Writing styles of newspaper articles are different from writing styles used in other forms of articles and pieces of information. Some points of differences persist between journalistic writing and academic writing. It can be stated that newspaper articles have the writing style that is more sensational and informal language is used. The present writing compares two newspaper articles that have two different styles of writing. A comparison and contrast are made between the two writing styles of the articles, and a conclusion is drawn in order to determine the article that has the writing style near to that of academic writing. The first article used in the present writing is Refugees welcome? How UK and Germany compare on migration (Harding, Oltermann and Watt, 2015). The second article taken up is The human tide moving this way: Fury and fighting as rail station are closed to migrants (Saunders, 2015). The points covered in the writing are the target audience, the impact of the writing style due to the target audience chosen, the effect of the use of images and quotations and the usefulness of the articles as the source of evidence for the concerned topic of immigration in European countries.
The first article has been published in the newspaper The Guardian. This particular newspaper targets a relatively young, well-educated, liberal and predominantly male audience who live around London (Mody, 2014). They have an interest in politics and international news. The second article has been published in the newspaper Daily Star. The target audience is young and more interested in entertaining news. The topic of interests is different from those reading The Guardian. They are more interested in appealing news and those that have an attractive by their looks (Thornicroft et al. 2013). The newspaper, therefore, is an energetic one, and it is not tied down by history. Therefore, there is a marked difference in the writing styles of the two newspaper articles. The first article has a more formal way of writing. It is an example of investigative journalism. In the article, a dispassionate discussion has been made on the issues, and the literary coverage is clearly highlighted. On the contrary, the second article is less formal. An easy flow of writing is present in the second article. The language is simple and short sentences are used.
The second article uses coloured images along with the writing to demonstrate the significance of the topic that is discussed in the news article, whereas the first article does not use any such images. The first photograph used shows the migrants chanting protest at the station in Hungary. The second photograph used shows small children sleeping on the floor of the station amidst all the chaos. These photographs ensure that the readers are aware of the distress and poor condition of the migrants. They draw the attention of the readers to a considerable amount on the exact scenario taking place. Therefore, the second article is able to inform the readers and enlighten and educate them about the issues regarding the shutting down of the Hungary train station for the migrants in a more effective manner.
It would be a good approach to analyse the usefulness of the articles as the source of proof of the Mediterranean refugee crisis. The first article outlines the facts and figures related to migration in Syria and Germany to a great extent. The approximate numbers of the refugees fleeing Syria have been mentioned in order to highlight the significance of the situation. The political backdrop of the country has been written about in the article, emphasizing on the initiatives taken up by the government. The support and role of the common people have got a space in the article that makes a positive impression about the common people in helping the refugees. The role of media has also been discussed, and this is important as this context lies in much speculation among the common people. The legal framework mentioned at the end gives the article a good boost in relation to the content. The second article is successful in throwing light on the steps taken up by the Hungarian government in closing the railway stations to the migrants. The distress and pathetic condition of the common people are highlighted, making it a significant reading.
It can be concluded that there is a marked difference between the two articles published in two different newspapers. The two newspapers have different readerships. The writing style is a reflection of this fact. It may be stated at the end that the first article has the style of writing that is near to the style of writing used in academic literature.
Harding, L., Oltermann, P. and Watt, N. (2015). Refugees welcome? How UK and Germany compare on migration. The Guardian. [online] Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/02/refugees-welcome-uk-germany-compare-migration [Accessed 20 Dec. 2015].
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Saunders, C. (2015). The human tide moving this way: Fury and fighting as rail station is closed to migrants. Daily Star. [online] Available at: https://dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/462536/human-tide-moving-this-way-Fury-fighting-rail-station-closed-migrants [Accessed 20 Dec. 2015].
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