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Discursive Psychology review of two newspaper articles

Newspaper articles are one of the clearest examples of argument presentation and development. They are read every day by millions of people around the world and it is vital that the intended message is given to the reader. Every newspaper article presents a particular case or argument and adopts a different style to put that argument across.

This discursive psychology analysis will look at the ways in which two different newspapers deliver information to the reader, including the ways in which they make accusations, assign blame, and the language and tactics they use to support their argument. The different styles can then be used to look at who the target audience is for each newspaper and why they have chosen the style to reach their particular reader. The two newspapers I will be studying are the free Metro [Appendix A], and The Daily Telegraph [Appendix B]. I have taken articles from both publications on Thursday, April 17, 2008.

It is clear that both newspaper articles use different styles to put across a particular argument. One of the reasons why the Metro is perhaps more direct with its approach is due to the size of the publication and the intended reader. The Metro is a free daily newspaper given to commuters on trains, buses, and other transport across the country. On average, a Metro reader will probably browse the stories for the most interesting to read in the short time they have to get to work. For this reason, the articles in the Metro need to be shorter, more concise and get straight to the point. The reader of The Daily Telegraph will most likely spend longer reading through the paper, paying closer attention to individual articles and therefore seeking a more in-depth account of the facts. This can explain why the front cover story on The Daily Telegraph was of much greater length than that of the Metro and covered a range of different aspects of one argument.

In conclusion, both newspaper articles have a particular argument to put across to the reader. The choice of language, use of sources, consideration of column inches, and tone of article are all ways of putting across their particular argument. Both succeed in making their arguments clearly, and both adopt the correct tone according to what message they want to put across to their reader.

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