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  1. Commentary: Newspaper Article about possible war with Iraq.

    In this article, I am sometimes asking the reader a rhetorical question. Questions like 'Why would the training be so intense if there wasn't a war?' It seems a bit obvious answer of yes because there were around 150,000 soldiers in the region at the time. As you read throughout, it seems like I ask the readers some question. I ask these questions because I want them to think about certain topics like America. For this topic I asked 'Would you believe them?' when I was referring to America is saying Iraq has weapons of mass destruction.

    • Word count: 785
  2. Comparing the same story in two newspapers.

    It is spread across the width of the page taking up 20% of the pages area and is 'reversed out' against a black background. The typeface sans-serif has been used. Upper case lettering along with good use of the colour yellow is pleasing to the eye, making it possible to draw the reader into the article. The paper is displayed in most outlets showing the full front page. In comparison, the Independent is presented folded, with the upper 50% of the newspaper on display.

    • Word count: 3526
  3. Compare the ways in which two celebrities are represented in the two tabloid newspapers and explain whose interests are served in your chosen report.

    The newspaper has to write articles that interest the public, or the papers will not sell. Andrew Collins' theory is that newspapers often represent celebrities using a "compliance, manipulation and exploitation" sequence with celebrities. This means that as they becomes famous the newspaper back them and make them look as great as they can, then as they become old news they turn on the celebrity and try to represent them in a negative way, thirdly they exploit the celebrities a great deal and will do almost anything to find out secrets about them and splash it across the news.

    • Word count: 1469
  4. An investigation into the difference between male and female orientated magazine articles.

    I also think that the female ones are likely to be themed around love and relationships, areas with which women have classically been known to talk about more, whereas the male ones may be more anecdotal and less serious. From my obvious experience of being a man myself and reading FHM I know that the stories are often about something stupid that has happened to the author of the story, so I expect to find this reflected in the stories that I choose as well.

    • Word count: 3169
  5. This analysis aims to explore the usage and choice of language, the formation and presentation of media, and the target audiences of two newspapers, regarding their approach to the war in Iraq.

    property and what 'our' property is doing or capable of. It will be of some interest to see whether these two articles comply with our expectations, so as to further the depth of the conclusion. One of the most striking differences between these two articles is their layout. Obviously, The Guardian being a broadsheet is far larger, with much more text per page than The Daily Mail. The Daily Mail makes effective use of the 'T-formation', placing its cartoon in the centre of the 'T's head, with its summary to the right, allowing the reader's eye to be taken across the page, almost avoiding the article completely.

    • Word count: 2324
  6. The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman.

    This is also evident in the image of the 'spyglass' this is an older piece of technology and certainly would not be used in modern times. This 'spyglass' appears to have sparks on the front, near the lense. From this you could conclude that the book has somehow magical, mysterious elements to it. So the Olden font and the large image is the focus on the front cover to inform potential readers to the interior of the book.

    • Word count: 539
  7. Compare the ways in which tabloid and broadsheet newspapers present a days front-page news stories.

    The editors of the broadsheet, The Times and The Guardian haven't given the story of PM's wife much priority, although they have given out a section of the front page for the report. The main story in The Guardian is the Neil Hamilton corruption case and in The Times it is also the Hamilton story and the Ken Livingstone article. The whole font page of The Sun is about the PM and his wife, with no other story. The headline takes up nearly half the front page, with a photo that takes up a quarter of the space, showing the proud new parents.

    • Word count: 953
  8. Explain the differences between 'Tabloid' and 'Broadsheet' newspapers.

    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. 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.

    • Word count: 1204
  9. In September 2003, schoolteacher Paul Ellis was jailed for manslaughter after the death of a ten-year-old boy on a school trip. The types of newspaper, which the articles I will be analysing are in, will be the "Daily Express" and the "Sunday Times".

    Then we see the blame shifted this time so we see the school being partly to blame. And then last the way we see that Paul Ellis accepts responsibility. In the "Daily Express" there is an equal balance of fact and opinion this is shown in key points such as: Alistair Webster QC, prosecuting said: "The water temperature later that afternoon was 8C, the temperature of the English Channel in February," Here facts, figures and frame of reference help to prove and make the decision seem particularly unwise. Where as there are also opinions used to highlight the writer's point of view while at the same time influencing the reader's point of view.

    • Word count: 1899
  10. Comparison between tabloid and broadsheet newspapers.

