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, as suggested by

Newsweek, led to increasing doubt over America's reputation and

conduct, as well as queries over the regulations of low flying.

The primary differences are that the two British publications, The

Mirror and The Times, contained articles that were published one day

after the disaster, on the 4th February 1998, whereas in Newsweek, the

article was published 13 days, almost two weeks later. This was

because the purpose of the article in Newsweek differed to that of The

Mirror and The Times.

The Times and The Mirror contrast in style and this is accomplished in

numerous ways. For example, The Mirror, a tabloid paper, and a popular

press, include headlines, which are colloquial, emotional and bold.

Its main objective is to describe and narrate in a moving and often

hyperbolic manner. Also, the text is generally short with simple

graphics and subheadings. Furthermore, there is usually use of

alliteration to produce drama ...

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...an publication, Newsweek, downplayed the incident

as many considered it to be America's fault. Therefore, they attempted

to divert the attention away from them by suggesting that the Italians

also regularly participated in low flying, making Italy's complaints

unjustified. Additionally, many Italians interviewed were adamant that

it was carelessness on America's part that caused the incident. The

British articles did not provide many explanations or consider cases,

but at the same time, they were biased, as they suggested that the

incident was a result of America's recklessness, and not linked to

Italian procedures.

All three articles were effective in their own style and considered

various aspects, which the articles could not have done individually.

This all helped in making the articles informative and accessible.

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