Recently the numbers of piracy acts in the Somali waters and even farther, in the international waters, have increased, culminating with the latest news of four americans killed on a yacht hijacked by the Somali pirates.The two articles presenting the news are Four Americans Killed on Yacht Hijacked by Somali Pirates from Fox News and Pirates Brutally End Yachting Dream from The New York Times, the latter authored by Adam Nagourney and Jeffrey Gettleman. While the main topic is the killing of four americans by Somali pirates, both The New York Times and Fox News crafted their stories very differently through their writing style, use of language and perspective on the incident.
Beginning with the articles’ titles, one can notice the differences. The title from Fox News is straight-forward, informing the reader what the news is about; if I would be an impatient reader, I could very well not read the article and still understand what is the subject. Whereas, the title from New York Times is different: it’s only hinting at the subject of the news, making me intrigued, pulling me to read more. It is very important to notice this contrast: The Fox News article being detailed and to the point, while The New York times has more of a literary style.
The article in Fox News informs us there were 19 pirates involved in this hijacking, which is a lot when you take in consideration this was just a yacht with four people on board. The article takes us on a chronological trip through the hijacking from the moment the yacht has been captured till the 8:00 AM that last morning when one of the hijackers tried to shoot a rocket-propelled grenade at the USS Sterett and missed. After delivering the most official part of the news that included the military report and the official stand of the White House, the article moves abruptly to a more personal take on the couple’s life. So we find that the Adams, a couple from California, were retired and lived their dream to travel the world and spread the word of God by distributing Bibles to schools and churches. The Adams were participating in a yacht race, but they left the rally on their own to chart an independent course.
The New York Times article starts off with a personal take on the couple, Mr and Mrs. Adams and informs us that Mr. Adam received a master’s of divinity as well as a master’s of theology, but was also very concerned about his safety and attended a security course; we also find that Mrs. Adam was battling intense bouts of seasickness. They follow all their personal data with bits of interviews from the people who knew them personally. Even though the article presents, in the second part, a more official stand, the language used still makes it seem like a personal account of the news. The authors even try to make light of the psychological turmoil which the pirates were probably experiencing.
The article from Fox News has an informative writing style using a lot of data and details about the...