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Broadsheets vs. Tabloids: neutrality vs. sensationalism

Miguel Ángel Benítez Castro El Inglés de la Publicidad y la Prensa MIVCI

Broadsheets vs. Tabloids: neutrality vs. sensationalism

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Introduction............................................................................................................... 3 Introduction to the British press................................................................................ 3 2.1 Broadsheets vs. tabloids.................................................................................... 3 2.2 The language of broadsheets vs. the language of tabloids................................ 4 3. Analysis of news stories ........................................................................................... 5 3.1 Cigarettes to be sold under shop counters (24th March 2008) .......................... 6 3.1.1 Analysis of headlines ................................................................................ 6 3.1.2 Analysis of news reports........................................................................... 6 3.2 Corinne Bailey Rae's husband found dead from suspected drugs overdose (24th March 2008) ........................................................................................................ 9 3.2.1 Analysis of headlines ................................................................................ 9 3.2.2 Analysis of news reports......................................................................... 10 3.3 Prince Harry aborts Afghan mission after web leak (29th February 2008)... 13 3.3.1 Analysis of headlines .............................................................................. 13 3.3.2 Analysis of news reports......................................................................... 13 4. War propaganda in 21st century Britain: prince Harry, a national hero or a war phoney? ........................................................................................................................... 17 4.1 Lexical analysis............................................................................................... 17 5. Conclusion .............................................................................................................. 18 6. List of references…………………………………………………………………19 1. 2.

Miguel Ángel Benítez Castro El Inglés de la Publicidad y la Prensa

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Broadsheets vs. Tabloids: neutrality vs. sensationalism

Broadsheets vs. Tabloids: neutrality vs. sensationalism
Miguel Ángel Benítez Castro
1. I TRODUCTIO This paper intends to analyse the linguistic repercussions that the coverage of a news story may have when reported in both British quality press (the so-called broadsheets) and British popular press (the so-called tabloids) This purpose will be accomplished by examining in detail the remarkable linguistic contrasts that may be found in the way three different news stories are approached by several British broadsheets and several British tabloids. Given that the access to print newspapers was somehow hindered by the obvious lack of British press close at hand, I felt compelled to make use of the online versions of the following British newspapers: The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Sun, and The Daily Mirror. The news stories to be commented on in this paper were taken from three different issues: 29th February, 3rd March and 24th March 2008. As regards the structure of this essay, let me say that first of all I will provide a brief introduction to the British press. Then, I will proceed to discuss in depth the linguistic features peculiar to the way the three news reports are dealt with in British quality press and British popular press. It should be pointed out that for each news story, I will start by analysing the headlines, and then I will comment on the news reports. Finally, the last section of this essay will be devoted to a small-scale lexical study of war propaganda in 21st century...
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