    The Mirror is for female working class, and normally brought mid morning. The Daily Mail, is also a female based newspaper and normally for working to middle class. The Guardian is in between conservative and liberal, it's a middle class newspaper, and it is for both male and female. The Telegraph is a Right wind newspaper and also a middle class newspaper. the Observer is a conservative, however leaning toward liberal, it is a middle class newspaper, and again for both male and female readers. The Independent is a liberal newspaper, and brought by middle class males and females. The best selling newspaper is The Sun with 2,541,787 copies sold a day.

    • Word count: 806
  11. Comparison of a tabloid and broadsheet front page written on September 11th 2002.

    The article could also be aimed at people who do not have enough time to read long broadsheet articles as it could be read quickly on the way to work on a bus when you are in a hurry which can be very convenient. The article is written by Tony Parsons, and could also be aimed at fans of his, as he is a writer who has written many books. In this article Tony Parsons gives only his opinion, which is very biased against the Muslim world, which suggests that it could also be aimed at readers with similar opinions and interests.

    • Word count: 2818
  12. Persuasive speeches.

    However, I found it difficult to write a long enough speech to fit into the word count. I therefore changed my idea to writing a persuasive article and this is my final piece. The genre of this article is to persuade and it is written for an adult audience. The intention; to persuade, is brought across very well as many persuasive techniques are employed. Rhetorical questions, 'How will she live with no food?' are used to make the reader reflect and ask themselves questions. Moreover, facts and figures, '9.5 million...', use of imperative, 'we must....', repetition, reference to expert studies and emotive language are used to persuade the reader further.

    • Word count: 593
  13. The Day That Changed The World.

    As if this was not enough another large plane crashed into one of the pentagon's sides. These horrific incidents put the world in fear especially Europe and those associated with the United States, but it was us the UK that felt under the most threat, we feared the same kamikaze madness being inflicted on our own big apple London. This was to be the day in the media world, that no-longer David Beckham took the front page of the Sun, for all these daily stories were forgotten, from front page to back were riddled with devastating images and stories of those terrorised and injured throughout this devastating affair.

    • Word count: 777
  14. A comparison of the magazine articles by John Pilger and Tony Parsons, analysing the way they appeal to different audiences and the effect of the language on behaviour and opinion.

    The 'New Statesmen� does not have the style of graphics that is present in 'Arena�. It is considered as a more formal magazine and depends much less on sensation compared with 'Arena�. Text for some is difficult to analyse whereas if it is accompanies with illustrations, it sets the tone of the article. Language with gimmicks is fine for all but new statesmen generally promote more depth in thought without the "extras". One could compare arena and the new statesman with a story that one might either see on television or hear on the radio.

    • Word count: 1306
  15. 'Disaster in the Alps' - comparing and analysing how the Times, Mirror and American magazine Newsweek reported a catastrophe that took place five years ago.

    An example of this that stands out is the way in which it reports the victims of the incident. "At least six were German, two Hungarian and two Polish...others believed to be German." We can see here how alluding to the countries of those involved would not only present the facts as do the other two articles but draws special emphasis on the represented countries, pertaining to a broad scope of those affected. We also see the article imbued with a certain anti American perception.

    • Word count: 2766
  16. Compare "Thank God-it's a miracle" and "The light in my darkness".

    Waite the survivor in "The Readers Digest" stays captive 1,763 in a cell. The mental and physical conditions of both survivors are transmitted by the different types of language and style of writing. The styles of writing and language of these two pieces of journalism are very different, mainly because they have different readers. The first article written as a heroic piece of journalism, it glorifies the survival of Tony Bullimore. This is achieved by the writer using words that transmit tension to the reader.

    • Word count: 937
  17. Making And Breaking A Star.

    These details appear in a typical Radio Times article to give the reader all the information that will appear in the article in a way that is easy to find and very accessible. In the top-left hand corner of the page is a picture of the character "Seth," to show the reader who the interview is being associated with in a way that is far more accessible than using words. The picture also gives the reader a brief idea of what sort of an article it is going to be as people commonly associate pictures with other images and develop their own ideas about the person.

    • Word count: 1088
  18. Compare an article from both a tabloid newspaper and a broadsheet newspaper.

