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A Comparison Of Two Newspaper Articles

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A Comparison of Two Newspaper Articles In this essay I will be comparing two articles taken from local
newspapers in different areas. I will be looking at the techniques
used in each article and their effectiveness. I will use this
comparison to eventually decide which article is the more effective of
the two.

The two headlines from the articles are quite different. 'Inches from
tragedy' is a large, bold headline written in a way that makes you
want to see what the headline is talking about, as it sounds serious.
'Firemen free bathroom tot' on the other hand is quite small for a
headline and only really uses one emotive word, free, making it sound
like the child was imprisoned, which is worse than what actually
happened. I think that 'Inches from tragedy' is the more effective of
the two headlines because it grabs the readers attention and uses a
lot of emotive language in such a short space to make the reader carry
on reading.

The language used in these articles is quite emotive in both cases.
Both articles use exaggeration to tell you what they are trying to
say. This is especially evident from quotes like "escaped death by
inches" and "impossible for him to get out" as they are telling the
truth about the events that occurred in each case, but are blatantly
over-emotive to make the article more interesting. The firemen free
bathroom tot article especially exagerrates the situation as it makes
a toddler stuck in a bathroom sound like a major rescue attempt,
whereas the other article Inches from tragedy features a very serious
situation anyway. I think that both articles use emotive language very
well, and that they are equally good at getting there point across
through using language.

Both of the articles feature one long, main interview and one shorter
interview towards the end of the article. The interviews have been
included in each case to give the reader an account of the events in
the article from one of the people involved. This is a good idea as
people who were actually involved in the events of the article will be
able to give more information on what actually happened, and will
probably know things that no-one else does. Having interviews also
makes the reader sympathise with the people involved, especially if it
is coming from one of the people mentioned in the main first paragraph
of the article. The people who put together the articles must make
sure that everything they include in the interviews is relevant and
that they are not too long. I think that the article that uses
interviews and quotes better is probably Inches from tragedy, because
all the information given is relevant...

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