Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times
Topic of article: Showbiz
Headline: Bake off’s Leithal weapon
Author(s): Simon Boyle
Analysis: The Sun is informing its reader about Prue Leith, a restaurateur, writer and food campaigner, replacing Mary Berry as a judge on The Great British Bake Off TV show. The Sun appears to be happy about the new judge replacing Mary Berry and uses flattering words to describe her, such as “Queen” and quoting “she’s practically royalty” in cookery circles. Although The Great British Bake Off is a popular show, it is still quite baffling to see what The Sun chooses as its front page headline.
Topic of article: Politics
Headline: British expats face backlash over May’s Brexit approach
Author(s): Daniel Boffey (Brussels)
Analysis: The Guardian is informing its readers about a leaked document from the European parliament which demonstrates there will be a ‘backlash’ on British immigrants in the EU over the treatment of EU nationals in the U.K. It appears as if the EU is annoyed at May’s treatment of EU nationals in the U.K. as the government is refusing to offer any commitment to EU nationals despite a significant increase in permanent residency applications. The article does not offer any quotes from Number 10 but has displayed the opposition’s leaders view on the matter. Although May is being criticised for this approach, the author does not suggest possible justification for this.
The Daily Mail
Topic of article: Crime
Headline: Murderer who got away
Author(s): Not stated on front page
Analysis: The Daily Mail is informing its readers about a ‘murderer’ who is not in prison and ‘got away’ from a crime he apparently committed. The author states that 20 years ago, the Daily Mail “accused five men of murdering Stephen Lawrence” and one of those five man is apparently walking the streets where he committed his crime. The headline’s font is very big and attention grabbing, the picture of the man they are talking about is also on the front page. The front page does not elaborate or suggest why he has not been convicted and it begs the question as to whether it is really fair of the Daily Mail to place his picture on the front page if he has not been convicted. Although more on this can be read inside the newspaper, the headline is very dramatic and evokes an emotional response.
Topic of article: Environment
Headline: Commuters warned of new air pollution risk
Author(s): Ben Webster (Environment editor)
Analysis: The Times is informing its authors about a new study which shows that those commuting to work via public transport are exposed to more air pollution than those who commute by car. The author provides an impression that commuters using public transport are unfairly being exposed to more air pollution despite producing less than those who commute by car. The report goes further to say that people in poorer areas, who are more reliant on buses suffer greater exposure than their wealthier counterparts who commute by car. Although it is outlined that the mayor of London is introducing a £10 daily charge for diesel cars to tackle the problem, the overall sense of injustice created by the article may lead commuters to travel by car (therefore exacerbating the problem) to avoid greater exposure to air pollution.
Front page images from: http://en.kiosko.net/uk/
Reviewed by: Bruno Gnaneswaran