This table compares and contrasts two different newspapers. Try the same exercise yourself with two other papers, using the same headings.
Collect examples of your own to support or contradict the findings of the table.
Are there any other headings you would use?
|Topics||social, political, economic issues||about specific people and their lives|
|Treatment||serious but with some intelligent humour||popular, though sometimes sensational|
|Headlines||small size, long length; many words eg "Freedom for Britons held by guerrillas"||large size, short length; plentiful use of exclamation marks eg "Freed!"|
|Present Tense||often uses present continuous "-ing" eg "5,000 car workers facing loss of jobs"||often omits verbs eg "5000 lost jobs"|
|Descriptions||names often come first, description afterwards eg "Jim Collins, a 24-year-old from Barnsley"||descriptions often come first with the name afterwards eg "34-year-old mother of three Leanne ..."|
|Names||formal, eg "Blair" in headlines, "The Prime Minister" or "Mr Blair" elsewhere||sometimes familiar eg "Tony" or "Premier Tony Blair" elsewhere|
|Vocabulary||formal, words quite long, sentences complex, higher reading level||familiar, words quite short, sentences often simple, usually one sentence per paragraph, common use of cliché and jargon eg "horror", "rap", "probe", "row", "cut"|
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