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Tabloids And Broadsheets Comparison Essay

The Similarities and Differences Between Tabloid and Broadsheet Newspapers

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The Similarities and Differences Between Tabloid and Broadsheet Newspapers

Newspapers fall into two distinct types, tabloids such as the Sun, Daily Express, Daily Mail and The Mirror, and broadsheets such as the Times, Telegraph and Independent. Tabloid papers focus more on celebrity issues and tend to sensationalise. Broadsheets tend to be more informative, covering more political and international news.

Broadsheets are printed on A2 paper. They have a main story on the left of the cover page, with a photo for another story in the centre of the page. They sometimes have additional stories at the bottom of the page and in a column in the top right. Tabloid papers have a large main headline with…show more content…

Tabloid papers tend to focus on national news stories, only covering foreign stories if they are of major significance, or could affect Britain. They also like to report on celebrities, especially ones that are in the public eye. This is appealing to the target audience, young men and women who want to copy their idols and cant be bothered to have there own political opinion and are usually not bothered with international or political news as they are usually not people from the professional working class.

Tabloid papers tend to be more opinionated than broadsheets, The Sun has a whole page dedicated to its political opinions, and they usually follow a political party, which is usually the Labour party. They also have a habit of sensationalising stories. Broadsheets tend to be more informative and have a wider range of articles that associate with the reader they aim to attract.

The two newspapers I have decided to compare are The Independent (broadsheet) and the Daily Mail (Tabloid). Both newspapers were brought on the same day, which was Monday the 15th December and was the day that Saddam Hussein was captured. As this was a very big story both newspapers have dedicated their front pages on this with a large image or photograph of Saddam Hussein. Images are used in newspapers to add a visual image for the reader

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Comparison of a Broadsheet and Tabloid Newspaper

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Comparison of a Broadsheet and Tabloid Newspaper

On 20th of February 2004, the Times and the Sun introduced the news of the release of five Britons held in Guantanamo Bay as the lead news front page stories. The articles in these two newspapers greatly contrast in various points, including views on the issue, page layout, style of writing and vocabulary used.

The Times is a broadsheet newspaper, generally accepted as mid-conservative, while the Sun has the largest circulation among newspapers distributed in UK and its editorial state tend to swing in symphony of public opinion. Both newspapers are published by the companies of the News International group.

Page design

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Its text is in bold letters and the background of the column is tinted to draw attention. The column has a zoomed-up photograph of one of the five men lying on the ground with a bullet hole in his shoulder. Underneath the photograph, bold letters state ‘Fanatic to end’. At the side of the photograph, a cross head in the main text stand out, saying ‘shot’. Above the photograph, the word, ‘traitors’ in the main title is designed to be associated with this photograph.

The page design of the Times is very different. It is quiet, tidy and boring but designed to make easy for readers to read long texts. Sarif face dominates the whole paper: headlines and main copies both use Sarif face. A one-line headline is laid across the top of the front page, followed by a subheading. The text of 26 paragraphs gives a detail of the subject. Apart from its five Ws, the article explains why the five men have been in X-Ray Camp, how they have been treated there and what is going to happen after their release. A familiar picture of Camp X-Ray, which has led to an international outcry against ill-treatment of captives by the US government, occupies a quarter of the front page. Unlike, the pictures in the Sun newspaper, the picture of Camp X-Ray is descriptive: manacled and blindfolded captives in orange boiler suits are kneeling in a large cage. There is no manipulation with

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