    One part of the layout which I find to be very important is the huge bold print, I think that this bold print is included so that it catches any passing eyes; I think that that is also why the picture is there, the picture is so big that you can hardly miss it. The type of person that buys this paper will be very interested in rugby and would enjoy reading the full match report. The layout of the tabloid is very different because it is very small; it just simply has the score in bold print and a

    • Word count: 1763
  19. Taking the image of people jumping from the Twin Towers as your starting point, compare and contrast the media coverage of the events of September 11th as reported in a broadsheet newspaper, a tabloid and the television.

    The newspapers 'The Times' and 'The Mirror' have created forceful, eye-catching headlines. 'The Times' has chosen the headline 'Bloody echoes of Pearl Harbour.' It makes a comparison to Pearl Harbour using the words 'bloody' and 'echoes' at the start saying how violent and dramatic the occurrence was. The headline is unable to be missed as it spans across the top of the page in large, bold font. Directly above the headline the caption 'Terror in America' is printed, which suggests that the event in question has caused a huge panic amongst the citizens of America suggesting its huge scale importance.

    • Word count: 1512
  20. Compare and contrast the three newspaper articles, explaining carefully what you like and dislike about them.

    He is being a good sportsman, saying how Bruno could 'come back again' if he wanted to. It also says 'I said those rippling muscles of his were no good'. This is probably what Frank Witherspoon said before the fight. Before a fight both the fighters would have been insulting the other persons fighting, trying to psyche themselves up and put down their opponents. This is what Witherspoon was saying before the fight, about Bruno's muscles. Now the fight has finished and he has won he is being nice and saying that he didn't mean it. The Guardian also ends on a high note.

    • Word count: 3013
  21. Write an essay, which will draw on theories covered on the module to analyse two different media texts for their construction and representation of ideas, beliefs, values and feelings.

    The magazines The first magazine is primarily aimed at a female audience whose age groups vary from sixteen to twenty-five year olds, however some more mature women have also found this magazine particularly interesting due to its very wide range of contents. The name 'MORE!' suggests and perhaps insinuates the female need for more gossip, and even in more sexual promiscuous terms their need for more satisfaction, within the sheets (or pages to be exact). The tag line also connotes this idea with the phrase 'Smart girls get more!'

    • Word count: 2285
  22. The number of words in a sentence on average in a broadsheet newspaper is more than in a magazine or tabloid newspaper.

    The magazine I will use is Kerrang magazine which is a rock music magazine aimed at 14-25 year olds. I predict that there will be more words per sentence in Kerrang than in a tabloid newspaper but less than in a broadsheet newspaper. To measure sentence length I am going to count the number of words per sentence in 30 sentences per newspaper/magazine. The data will be primary data collected by me. I will take thirty samples from each text because this will allow me to draw accurate conclusions. Some possible problems that could arise are: 1. The journalist who writes the article will have a different style to other journalists and so this will affect sentence length 2.

    • Word count: 973
  23. 'The Children's Society' - Media study.

    Mark's face has oddly distorted features. As with before, this is not to divert or redirect attention to any other aspect, but to transmit a message. His features are distorted. Almost evil. Brooding. They suggest Mark is not threatening; he will pull the trigger if he feels necessary. To take the facial details to a further level and explore them more scrupulously, it could be said that Marks face is distorted, as too is his life. This assumption can be arrived at when viewed in conjunction with the text in the article.

    • Word count: 3430
  24. A critical analysis and evaluation of 'Cruel Intentions', an article on cruelty to domestic pets and livestock, taken from 'Sugar', a magazine for teenagers aged 15-18.

    It is the way it looks that attracts your attention, and helps hold your attention throughout the article. The main title - 'Cruel Intentions' is written in very large letters and in red, a bright colour, which immediately attracts your attention. This title has a double meaning, because although it talks about cruelty meaning cruelty to animals, at the time this article was published, Cruel Intentions was a popular film amongst teenagers. This in itself would attract attention. A title would usually summarise the text, however this title does not. Instead, a subtitle is featured which reads: 'The shameful truth about Britain's pet crimes'.

    • Word count: 1172
  25. Compare the front covers of a tabloid and a broadsheet newspaper.

    The 'Daily Express' layout uses big pictures, big text, colours and used (mostly reds), NIB (news in brief), storm boards, Its eye- catching, Bullet points, lists which make it easier to look at and pick out the bits you want to read, photo stories also help this. Tabloids use a lot more visual techniques to make you want to read it. It also uses a few strap lines which show us either adverts or more information about what other stories are inside the paper.

    • Word count: 1449

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