC where two postal workers died. I think the Mirror is aimed at people who do not want to read the news in great detail and just want to know the essential facts. I think this because of the language used, sensational headlines and startling pictures. The Times on the other hand tends to present the facts in a more informative way being geared towards people who are willing to spend a lot more time reading the articles. ...read more.

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Other reasons why it is not as intimidating is that it is written in a much smaller font and is not in capitals. This headline is more informative to the reader than the one in The Mirror. It tells you where the story happened and that it was only an alert. Along with the abnormally large headline, the article in The Mirror also has a photograph of the postal workers at a hospital in Washington waiting to have anthrax tests. The article also has three major bullet points on the story. These plus the headline and the photograph make up approximately 80% of the article. This shows that there is not much writing on the story. However in The Times most of the article is writing. The bullet points in The Mirror's article are very useful to a person who just scans the newspapers. ...read more.

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Conversely The Times reads "...officials announced that two more fatalities were "highly suspicious" and confirmed another case of the inhaled form of the disease." The Times uses the word "disease" while The Mirror says "bug" The Mirror in paragraph five quotes the US Surgeon General David Satcher as having said that it was highly probable that the two deaths were caused by inhaled anthrax and that he said "Obviously we're very concerned." The Times in paragraph four quotes Dr Ian Walks, the city's chief health officer as having said that after three weeks of scares the concern over bio-terrorism had suddenly entered a more ominous phase. This again shows that The Times uses more sophisticated vocabulary than The Mirror. In conclusion presentation and style are important aspects of both broadsheet and tabloid newspapers. Tabloids use sensational headlines and photographs to attract their audience, whereas the broadsheet newspapers rely on factually sound and detailed content to satisfy their readers. Tabloids often present their audience with a particular conclusion. On the other hand broadsheets leave their audience to make an informed judgement. ...read more.

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