Steven Parr analysis - The newspaper report I am analysing was published in the Daily Mail on Wednesday 29th December 1999.

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Alex Paraskeva

Steven Parr analysis

The newspaper report I am analysing was published in the Daily Mail on Wednesday 29th December 1999. It is about a man named Steven Parr who was brutally attacked and beaten by a gang of youths, whilst walking his dog, for trying to be public spirited and stop damage to a phone box which was been vandalised at the time. This newspaper report has used various writing techniques to develop this story into a full-page report.

        To develop the report on Steven Parr the reporter (Ben Taylor) has managed to link the headline with the picture, he has achieved this by writing a headline that catches the reader’s attention, then by placing a three quarter page picture of          Steven Parr in the centre of the report directly underneath the headline, Taylor draws your attention to the brutality of the attack, and creates a certain amount of sympathy towards Steven Parr, which makes you want to read on and find out exactly how Steven Parr got the dreadful injuries which we are shown.

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         The language of the report is also used to influence and shape the readers opinion, this is done through emotive language where certain words manage to stir up readers emotions, for instance the word “thug” which is used in the headline makes you think of the attackers as young violent people. This technique however would be useless if we were not given the sufficient factual information to make us feel extreme anger and shock at what happened, so Taylor has given us enough information about Steven Parr to see he was just a “run of the ...

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