How do newspapers present the news? Compare the front page of two newspapers published on the same day.

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Ryan Osborn                04/05/2007

How do newspapers present the news?  Compare the front page of two newspapers published on the same day.

Firstly I am going to look at The Sun.  It was published on Thursday, 11th September 2003.  It has a big splash headline saying BACK ON 9/11. Without a sub heading and an image this headline doesn’t mean much, which makes the reader look down and start to read the article to find out what it’s about.  It takes up about half the page and leaves very little space for the rest of the story, which is why it is carried on later in the paper.

There are only two stories on the first page; the main story is about some video footage on Osama Bin Laden praising ‘brave terrorists’.  The other is about J-Lo and Ben Affleck’s wedding being called off.  There is a cross-reference for both of these stories so that the story can be carried on inside the newspaper.

There is one image per story.  The image of J-Lo and Ben Affleck shows them looking happy together before they broke up.  I think this image was chosen because it is a good picture for showing people how happy they were before they broke up.  The image for the Osama Bin Laden story shows him at his hideout ‘praising brave terrorists’.

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I think that both of these images are effective because when people see them, they want to find out more, and read the story.  The picture of Osama Bin Laden, I think, is especially effective.  I think this is because everyone wants him to be caught, and when they see a picture of him, they read the story to see what has happened.

The caption on the picture of Osama Bin Laden really sums up the image.  Without the caption, the image doesn’t tell you very much, it just shows him in some unknown place, and you can’t ...

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