Compare an article from both a tabloid newspaper - Sample Essay

As part of my media coursework I am going to compare an article from both a tabloid newspaper and a broadsheet newspaper. In preparation for this piece of coursework I studied an article about a rugby match that occurred Saturday 9th of May 1998, the papers were then written on Sunday the 10th of May, the subject was based in the Sunday Mirror and the report was on page 61, whereas the broadsheet newspaper the Sunday Times sport Supplement the subject was on the front page, the rugby match was the final of the Tetley’s bitter cup so this was a very important match for both teams.

The layout of the broadsheet is extremely different to that of the tabloid paper, the broadsheet paper has fifty percent of it filled with a picture, there is a small part with the two teams names and the score at full time, it also shows which individuals scored the points, there is a huge bold print which runs along the page, the rest is a complete match report. I think that all this is important to the reader because the reader will obviously be a fan of rugby and they will want to know what has happened in the match, there is a huge match report which tells us what happened from start to finish, it is very informative.

One part of the layout which I find to be very important is the huge bold print, I think that this bold print is included so that it catches any passing eyes; I think that that is also why the picture is there, the picture is so big that you can hardly miss it. The type of person that buys this paper will be very interested in rugby and would enjoy reading the full match report.

The layout of the tabloid is very different because it is very small; it just simply has the score in bold print and a few paragraphs and explains what happened in the match very brief, it also has a title but it is also very small. The tabloid paper is not showing this match to be as important as the broadsheet; it doesn’t explain the match as graphically as the broadsheet this may be because this paper may not concentrate on rugby as much as the other paper. The people who buy this paper may not be as interested in rugby as the people that buy the broadsheet paper.

The photograph used in the broadsheet newspaper is very important as it catches the reader’s eye and it will make the paper look more interesting to the reader would want to refer back to the picture, the photograph used is a large one it shows seven or eight fighting towards glory they are all on the floor trying to get the ball, their facial expressions are shown as if they are concentrating on winning the match, one looks angry, others look confused as if they cant see where the ball is.

We can also tell what the weather was like at the time because we can see shadows on the grass; this means that it was a pleasant, sunny day. We can also see the misery in one of the players faces because the opposing team has scored a point. Having no photograph in the tabloid paper will mean the no-one will really want to pick it up to read because there is absolutely nothing to attract any rugby fans, the extract looks plain and boring to any fans as they would expect to see a nice long report with a nice picture the tabloid has none of these.

Although the tabloid paper has no photo it may be better for some people, the type of person that doesn’t want to read a huge long report, they might just want the key points. The main headline in the broadsheet paper reads “FINAL FLING” this is obviously talking about the final move of the match; it basically describes what we can see in the picture. It is printed in large white bold letters which stands out from the dark background; this is so that it catches people’s eyes and makes the article look more interesting. When a potential reader sees this paper they will want to pick it up because of the eye catching headline in the bold print.

The main headline in the tabloid newspaper reads “Lynagh cruises to glory” this headline is talking about a specific player, this player must have been the man who won the game for his team, or he may be the captain, anyways he must of played the lead role in the game or else his name would not be printed as the headline. The headline is in rather small black writing and is very small compared to the broadsheet paper. This type of headline wouldn’t have much of an effect as it is quite small and I don’t think that it would stand out from other papers if you were walking past it.

When we read the broadsheet newspaper, not only do we get information about this specific game but we also get some information about previous happenings such as the teams history it says that the Saracens had matched a previous record for a cup final already set by Bath in 1990, it says that the Saracens would win the “cherished double” if they win there next game, there is then three or four columns explaining what happened in the match, it gives detailed description and makes the game sound really exciting, “he found is path blocked as he sniped into midfield, swivelled on his heel and delivered a perfect diagonal kick into touch deep in the Wasps 22. ” I have highlighted the descriptive words of this sentence because I think that they make it sound very realistic and makes it seem as if you are actually watching the match.

The paper also shows all the details for both teams, it shows the substitutions, when they went on and off, it shows the scorers in a separate part, it shows the referees name and where he’s from and it also shows the attendance for the match. There was also some points about some of the players as individuals, “flipped the ball inside to Sella. Sella, with it all to do, went steaming all the way through the remnants of the cover”, in this short sentence this players name has been mentioned twice this means that the paper regarded him as a key player in the Saracens win. The overall effect of this is very good to somebody who enjoys rugby and will want to know absolutely everything which happened in the match, and this broadsheet paper provides all this. The tabloid newspaper gives very limited information about the game it sometimes tells us about the players but this is scarce.

The paper also gives us the score but that is it, this information just gives the main pints of the game and nothing more. The language used in the broadsheet article is once again completely different compared to the language used in the tabloid article; the broadsheet article uses lots of descriptive words to describe the match “and a hot Twickenham afternoon”, “a devastating performance by the Saracens”, I think that this adds a feel to the broadsheet article and it would be very dull to read if there wasn’t descriptive words included, all these descriptive words that are in the broadsheet article add an atmosphere and an excitement to reading the broadsheet.

Although it doesn’t have as many descriptive words as the broadsheet newspaper the tabloid article still includes some descriptive phrases such as; “signed off in style to send the sizzling Saracens storming to cup glory. This is a ************** and it makes the sentence sound more dramatic and makes the reader want to read more. I think that the tabloid article uses more dramas tic descriptive words than the broadsheet; once again this makes the article a lot more entertaining to read. There is a lot of speculation in the broadsheet article before the writer starts commentating on the match he says such things as “there seemed just a chance before the match that Wasps, the fresher side, would save their season with a mighty one-off” the writer includes this to make it sound like the Wasps could of beaten the Saracens but they didn’t.

The writer of the tabloid article does not speculate things because he is concentrating on what happens in the game and not around it, he only writes about what happened for the eighty minutes, this makes the tabloid article a lot shorter than the broadsheet paper. The broadsheet newspaper is obviously aimed at avid rugby union fans, due to the length of the article, you can also tell that it was written by an expert on rugby union due to the history that was included on both the teams and the players, he commented on retirements, injuries, positions, this proved that Stephen Jones was an expert. The tabloid paper differs a great deal it is aimed at a more open minded person who likes all sport because it is short and snappy, it sticks to the point and it is accurate about the key points, he also tells us about the record which the Saracens had equalled.

The article which I would prefer to read would be the tabloid article to a certain extent, I would firstly choose this one because I am not highly interested in rugby but due to the game being the final of the cup then I would definitely read the match report on it, but I would also like to read the broadsheet newspaper because it goes into a lot more detail and explains the match a lot better, it would also give me a chance to learn a few points on rugby.

The broadsheet would only be of use to somebody who firstly enjoys rugby and secondly likes to read about it, a person who doesn’t like rugby will not want to read about it because they might find it boring. The tabloid article would be enjoyed by people who don’t particularly like rugby but don’t mind it so they would read this one, but to a keen supporter of rugby the tabloid paper would be of no use as they would find it too short and not explained in enough detail.