Wednesday November 2nd, 2016

Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times

The Sunsun

Topic of article: Royals, Entertainment

Headline: Princess Pushy

Authors: James Beal (US Reporter), Emily Andrews (Royal Correspondent), Hugo Daniel (US Freelance Journalist)

Aim of the article: Discuss the character of the rumoured new girlfriend of Prince Harry

Agenda of the article: The article opens with a picture of the supposed woman, wearing a skimpy dress and smiling seductively at the reader. This ensures attention is grabbed as the person walks past. Along with a picture of Prince Harry, perhaps one of the more likeable royals to the public, the front page and article are designed to get attention. The content of the report goes on to imply that there is a very specific character set which one needs in order to be a member of the royal family and that according to this woman’s sister she does not have it. The paper is obviously of the opinion that Harry’s new girlfriend is not acceptable and it goes to great lengths to convince its readers of this, calling her a ‘social climber’ and ‘pushy diva’.

Bias of the article: There is no space for quotes or response from the woman involved, or from Prince Harry, while the source of the character assessment is merely her sister, potentially not the most reliable. The article is essentially an opinion piece by the Sun and a lack of referenced facts speaks to this.

The Guardianguardian

Topic of article: Society

Headline: Ethnic divide in British cities grows rapidly

Authors: Anushka Asthana (Political Editor), Nazzia Parveen (North of England Correspondent)

Aim of the article: Inform the readers about a recent report regarding changing demographics of Britain

Agenda of the article: The article is attempting to warn its readers and the public about growing racial divides within the UK, not only through the more recent and well known events of Brexit and an increase in the prevalence of racial hate-crime, but also through the more insidious effects of reduced community diversity or cohesion in areas of the country. The use of statistics taken from the report help to provide readers with an ability to compare the data more easily and a more visual method in interpreting and understanding the information. And while the article does not link this growing divide with recent events there is certainly a sense of acknowledged comparison and warning, as the body of the article is placed alongside a full page picture of the Brexit prime minister, Theresa May.

Bias of the article: The Guardian was a heavily pro-remain paper and remains left wing, so reporting a story such as this certainly fits its narrative. However, there is no denying the statistics quoted, which are referenced from the report and quotes from an author of the report. It is interesting as well to have additional stories about people directly involved in these sentiments, although quotes from them would have possibly allowed a deeper understanding of some of the issues.

The Daily Mailmail

Topic of article: Crime

Headline: Madness!

Author(s): Andrew Levy (Jornalist), Vanessa Allen (Journalist)

Aim of the article: Alert the reader to the prevalence of foreign lorry drivers who use their phones while driving on the highway

Agenda of the article: The single word headline grabs attention like someone yelling at you and the mug-shot esque photos above it definitely create interest as well, acting as a wall of shame for the accused truckers. With the recent conviction of a lorry driver for causing the death of four people due to using a phone while driving, the media and public are perhaps rightly asking about how well laws against using electronics while driving are being policed. However this article takes this one step further and attempts to lay the blame at the feet of foreign drivers. The fact that the lorry driver was foreign seems to have little to do with a criminal conviction but by intertwining the two aspects of the story the paper creates a very powerful message. The line ‘the law must be toughened’ gathers a sense of ambiguity – are they proposing the laws on phones be changed, or the laws against foreigners entering the country?

Bias of the article: The article adopts a strong anti-foreigner tone and lacks a balanced discussion of the perils of using a phone while driving, nor does it discuss the current laws in place to guard against this. There is no report on the court case and its findings, while quotes from police and lorry drivers would have allowed for an interesting take on the issues at hand.

The Timestime

Topic of article: American Politics

Headline: Trump in the lead as race enters final week

Authors: Rhys Blakely (Washington Reporter)

Aim of the article: Report a recent poll that places Donald Trump ahead of Hilary Clinton in the American presidential race

Agenda of the article: The article seems to say that Donald Trump is ‘winning’ the race to the White House in its headline but as one reads on this is found to be slightly more balanced. Of course the American election has gained massive interest in the UK due to the parties involved and this is certainly a headline that will sell but when Trump is one point ahead of Clinton, in one poll, and these results have even been admitted by the poll to be within it’s own boundary of error the use of such claims seems hardly justified. The article speaks of ‘panic among democrats’, giving the impression of widespread fear and disorder among the party. The language used is intentional, with the hope of creating further interest and excitement about the election. The use of multiple polls placed throughout areas of the country and different points during the election does help to create quite an effective kind of time line of Clinton and Trumps relative success within the race.

Bias of the article: The article places heavy emphasis on reporting the problems currently being experienced within the Clinton campaign, and neglects to mention the previous allegations against Trump, giving the information a rather one-sided view. Additionally there are no quotes from members of the respective parties regarding the polls results so we are left unaware of how they are interpreting the numbers.

Front page images from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs/the_papers

Reviewed by: Sam Hewitt

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