|An InfoChase about Tabloids and Broadsheets|
Go to BBC website and look for information
to help you deal with the tasks and questions below
|click here to download and print the photocopiable questionnaire: newsquest.doc|
|01 – Compare the consumption of newspapers in Britain to consumption elsewhere.|
– Which 6 terms used to describe the front page elements of both a
tabloid and a broadsheet do the pictures in the pop-up windows illustrate?
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– Compare tabloids and broadsheets with regard to the proportions of their
mastheads, headlines and pictures.
– How do broadsheets compare with tabloids as far as text is concerned?
|05 – The site claims that "tabloids and broadsheets do not look different by accident". What is the site author implying here?|
|06 – Who decides a paper's "style"?|
|07 – Which is closer to TV news – the tabloid or the broadsheet? Find two arguments to support your answer.|
|08 – What percentage of tabloid space is dedicated to pictures? How does that compare to broadsheets?|
|09 – How do tabloids make use of pictures?|
– Which adjectives are used to describe the dominant features of the
language, (a) in a tabloid, (b) in a broadsheet?
|11 – In what manner do broadsheets deal with facts (through their choice of language)?|
|12 – In choosing their language style, what effect are tabloid writers after?|
– An offline activity invites us to compare the lead story of a tabloid
and a broadsheet of the same day. What aspect are we invited to study?
Guess what the result is likely to be. Justify your opinion.
|14 – Why are editors so keen to give their readers what they want?|
|15 – What are the two categories "news" can be divided into?|
|16 – Give three examples of the first category.|
– By what standard can you decide whether a given story is 'hard news'
|18 – What procedure is suggested for the second offline activity?|
– How do you know a story can classify as a "top ten story"?
(a) with a newspaper, (b) with a TV news item?
– Why are we asked to compare the newspaper stories with the TV news of
the day before?
|21 – The third offline activity invites us to write tabloid-style headlines. What advice does the site give us?|
– In what respect are broadsheet headlines different?
|(c) This webquest was created by Jürgen Wagner|