Explain the differences between 'Tabloid' and 'Broadsheet' newspapers.

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Explain the differences between ‘Tabloid’ and ‘Broadsheet’ newspapers

This essay will focus on an examination of the differences between tabloid and broadsheet newspapers. In this essay, I shall use quotes and examples from both tabloid and broadsheet newspapers to illustrate my points.

Firstly, I shall describe the physical appearances in each type of newspaper.

In a typical tabloid newspaper, for example The Mirror, has a banner with a plain and stenciled looking typeface, which is designed to attract the consumers attention into purchasing it, whereas in a typical broadsheet (in this instant, The Times) has a banner with a very intricate design which in some ways resembles which gives it a distinguished look, possibly designed for the attention of the older, more mature reader.

I shall now move on to explain the use of alliteration and large and small titles to illustrate articles in tabloid and broadsheet newspapers.

A typical tabloid newspaper, in this case The Mirror, uses alliteration to create dramatic and sensational titles which are again designed to persuade the reader into reading more on the article. Quote: “CRICKET: CRICKET IN CRISIS…” This tells us that The Mirror is attempting to attract the reader’s attention by having a dramatic title to illustrate its cricket article, by communicating to the reader that cricket as a whole is facing a dilemma, when in actual fact the article relates to the England Cricket Team refusing to play in Zimbabwe due to Robert Mugabe’s regime.

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The title then reads on: “NASSER DEMANDS TO BE SAVED FROM ZIMBABWE HELL…” The title displays informal language, as if to communicate with the less educated reader. The Mirror also refers to Nasser Hussain (the England Cricket Team captain) by his first name, whereas typical broadsheet newspapers would refer to people involved in their articles by their last names in order to sound less informal and more professional; an aspect of broadsheet newspapers which appeals to the more educated reading audience. Quote: “Hussain’s men plead for Zimbabwe boycott” This title, taken from The Times (a broadsheet newspaper) begins with a ...

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