Friday 22nd April 2016

The Sun

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 12.29.28Topic of article: Entertainment

Author: Dan Wootton (Associate Editor)

Headline: Purple reign is over

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about the death of music icon Prince on the same day that the Queen celebrated her 90th birthday

Agenda of article: Prince is a renowned singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. His death is a tragedy to many across the world and especially his fans. It is a shock for those in the U.K. as his death comes on the day of the Queen’s 90th birthday. This is further emphasised and symbolised by the background colour of the front page being purple, the colour of royalty and the “generation-defining” hit Purple Rain being used in the headline “Purple reign is over”.

Bias of article: The Sun appears to be factually reporting the death of Prince but do not mention who they sourced for their information other than mentioning “Cops said..”. The article is also outlining the circumstances of his death and that he was “found in a lift” and he “had suffered a severe bout of flu”.

The GuardianScreen Shot 2016-04-22 at 12.45.23

Topic of article: Environment

Author: Peter Walker (News Reporter) and Graham Ruddick (Senior Business Reporter)

Headline: Shock over diesel emissions tests

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about an inquiry into diesel car emission that demonstrated higher nitrogen oxide levels when tested in real conditions than when tested in a laboratory.

Agenda of article: Following the Volkswagen scandal, where the company secretly rigged car emission tests this is rather significant news, that over “50% of all diesel cars on the roads sold from 2010 to 2015” are not in accordance with the limit of emission set by the government. Although The Guardian explicitly and repeatedly state that car companies have not broken any laws as the car models successfully passed tests, it is obvious that the testing of emissions needs to be more stringent and revamped. In light of the Paris Climate Change Agreement at the end of last year, this article demonstrates a setback in reaching the necessary targets.

Bias of article: This is a well balance article. It outlines explicitly how certain cars surpassed the nitrogen oxide emissions by mentioning who carried out the research and exactly how much emission over the limit was produced by the real-world simulations. Representatives of the Department for Transport are also mentioned in the article. Furthermore, the views of officials from car companies were also sought in which they say that “comparisons directly between models was unfair as they were all tested on different days, with varying temperatures and road conditions.

Daily MailScreen Shot 2016-04-22 at 13.29.43

Topic of article: Royal family

Author: Unknown as no article on front page

Headline: Birthday smile that says she’s loving every minute!

Aim of article: No article on the front page. An image of the Queen smiling is displayed.

Agenda of article: The title and image are depicting a smiling queen and it appears to evoke a joyous and happy emotions. The Daily Mail is celebrating the U.K.’s symbolic monarchy with the joyful Queen on its front page

Bias of article: Although there is no article, it is difficult to gauge if the Queen did truly enjoy every minute of her 90th birthday.

The TimesScreen Shot 2016-04-22 at 13.41.11

Topic of article: Politics

Author: Francis Elliott (Political Editor)

Headline: Don’t turn away from EU, Obama tells Britain

Aim of article: The article is informing its readers about Obama’s intervention in the EU referendum and the reaction of those in the Brexit campaign.

Agenda of article: The overall tone of the article appears to be very critical of President Obama and the methods employed by those wanting to remain in the EU. The remain campaign has already involved numerous foreign leaders and this article appears to be portraying that this involvement is not welcome. It does this by over representing the views of the Brexit campaign. The critical reporting of the involvement of world leaders could potentially alienate the public from the government’s stance on remaining in the EU.

Bias of article: It is clear that the article is providing a bigger platform for the views of Iain Duncan Smith and Jacob Rees-Mogg on Obama’s involvement. Although there are quotes from David Cameron, they are not representing a balanced views of Obama’s intervention. Even Gordon Brown’s statement is critical of the remain campaign.

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Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran


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