A Comparison of Three Newspapers' Articles on the Same Topic

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A Comparison of Three Newspapers' Articles on the Same Topic


In my essay, I shall compare the way in which three news publications,
The Mirror, an example of the popular press, The Times, an example of
the quality press and Newsweek, an American publication reported the
same incident. Using these three reports, I shall compare the
variations and similarities in the amount of factual information
given, the interviews used, the language employed and finally, the
layout and presentation of the various articles.

On the 3rd of February 1998, a U.S. military jet sliced the wire of a
cable car in the Italian ski resort in the Dolomites in Cavalese. This
resulted in the untimely death of 20 tourists and
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The tone is much more factual and is not as colloquial as
popular press. The sentences are usually quite complex; hence the
paragraphs are quite lengthy. The graphics are usually informative
rather than biased or seeking attention. Moreover, in The Times, the
sound effects would usually be limited to puns. Foreign publications,
such as Newsweek, generally contain features of both popular press and
quality press.

The Mirror contained quite a lot of factual information. The article
informed the readership that "20 skiers" "plunged 300ft to their
deaths" after a low-flying American "warplane" "sliced through the
wire of their cable car." Similarly, The Times and Newsweek also
provided this information. The article in The Times stated "Twenty
people fell three hundred feet to their death" when an "American
military aircraft" "sliced the steel wire supporting a cable car
carrying skiers." Like the other two articles, the article in Newsweek
established that a "U.S. fighter jet" had "clipped two cable cars" and
sent a "gondola full of skiers tumbling to the ground." All three
articles also confirmed that there were "twenty" victims. The Mirror
and Newsweek gave more detail about this aspect. The Mirror stated
that the victims were "nine women, 10 men and one child." Newsweek
also stated that the "tourists" originated from "seven European
countries."

All three…

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