Comparing Two Newspaper Articles
In the tabloid the article about Ritalin is much further back in the
paper at page forty-one unlike in the broadsheet where the same
article is on page nine, In my opinion this could be because in the
eyes of the editor the story on health related issues is not in the
interest of the reader.
The tabloids title is short and is the exaggerated truth, 'Zombie'
drug boost'. The word 'Zombie' is very emotive because it reminds you
of the living dead, it makes you scared of the thought of giving your
child a drug that has such a severe side affects.
'Drug boost' makes the reader think what increase of drugs? What has
happened now? It is a very eye catching title because it is short and
is a negative heading; I think the title has been done like this
because it makes you read on by grabbing your attention even if it is
In the broadsheet the title of the article is more professional and
explains a little bit more about the story than the tabloid. It
informs the reader that a drug for children with behavioural problems
has been approved; the title is also controversial because the reader
assumes there is something wrong with the drug because otherwise it
would not have an article in the newspaper. The title uses the word
'difficult' rather than 'zombie' because it is a less bias article and
it describes the symptoms of the illness being treated.
The sub heading is also is a subordinate clause on the newspaper
articles; on the tabloid the font is bold and large. It is situated
just underneath the title to help with the understanding of the
article; it is read straight after the heading because it has been
strategically placed there to help with the short title, which does
not explain much. Although the sub heading is explanatory it is not a
complex sentence, it does not contain many polysyllabic words.
The broadsheets sub heading is much longer and more detailed, it is
above the title because is it a short summary of the health related
article and it is more informative of the argument raised. It contains
many polysyllabic words (i.e. sanctioning, controversial, criticised
and hyperactive.) because it is aimed at intellectual people and
others interested in the issues pointed out.
Both sub headings include the organisations that are to thank or blame
for the drug increase. The sub headings subtlety makes the reader
think why there has not been a solution to the problem before? Or why
has there been such a problem getting the drug prescribed on the NHS?
There is no photo on the tabloid article, in my opinion this because
the article is small and not seen to be that important by the
The broadsheet has a large photo just by the side of the title in the
centre of the page. The photo focus' on Tony Bilbow and...