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Does a Countries Population Matter When It Comes to Crime Rate?

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On Wednesday the 1st of March 2000, both `The Sun' newspaper and the BBC news reported on the same story. The story was about a boy aged six, who shot dead a girl of the same age, in Buell elementary school in Michigan, USA. Throughout this essay I am going to explain how both `The Sun and the BBC news reported the same story, but in a very different and unique way. I am going to focus on the differences and similarities between each report, and how they each portray different views across to the audience.

In 1964 the Sun published their first article, but at this time the newspaper was known as the Daily Herald. Then in 1964 Rupert Murdoch brought the business and made it into the tabloid newspaper that it is today. The newspaper was important to Murdoch because, his father Sir Keith Murdoch had once been the publisher, and after his father's death, Murdoch thought that it would complete his empire. In today's modern world `The Sun' has caused great controversy, as many people do not agree with the biased views that are published in almost every report. Although many people are strongly against what `The Sun' offers, others are obviously hooked because it is the most circulated English language newspaper in the world, with a circulation of over 3,500,000 copies daily. As well as `The Sun' Murdoch has also acquired, `The News of the world', The Times' and the `Sunday Times', which he brought in 1981 from the Thomson family. After he brought `The Times', many traditionalists was apprehensive about him bringing it down market, so that's why 1986 the `independent' was founded as an alternative broadsheet.

In 1931 Rupert Murdoch was born on the 11th of March in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He then later went on to study a range of subjects at Oxford University, where he gained an extremely high education, which allowed him to become a media entrepreneur, major shareholder and a managing director of the News Corporation. Murdoch is generally regarded as the single most politically influential media proprietor in the world, and is regularly courted by politicians, who attempt to persuade him to run favourable coverage. His politics are right-wing; this is because he is regularly involved in running partisan media coverage for political parties, which promote policies and decisions which favour his commercial interests. He also often publicly supports non-conservatives parties or candidates, which has caused many problems in the past. Murdoch has had an extremely successful career; he began with newspapers, magazines, and television stations in his native country Australia, and then expanded into the British and American markets, and more recently has branched out into satellite television stations, films, and other forms of media.

I think that Murdoch decided to call the newspaper `The Sun' for a number of reasons, maybe it had a link to the fact that every planet revolves around the sun. I think this because on some levels Britain does revolve around The Sun, because it is the most popular tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom and many readers rely on it to hear the news. Another thing that the name might symbolise is that the sun rises every morning and the `Sun' newspaper also rises, because it is published every morning. `The Sun' is a tabloid newspaper.

There are two types of newspapers tabloid and broadsheets, there are many differences between both types such as tabloids tend to have smaller and less complex words, this is because it is designed to be read by less able people. Other differences include the layout of the front page, with its provocative photos and large, varicoloured, eye-catching headlines, often in block capitals reminiscent of comic-book captions. It is the headlines that are the focus on the front page specifically, the various linguistic devices that tend to recur in a fair percentage of headlines from issue to issue and that seem to lure the reader's attention. In tabloids the headline is usually in the top left corner, and is a lot bigger in comparison to broadsheets. In broadsheets the pictures tend to be a lot smaller than those in tabloids, this is because broadsheets have a lot more to say, and tabloids often have more pictures than explanations. Tabloid newspapers also have lots of general advertisements, as where broadsheets tend to have less, and are also different types; such as broadsheets would advertise more expensive products, like holidays and new cars, this is because people who buy broadsheets are thought to have more money and are a higher class than people who buy tabloids. Another big difference between the types of papers is that broadsheets use more complex and heterogeneous language, this is because many people assume that people who buy broadsheets are of a higher class to the people who buy tabloids, so therefore they are used to using more intricate and circuitous vocabulary. The lengths of paragraphs also vary between newspapers. This is because in broadsheets they analyze and rationalize the story more than they do in tabloids. Tabloids also show a more biased opinion than broadsheets, this is because broadsheets have to be more politically correct because they have to tell their readers the truth and not their opinions. But the main differences between the newspapers are the stories that they each contain. Tabloids have a lot of news on showbiz, and celebrities, where as broadsheets have a lot more information on business, finance and the economy. People who read tabloids newspapers do not often want to know the whole truth and facts about particular stories; this is because they are more interested in the entertainment, such as television listings, and sports stories.

At the beginning of the BBC news starts with upbeat music and graphics, these combine to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It does this by having a scene of warming colours such as reds, oranges and yellows. Then when the stories are introduced they are separated by dramatic drum beats, this helps divide the stories up, which creates anticipation and makes it easier for the audience to understand. When the news broadcast formally begins and the presenter addresses us, the use of colour changes, it goes from warm inviting colours such as reds, oranges and yellows, to more modern colours such as blues, greys and silvers. They do this because it draws more attention to the presenter, rather than to the background and the scenery. Behind the news reporter there is scenery with people working on computers, this shows that they are using new and modern technology to find the new and up to date news from around the globe. Right at the beginning of the news there is a picture of a clock; it shows that it is nine o clock. This is done in order to show the audience that the news that is about to



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