Rebecca’s Article Comparison

The articles that I have decided to compare both cover the same news story, the shooting that occurred in Florida this past week and the comments that President Trump’s administration made about the shooting being a “reprieve” from the bad publicity that currently plagues the administration.

Whilst both of the articles covered the general facts of the event, they focused on a number of different subtopics.

The Daily Mail used their article to promote other news stories that they had broken about the Trump Administration such as Rob Porter who allegedly abused his ex-wives. This deflects from the main purpose of the article and exposes you to other stories that are unravelling at the same time as the current one being written about.

The Daily Mail article is more sensationalist in its use of language and choice of topics and refers multiple times to affairs that it is alleged the President had. The extent of the sensationalism in the CNN article was when President Trump’s tweeting was described as “ranting.”

The wording by the Daily Mail article is quite interesting, as the article starts they use phrases such as “Then it was found” and “First it was revealed”, phrases which seem disapproving of the administration, this theme continues throughout and even when references are made to trips which the President is due to take, the author makes sure he passes comment on the fact that the scandals will “resurface.” The wording in the CNN article seems to be unbiased, there are limited clear personal opinions allowing for the article to be very to the point. I found this style of journalism to be particularly intriguing as it shows the difficulties that exist when attempting to write an article from a non-partisan point of view.

The length of the article also varies between the two selected. The CNN articles seems more to the point whereas as the Daily Mail article brings in other stories that are also related it is much longer in length. This is both good and bad, the CNN article gives you the story that you’re clearly interested in, the key facts that relate whereas the Daily Mail article not only gives you the story at hand but others that are related. For a reader this amount of coverage would easily sway you in favour of the author of the piece, one would assume from reading the Daily Mail article that the administration is currently suffering whereas this is not as evident in the CNN article.

The CNN article refers to other news sources and credits them for specific information (The Washington Post) whereas in the Daily Mail article, in addition to the Washington Post being credited in the body text of the article there is a “read more” section with a link to a New York Times article that covers the same story. I believe this to be an admirable quality of both articles to credit other sources as it gives the article more strength and reaffirms journalistic integrity.

I found it particularly interesting that the CNN article ends with a comment on gun control, that the President is to hold “a session with high schoolers” whereas this is not mentioned in the Daily Mail article. This is due to the fact that both articles are attempting to appeal to different political demographics and consequently cover different subtopics under the main topic.

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Rebecca’s Media Diary

This past week there have been lots of stories of great importance and significance that have had significant media coverage. Due to this I engaged in a larger than usual number of sources and consequently received my news from the following sources:

  • BBC News
  • Sky News
  • CNN
  • The Times of London
  • New York Times
  • ABC
  • GBC
  • The Guardian
  • Twitter Moments
  • El País
  • Specific twitter accounts such as @BBCBreaking

I try and read a large array of different media sources from a number of different countries, however the vast majority of these sources are online sources, ranging from online articles to specific twitter accounts. It is quite difficult to receive physical media sources at University whilst ensuring they remain reputable, on occasion I read local news sources such as the Williamson County Sun yet I was not able to do this this week.

The reason I accessed most of these sources is because they are very user-friendly. The vast majority of them have mobile phone apps which is where I view them. It is easy for me to access these forms of news whilst walking between classes or eating my lunch. The news is easily digestible. On the few occasions I have read full articles it has taken more time and concentration. I also receive push notifications on my phone from a number of these sources as well, this allows me to get the gist of a certain news story and if I am interested in it I will then research it further and search for a more extensive article on reputable news sites such as BBC News or The Times of London. At times I have the Sky News channel on as white noise whilst I study, this allows me to be immersed in the news whilst listening selectively to what interests me.

As I have personally selected these sources, the vast majority of them reflect my own personal political opinions, especially the accounts I follow on my twitter accounts. I accept that this might not necessarily expose me to many opposing view points I do try and ensure that if I am interested in a story I read around the story and read that specific story on different platforms. I know that there will be clear biases in the articles and I do try and read the articles with an open mind accepting that authors do not write without preconceptions.

I believe that compared to the average individual I do use a large number of varied sources. The fact that I read news sources in different languages increases the awareness that I have. I spend more time involved with different forms of media due to all of the different ways in which I engage with media. The surge in popularity of social media has also allowed my access to different points of views. This has allowed me to develop my ability to recognise the differences between reputable and un-reputable sources of news, distinguish between biases both internationally and politically and access viewpoints that without specific forms of media (twitter etc.) I would not be aware of.

Rebecca’s Media Diary