How do the following newspapers, the Sun and the Guardian use different techniques to present their account of the London riots, and to what effect?
In this essay I will be exploring the two newspapers-The sun and the guardian. The two newspapers describe the London riots. The London riots were when people, mostly teens, set everything to fire and stole goods from shops. The Sun and the Guardian, both, wrote biased articles about the London riots. They include striking pictures, captions, bold headlines and sensational language.
The headline of the sun is “Decent into hell”. It is bold, eye-catching, powerful and very suitable. As the word “Hell” for everyone is a tragic, miserable place and makes people think of fire and blood. That can relate to the London riots because the rioters set a lot of fire to most of London. The paper is also trying to Conway that the article is going to be biased. However, the headline of the guardian is less biased and is “Mayhem engulfs in London”. It is extremely dramatic as mayhem means chaos and, engulfs means take-over or swallows. In other words, the headline means - CHAOS TAKES-OVER LONDON. Again, like the Sun’s headline it is bold, eye-catching and powerful.
Pictures and Captions
The picture are the same in both newspapers but captions are different, the pictures are of a woman jumping out of a window, into the arms of police officers arms, because her house was caught on fire. The caption of the Sun is “A terrified woman leaps from the first floor of a burning block of flats into the arms of cops.” This is incredibly powerful and detailed, although the Guardian is simple and is “A women leaps from a building in Surrey street, Croydon, into the arms of police officers.” The sun mentions what height the woman jumped from and describes the woman is terrified and the flats are burning, however the Guardian mentions the place it is at.
The Format of the front page
The sun’s format has a...