Friday 19th February 2016

Newspapers reviewed: The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Times

The SunScreen Shot 2016-02-19 at 15.17.00

Topic of article: Showbiz

Author: Dan Wootton (head of showbiz)

Title: The Grimmy Reaper

Aim of article: The aim of the article is to inform the public that Nick Grimshaw and Caroline Flack, a judge on the X-factor panel and the presenter of the show, are leaving their position respectively. This is Simon Cowell’s decision. It also mentions how Nick Grims
haw has had a difficult debut year on the show.

Agenda of article: It seems that this article is chosen to be on the front page because X-factor has traditionally been a very popular Saturday night show with a high number of viewers but is currently struggling and facing competition from other shows, most notably Strictly Come Dancing on BBC1. Simon Cowell is also a popular but a controversial individual in showbiz and the combination of the struggling show and his decision to axe is probably attractive news to The Sun’s readership

Bias of the article: Although the article is simply stating the sacking of Nick Grimshaw and Caroline Flack, the language it uses to to refer to Simon Cowell (The grimmy reaper) and Nick Grimshaw (Grimmy) can be seen as distasteful and such language can put into question the reliability and validity of the article.

Daily MailScreen Shot 2016-02-19 at 15.17.15

Topic of article: Politics

Author: James Slack (political editor in Brussels)

Title: Face that says it all. Shambles as embattled PM’s deal is watered down – and Euro MPs threaten to kill it off

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about Cameron’s EU negotiations taking place in Brussels. It mentions that the negotiations haven’t been as fruitful and Britain’s demands may have to be watered down.

Agenda of article: Essentially, the article is trying to further emphasise that the EU deal the prime minister is trying to achieve is being threatened, perhaps further undermining David Cameron and his abilities to come to an agreement that is beneficial for Britain. The Daily Mail’s stance on the EU referendum is clear and this article is giving the impression to its readers that the deal Cameron will make with the EU will not be good enough.

Bias of the article: There is only one side to this article and that is what Cameron hasn’t been able to achieve in these negotiation
s. There is no mention of any positives, if any, to take from the meeting in Brussels. The article is making the rest of Europe sound quite harsh and unreasonable and it is difficult to know and understand if there is any truth behind that.

GuardianScreen Shot 2016-02-19 at 13.45.53

Topic of article: Politics

Author: Ian Traynor, Nicholas Watt, Jennifer Rankin (Brussels)

Title: Cameron has ‘one chance to strike EU deal’

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about the circumstances of the EU negotiations and about Cameron trying to get a better deal for Britain. It mentions that European leaders will not give him a second chance if an agreement was not reached, however, Cameron is prepared to walk away from the summit without a deal. The article also gives the views of Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande.

Agenda of article: The article is trying to tell its readers about the unresolved issues at the all-night summit in Brussels. This was chosen to be front page news because of the importance of what kind of deal, if any, Cameron will be able to bring back to the people of Britain and the important consequence this will have in the EU referendum.

Bias of the article: The article uses several sources including
sources from No 10, the chancellor of Germany and the French president. Their views on the negotiations and their attitude towards Britain and its EU membership are known.

The TimesScreen Shot 2016-02-19 at 15.16.35

Topic of article: Politics

Author: Francis Elliott (political editor), Bruno Waterfield, David Charter (Brussels)

Title: This is your last chance, EU leaders tell Britain

Aim of article: The Times is informing its readers about what the EU leaders and David Cameron are expecting from these negotiations and how talks about Britain’s EU membership will not re-open. The obstacles that Cameron face are also outlined.

Agenda of article: This is the third paper analysed today which has the EU negotiations on its front page, which signifies the importance of the outcome of these negotiations to its readers and to the public in general. The article mentions the ultimatum given to Camer
on and how that might be seen as bullying by anti-EU campaigners.

Bias of the article: There doesn’t seem to be any mention of the positives of the negotiations in Brussels but that could be because there are none. The article has an apprehensive tone to the EU neg
otiations and its potential outcome.


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Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran


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