Analysing a newspaper report that appeared in the Daily Mail Essay

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I am analysing a newspaper report that appeared in the Daily Mail, which is a tabloid newspaper on Wednesday 29th December 1999. It was a story about a 51-year-old engineer, called Steven Parr who was a father of two when he was confronted by a vandal smashing up a public phone box and he made a choice to intervene, and as a result of this choice, he suffered brutal injuries. A reporter called Ben Taylor has written this tabloid. This newspaper report has been developed by using many techniques from this story into a full-page newspaper report.

The techniques that Ben Taylor used that I will be analysing are; the structure of his writing, how he used the headline to catch the readers eye, how he structured the report, how he and why he used the pictures and whose quotations he used. In this whole tabloid, the real question was did Ben Taylor make the right decision. Before even reading the report, we notice that the headline in this report is very odd as it is much longer than a normal tabloid newspaper. The headline is positioned right at the top of the page above the article.

The information given in this headline are who the article is about Steven Parr and what its about, how he had a choice and he intervened and sustained injuries. The language that has been used in the headline is emotive language like thug, terrible price this words act to make the headline more eye catching and dramatic then dull word as vandal. This keeps us suspicious about what is going to happen in the article. There are two pictures that Ben Taylor has used, one of Steven Parr and one of the repaired phone box.

The picture of the phone box has been used to show us was it worth it to Steven Parr to sustain all those injuries on defending a phone box and makes us think would we defend it? The picture of Steven Parr that is right in the middle of the page catches the readers attention straight away because we can see the injuries he sustained in the brutal attack on him and his eyes almost look directly at us. As for the picture, Ben Taylor used it to make us feel sympathy for Steven Parr.

With out reading the article yet we know that has Steven Parr has sustained brutal an attack by a thug and the question now is, was it the right choice. This report has been written in a technique called pyramid writing. Ben Taylor has written a short bit at the introduction then developing the story in later paragraphs. In this report the paragraphs are very short, Each paragraph is about two to three sentences in length. There are twenty-eight paragraphs in the whole report. Ben Taylor has done this because unlike a broadsheet this is a.

Tabloid are more exciting and entertaining where as a broadsheet, is more factual rather than entertaining. he ended up in hospital needing emergency treatment for a broken jaw, detached retina and a fractured hand, these show that he was badly hurt by the thug who was about 6ft tall. The article also tells us that Steven Parr has added a lot of factual detail in his report to give it depth like the father of two it shows us he is a family man. Stroll with his Springer spaniel Bess it also tells us he is a family man.

51 year old engineer tells us what he does for a living. Also between paragraph one and two there is a change in atmosphere. In paragraph one he is walking his dog and then in paragraph two this atmosphere was changed to him fighting for his life. The word that synchronised the change in mood was the word but. The father of two was confronted by a vandal smashing up a phone box, this is where Steven Parr had a choice between shall he stop the vandalism done by the thug or walk away.

He choice to intervened and paid a terrible price for what he tried to do. I thought they would kill me , this shows that the paid a terrible price for what he did because he was about to die because the thug was beating Steven Parr badly. Ben Taylor has used an excellent technique by using quotations to help the reader relate to the story. When Ben Taylor has including an expert like Jack Straw, this develops the story even more by getting other people opinions on what has happened to Steven Parr.

Ben Taylor has also got other peoples opinions to tell us about Steven Parrs character and to link the issues to wider issues. The language that has been used throughout the report is emotive and dramatic language vandal frenzy of punching and kicking thug voice shaking terrible price public spirited This emotive and dramatic words are used to shape our response to the vandal and Steven Parr by making us fell sympathy for Steven Parr and that the vandals should be dealed with. As the story is about Steven Parr, he is frequently quoted throughout the report.

As the incident happened to Steven Parr, he is interviewed the most and he can tell us in what happened to him. When Steven Parr told the vandal what the hell do you think you are doing, the thug beat the hell out of Mr Parr as 3 younger children watched him getting beaten up. After the sickening assault, the thugs offered him a lift home but he answered no and got home as best as I could. The people that have been quoted in this report are Steven Parrs cousin Dennis who provides us with Parrs character. he would always step in to¦

help an emergency , this shows that he will do anything to protect the neighbourhood. His wife Jennifer who tells us her view on Parr recovering from his injuries and as she has been quoted it tells us Steven Parr is a family man with a wife. The police have described the attack as vicious and have said to Steven Parr he has done a honourable job to the town. The police has been quoted to tell us how he was public spirited and they have been quoted as it is now there case to find the attackers and bring them to justice.

The last line of the article keeps on the spot because are we daring enough to put our life on the line to help someone or something but as well as helping them putting your life at risk. The conclusion is that Ben Taylor used the headline, picture, structure of the report, quotations and language to develop the story of Steven Parr getting attacked by vandals into a full-page report for the Daily Mail. This article is pro government meaning that against the government because they are really trying to say is that the police are not doing a good job and that the streets should be more protected.

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