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Comparison between a broadsheet and a tabloid newspaper

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Comparison between a broadsheet and a tabloid newspaper First of all, newspapers today can be categorised into to sections. These sections are 'broadsheet' and 'tabloid' newspapers. A broadsheet newspaper is very big and long in size. The layout of a broadsheet is formal and has a modest and plain masthead. There is a large amount of copy, which is segregated into seven to eight columns. There are usually three stories on the cover, with the main story getting a big colour photo. On the other hand, a tabloid's size is very small. The layout is informal and bold, there is not so much copy and there are only about four columns on the front page. One or two large colour photos take up most of the room. The mastheads on tabloids all have a large white name with a bright red background. The newspapers that I will be comparing in this essay will be 'THE WELSH MIRROR' and 'THE TIMES' taken from Wednesday, the 5th of December. There are four columns on the mirror, very little copy and only two cover stories; this tells us that the newspaper catches the reader's attention with boldness and colour because very little room is used for the cover story. ...read more.

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The language used in the mirror has the general attitude towards the emotive side of language, and gets readers to think in the same way as the paper portrays it: 'Love Rat cop' (suggesting a bad man.) The opposite of this, is in the times where, although emotive language is normally used, the general sway is to the impersonal side of the language. The mirror tends to have a more opinionated view on stories, whereas the times seems to prefer a more factual outlook on things. The times has nine pages containing home news, this suggests that this newspaper is interested in most foreign news as well as home, because the newspaper contains 10 pages of foreign news. However the mirror has 24 pages dedicated to home news, and only six for foreign. This suggests that the paper isn't much interested in displaying foreign news, maybe its because that their readers are also not interested in the foreign news. It has nothing to do with them. The times contains forty-one photos, whereas the mirror contains no less than sixty-one. This shows that the times is a paper that prefers to get the story across, as 'a story'. ...read more.

Conclusion

But that story isn't in the mirror, this shows that they know that people who read the paper, won't bother reading the story. The style of the times is very formal and impersonal at times; and makes sure it covers areas such as: foreign news, business, and political matters. The newspaper tends to use a necessary amount of photographs and has a lot of copy. As for the mirror, it can be very opinionated, emotive, and chatty. The mirror tends to give more news value to the gossipy side of news and takes up more room for the home news, and only has room for the very public issues within politics. Finally, I shall say about the audience and type of reader that the newspapers cater for. I would say that from my evidence, the mirror approaches citizens with lower-status 'office jobs' and labourers in factories. By printing big pictures, more sport and being written in a chattier manor with entertaining stories they achieve their audience status. But on the other hand the times seems to go for the people with upmarket, higher 'managerial' jobs. They print more business news, and more foreign and political news. Also the newspaper gets written in a much less emotive way, by doing this they also achieve their audience status. By Grant Riley ...read more.

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