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A Comparison Between The Two Separate Types Of Newspaper, Tabloid And Broadsheet

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A Comparison Between the Two Separate Types of Newspaper, Tabloid and Broadsheet
In this investigation, I shall initially create a hypothesis. My
hypothesis will be relevant to the content of a tabloid newspaper in
comparison to a broadsheet. I shall firstly decide what type of data
to collect, which will depend on which data is relevant to my
hypothesis. I will then decide how much data to collect to obtain an
accurate outlook and answer to the hypothesis. I will need to decide
how I shall choose my sample to make a fair comparison of the two
newspapers. The data will then be recorded in a table, and then in a
graph that is relevant to the average and range required to answer the
hypothesis.

Hypothesis:

Which paper is easier to read, the tabloid, or the broadsheet?

My hypothesis is – I think that the tabloid is easier to read than the
broadsheet. By investigating the three main factors affecting how easy
or difficult the paper is to read, the average and spread of the data
may help identify how easy or hard it is to read. When investigating
the number of letters in the words of the articles, I think that the
tabloid will have the lower average and range, as less word length
variation and shorter words would make it easier to read. When
measuring how many words are in each sentence I think that the tabloid
would have a lower average and range, as this would also make the
tabloid easier to read. When timing how long it takes to read the
articles, I think the tabloid will have the lower average, as the
paper that is easier to read may take less time to read. Also, the
tabloid would have the lower range, as the samples are all from
different people. If the range was lower, then the consistency of the
times would be greater indicating that the paper would be easier to
read.

Plan / Methodology :

Firstly, I will need to collect the relevant data. I will count the
letters of 50 words at the start of an article in each paper that
covers the same story. I will choose my sample by choosing the first
articles in each that match up with the same story and of at least 50
words each. Choosing an article with the same story from each paper is
a fair comparison as the type of story can effect how easy it is to
read e.g. sports compared to politics – politics is usually harder to
read as it often has longer, more complicated words, longer sentences
etc.

Then I shall count the number of words in the first 30 sentences,
moving to the adjacent article if the initial article has less than 30
sentences. The two articles cover the same stories to make it a fair
investigation (as explained previously).

Also, I shall take a story from each paper and present the stories to
30 year 11 students. They...

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