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I will be comparing two newspapers articles with identical story, both of which are subjected on a gay prostitute scandal which claimed the career of Mark Oaten a liberal democrat candidate who was competing for leadership of liberal democrats. I have underlined key information from the articles.
My first newspaper article is a tabloid dated January 23rd 2006 and published by the Daily Mirror, which contains two main pages of the article first of which is the title page portraying at center of the title page a picture of “Disgraced MP Mark Oaten’s Wife Belinda is away on a ski trip” with those words printed at the bottom of the pictures with small font size signifying the location of the picture also why she look very happy and at beside the pictures are the words “Abroad and alone, the loyal wife betrayed by rent boy MP” in large, white, bold letters with black background, this type of wording suggest that that this is one of the main subjects of the article and the newspaper feel sympathy for the wife as it states the words “Abroad and alone, the loyal wife”.
This page of the article uses effective headline as it relates to problem that most people can relate to (human interest) also this suggest that perhaps this article is for adults who are interested in to day-to-day affairs of concerned about the countries political leaders as it uses emotive words that focuses with information relevant to politics and family affairs such as “the loyal wife betrayed by rent boy MP”.
The second part of this article concludes from the title page and focuses in-depth of opinions and facts from the writers. This part of the article is broken up to four main sections, Firstly the article includes the main title “how could he do this his family” that implies this article is based on story and the article is associated with human interest and has strong emotional content. Secondly this part of the article consist of opinions and facts from “James Chapman deputy political editor” focuses on consequences of Mark Oaten’s action towards the liberal democrats the political editor details the “the greatest crisis after mark Oaten quits” for the liberal democrats.
This section of the articles is based on the politics of the story therefore it will interest readers wanting to know about political structure of liberal democrats also the writer does not indicates by the use of words weather or not he is biased against Mark Oaten’s action but just state the facts in this section of the article. Thirdly the article details the opinions and facts from Geoffrey Levy who writes about the impact of Mark Oaten’s behavior towards his family, the writer uses effective headline as he states only the human interest words “Devoted farther and the 80 pounds an hour rent boy” this sentence suggests that perhaps the writer is for the actions of Mark Oaten as some people will argue how can Mark Oaten be a “Devoted farther” and have a “80 pounds an hour rent boy”.
On the article there are two main pictures of Mark Oaten with his wife as a “madly in love” couple this pictures looks like it has been cropped to fit on the paper and shows how happy Mark Oaten and Belinda Oaten was before his “self-destructive behavior” and a picture of there house has also been printed on the articles to show “The family home: Mr Oaten is in hiding, his wife and daughter away”. The last part of this article is written by “Derek Draper” who is clearly against the idea of a gay Political leader as he states, “Why on earth did Mark Oaten engage in such assuredly self-destructive behavior” this suggest that Derek Draper is biased towards Mark Oaten’s actions.
The second newspaper, which is a broadsheet, only consists of one page for Mark Oaten this suggests that the broadsheet believes that its readers are not as much interested on this matter as the readers of the daily mail. The broadsheet has one main title which states “Campbell calls for unity as Oaten rent boy revelation rock party” this suggests that the broadsheet is only interested how this effected the liberal democrat not how it effected Mark Oaten’s family meaning that the broadsheet only writes the political status not emotional status of the story. The broadsheet does not state weather or not it is against the behavior of Mark Oaten but writes the comments of people around Mark Oaten and explains the effects of his actions on the political agenda.
The differences between the two newspaper is that firstly the tabloids (daily mail) although it does include some facts mainly has lots of gossips about what Mark Oaten did and why he did (personality) the tabloid has short articles and lots of pictures and has shorter pages then the broadsheet. Secondly the broadsheet is only interested in the facts and unlike the tabloids does not consist of many pictures or emotional language.
The broadsheet has long and sometimes complex sentences therefore I would expect the main focus for broadsheet is to interest people who like facts and are interested in the truth rather then just a gossip. For the tabloids I would think that it is interested in pictures, short sentences and interesting stories this would suggest that tabloids would interest the younger adult population by using such methods as gossips, sex scandals etc.
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