Papers Reviewed: The Sun, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Times
Topic of article: Sport/Crime
Headline: Hit for six
Author(s): Alex West (West of England correspondent); Andy Jehring
Analysis: This article reports on cricketer Ben Stokes’ arrest, following a “brawl” with two men in Bristol, which The Sun has captured on film. The front page shows two images side by side, one an apparent action shot of the “right hook”, the other seemingly showing the aftermath, with one of the two men lying on the ground. Stokes is described repeatedly as a “star”, perhaps to add interest to the story. Stokes’ injuries seem to be slightly exaggerated for dramatic effect, with The Sun reporting a broken finger while elsewhere this is reported as a minor fracture. The front page provides little detail on the incident, and only the reporter’s voice is present.
Topic of article: Domestic politics
Headline: ‘The Tories are hanging on by their fingertips’ – Corbyn
Author(s): Anushka Asthana (Political Editor); Rowena Mason (Political Correspondent); Jessica Elgot (News Reporter)
Analysis: The authors report on Corbyn’s speech at the Labour annual conference. The article features an image of Corbyn confidently pointing to the camera, seeming (literally) to be pointing the finger at May’s government and their failures. The article focuses on the positives of Corbyn’s address, such as the detailed housing proposals, and generally frames the speech in positives terms. Grenfell Tower is mentioned several times, with Corbyn linking the Grenfell Tower incident with “Britain’s failed economic and housing system”. The enthusiasm of the crowd is noted, although the authors are clearly trying not to overstate this – describing the audience as “sometimes rapturous”. Some criticism, predominantly from business groups in response to proposed tax increases, is noted, but no sources are included. Corbyn’s voice features heavily in the article, but May’s voice, described as “spirited” is also included, providing some balance.
The Daily Mail
Topic of article: Domestic affairs
Headline: Now Ryanair cancels Xmas
Author(s): James Salmon (Travel correspondent)
Analysis: This article reports on Ryanair’s decision to cancel 18,000 flights this winter, adding to 2,000 flights already cancelled this autumn. To put the issue in more emotional terms, the winter flights have been reframed as Christmas flights. A quote from a Which? representative is included, which claims that Ryanair has “effectively cancelled Christmas for some of its passengers”. The affected flights were those between London and Scotland, as well as an undisclosed (in this article) number of connecting flights to other European cities. One might think that for these domestic flights, there may well be alternative modes of transport available for many passengers. While the cancelled flights are a clear inconvenience, and may even mean that some are unable to go through with their Christmas plans, it doesn’t seem to necessarily constitute the “chaos” that The Daily Mail claims. Representatives from Ryanair are included only to confirm that they have “messed up” its holiday rosters, which is the cause of the cancelled flights.
Topic of article: Domestic affairs
Headline: Legal storm hits Ryanair over chaos of axed flights
Author(s): Graeme Paton (Travel correspondent)
Analysis: The Times also reported on Ryanair’s flight cancellations, although focused primarily on the possible legal and financial ramifications rather than the impact on customers. It reports that Ryanair may face prosecution over the cancellations, “which could ultimately lead to a multimillion-pound fine”. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) are behind the “legal threats”, and the role of this organisation and their views are given in fairly good detail here. The Which? representative who featured in the Daily Mail’s article crops up again here, although is quoted less extensively. The idea that Ryanair’s actions have “cancelled Christmas” is used, but more moderately. It is noted that, for some, flights with other providers may be available, although these may be more expensive, meaning passengers will lose money or may not be able to afford their trip. Ryanair is briefly quoted in a similar fashion to The Daily Mail, although The Times also include a damning quote from Ryanair’s CEO, O’Leary, who promised last week that there would not be any further cancellations. Missing from both articles are the voices of passengers and pilots (or other airline staff) who might be able to give further insight to the story.
Front page images from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs/the_papers
Reviewed by: Evelyn Jager