Media Ownership: Comparison of 2 tabloids ‘The Times and The Sun’

In this task I have chosen to compare two different newspapers one which is a broadsheet and the other a tabloid. I choose to look at the ‘The Times and The Sun’. Both have similarities and differences. This is because they have to reach and grab the attention of the different demographic target audiences, each newspaper looks at the psychographics of the audience to find out what the needs are, what is of interest and more about the type of person. From this it allows the produces of each newspaper to mold the content, the style of writing and designs to best suit the requirements. This will also help to make the audiences happy, also will help to increase sales and brand loyalty. The main difference of each newspaper is the format, a broadsheet is larger in size meaning more information is given out. Also, “Broadsheets newspapers are known to have a more expert outlook to how they present their stories as in the language they use and layout of the content on the page”[1].

The first similarity I noticed when researching was that both are published on a daily basis, this keeps up with demand and current and new stories. It allows the producers to provided the most up to date news. Another, similarity of both newspapers is that the owner is Rupert Murdoch. Rupert Murdoch is a media tycoon and controls a lot of the media. ‘Murdoch inherited his father’s papers, the Sunday Mail and the News, and continued to purchase other media outlets over the years’[2].

The Sun tabloid newspaper has a main demographic and psychographic target audience. It appears to be those who are young and of working class standings. In the Socioeconomic status, this newspaper would be aimed more toward those of (C2, D and E)

C2 skilled working class Skilled manual workers [3]
D working class Semi-skilled and unskilled manual workers[3]
E non working Casual or lowest grade workers, pensioners, and others who depend on the welfare state for their income [3]

Tabloids are good for this audience as these provide expected topics for instance, celebrity gossip, stories and reality stuff etc. These are topics the audiences will expect to see in ‘The Sun’. The effectiveness of this is that it is uncovering things that the younger generation will be interested in a simple way. Like the language use, how much and the ways pictures are used frequently. The layout of the sun is a lot bolder, more colour, shorter articles, more pictures and focuses on human interest stories.

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The Times broadsheet newspaper has a much more appeal to those more educated and of a better social class of (A, B, C1).

A upper middle class Higher managerial, administrative or professional [3]
B middle class Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional [3]
C1 lower middle class Supervisory or clerical and junior managerial, administrative or professional[3]

Also have a primary target audience of those around the 16 – 50 age group. These are the ones who are mainly in employment. In my opinion I feel like the times is much more aimed towards males then the female audience. The reasons for this is that broadsheets are more focused around international news and politics, having a much plainer and simple layout. Less colours, smaller text hardly any images or if used much smaller then what we would see with the more tabloid layout.

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[1] Target audience facts | In the news. 2015. Target audience facts | In the news. [ONLINE] Available at: https://flashnewsuk.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/target-audience-facts/. [Accessed 10 December 2015].

[2] The Biography.com website. 2015. Rupert Murdoch Biography. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.biography.com/people/rupert-murdoch-9418489#personal-life. [Accessed 12 December 15].

[3] NRS social grade – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 2015. NRS social grade – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. [ONLINE] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NRS_social_grade. [Accessed 12 December 2015].

(4) . 2015. . [ONLINE] Available at: https://cynicaljournalist.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/times-20-1-11.png. [Accessed 28 December 2015].

(5)  Murray’s Wimbledon win – the front pages . 2015. Murray’s Wimbledon win – the front pages . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.newsworks.org.uk/News-and-Opinion/murrays-wimbledon-win-the-front-pages. [Accessed 28 December 2015].

 

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Comparison on The Guardian and Buzzfeed

At the end of a session we were set the task to compare ‘The Guardian and Buzzfeed’.

Firstly, at first glance I noticed that they both are very different in their approach to keep up and entice their audiences. The Guardian follows the key elements to writing a Headline by the use of kickers and key words that people search for, this means that they are really likely to be situated higher up in the search engine optimizer ranking. This also means that the webpage will be more likely to be viewed. I can understand why they follow the more direct approach as it is all about getting the content out there for people to view, giving factual and important data that they believe the audiences will either: want to know or will be important for people to know.

Buzzfeed doesn’t follow the basic rules that apply when they put their online content forward to be seen on the online platform. The headlines they put on the web content is more commonly seen in print journalism, they use jargon and puns. Not always involving key words that people would search for. This in my opinion is not the best way to get audience to view the content. This is more less audience friendly online as it will be less likely to get a high rank in the search engine making it harder to find. Buzzfeed uses the aids of social media/ networking to get recognition for content. I honestly believe this works to the buzzfeeds viewership and website as content is seen through the listicles side of journalism.

Secondly, I notice a difference in the writing styles, this means that the audience demographics will be aimed at different primary audiences. I believe that the audience for the Guardian is much more of the mid to older generation who are interested in the world and changes that are happening. To make sure I was correct I did some research the results backed up what I already believed the audience profile for the guardian was;

‘76% of Guardian Select UK Audience are Progressives, who are affluent forward-looking individuals, curious about the world and embrace change and technology’[1]

Buzzfeed is for a younger demographic in my opinion teenagers and young adults. This is because of the style of writing. It is a lot more fun and informal in both tone and language. I wanted to actually find out the audience profile so i did a bit of research to try and cement my beliefs. These were the results:

“BuzzFeed provides the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment, and video across the social web”{2}

http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/buzzfeed-statistics/

Finally, although both the Guardian and Buzzfeed as so different in there approach to the online platform, i think that they both manage to get a high level of viewership. from research it is clear that 60% of people who access the data on Buzzfeed get it from the mobile layout, this seems to work really well for the company. This task was fun to do as it allows me first hand to see how making a website personalised to an audience demography can be important. i will think more about the style of writing and tones more when considering who my target audiences are.

[1] http://www.buzzfeed.com/about

[2] http://www.theguardian.com/select/audience-profile