Comparing tabloid and broadsheet newspapers

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20th November 2006

Comparison between Tabloid and Broadsheet Newspapers

In this essay, I am going to compare tabloid newspapers such as the sun and the mirror, to broadsheet newspapers such as the Independent and the Guardian. The way I am going to do this is by analysing the language used in both papers, comment on the political effects they may have, suggest the audience they are aimed at and list the similarities and differences between a tabloid newspaper and a broadsheet.

Firstly, the tabloid newspaper I have chosen is “The Sun” and the broadsheet newspaper I have chosen to compare it to is “The Independent”.

The main difference between these newspapers is that the tabloid (the sun) is four columns wide whereas the broadsheet (the independent) is seven columns wide. This is the main way of telling the difference as the broadsheet is nearly double the size of the tabloid. Another difference between the papers is that the broadsheet does not emphasise the headlines as much. This makes it look more formal which suggests that it is for middle-class people. The tabloid however has huge headlines to catch people’s attention, but it also takes up a lot of space, especially on the front page.

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When looking at the papers, you can immediately see that there is a lot more text on the broadsheet containing several stories, whereas with a tabloid there are generally one main stories and the remaining space is taken up by “fill stories”. These Fill stories are generally humorous and interesting and I think this is why a tabloid newspaper is aimed at a much younger audience possible teenager upwards, whereas I would say that broadsheets are suitable for middle aged to older people. One other feature I noticed on the broadsheet newspaper was that they usually have two or three ...

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