A comparison between how broadsheet and tabloid newspapers convey the same story
I have chosen to compare a story from The Times as my broadsheet paper and The Sun as the Tabloid. The story is primarily about a man who had raped his two daughters several times.
In The Times, the headline said ‘How two girls were trapped by shame, fear and the love of their own children’. The Broadsheet focuses on sympathizing for the girls, giving all information they have in a straightforward way and getting the story through rather than trying to get attention or exaggerating the story, as they did in the tabloid paper, The Sun. The headline was ’25 life terms for Brit Fritzl who raped his two daughters 1,000 times’. The numbers stand out and make the story seem more shocking. 1,000 is a very big number and it makes any audience shocked to see such a big number in a headline. As this is a tabloid, you never know, the number might have been altered. But that is not the first thing that comes to mind when you see such a headline. You would want to read more about it. In the Broadsheet, the man who raped his two daughters is referred to as ‘Mr X’, as his family do not want to be recognized in public, and it is also against the law to identify names for a story about sexual abuse. But in the Tabloid they avoid needing to use a name as a reference.
In the tabloid, the man is compared with a well-known Austrian person named Fritzl who just like ‘Mr x’ had raped his daughter then imprisoned her. This is very typical of a tabloid paper to make comparisons and also use informal language such as ‘Brit’. The language in the tabloid is much more easy to understand, and it is quite informal and simple. It is the sort of language you would use everyday, unlike in the broadsheet where they use much more formal language, as it is aimed at this sort of audience. You might find Prince Charles reading a broadsheet paper rather than a tabloid. The tabloid paper tries to grab as many people’s attention as possible, therefore exaggerating the story to make it sound more interesting. It uses lots of pictures, and you could hardly find a story in a tabloid without a picture for it. In this story, they have used a picture of Josef Fritzl and also a picture of the judge, as they were not allowed pictures of ‘Mr X’ himself or even his family. In the Broadsheet, they don’t use any pictures at all as the type of audience they are aiming for are not interested in seeing pictures, they rather have more information.
Tabloid papers focus more on stories to do with celebrities, gossip, music and entertainment, whereas broadsheet papers focus more on hares, market, business and politics. Broadsheet papers have a higher level of language and use a serious tone, unlike the tabloid where they use a careless blasé tone, or an excited one. They also report stories in more depth, and have a twice the size of tabloids, even though the font size is the same. Some examples of...