Language analysis Made Easy

Tinka By Tinka, 30th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Media articles attempt to make readers follow their opinion. Learn how to read between the lines and make up your own mind on every issue you read.

Language analysis

Language to persuade or otherwise known as language analysis, can give students some of the worst headaches. Do not let this section of the exam worry you, it is easier than you think, all it takes is a little practise and a critical mind.

Analysis of media articles

Newspaper article, also known as a point of view, takes the facts of a particular event or situation, and is moulded by writers/editors to create a cohesive story that has a beginning and an end. Just like other forms of media, newspaper articles are crafted by people who want to send a specific message into the world about a certain topic.

Bias in the Media

Although we would hope that the people bringing us the news would have no bias when writing, this is simply not possible. Everyone has a bias about something, even if they don’t realize it. The best we can expect is to be aware the bias exists and determine for ourselves whether we’ll accept or reject the story we are being presented with

Who wrote the article?

Is the author connected in some way to the issue being discussed?
Is the newspaper or news organization affiliated with people who want to project a particular point of view (like a company or a political party)?
Does the author’s political affiliations, conflict with the integrity of the story (surely it does). Author will take sides and project the values he/she believes in.
4 Why did the writer write the article?

4 Why did the writer write the article?

Is the purpose to inform the public? Give evidence from the article
Is the purpose to ridicule someone or something? If so, give evidence
Is the purpose of the article to make the reader like the person or whatever else the article is about? Very important part
Maybe the purpose is to create fear? Or maybe the author wants to create controversy and sell more papers? This is true in most cases. Look for evidence of this

How might other people view the article?

Are there stereotypes in the article about people of a different gender, race, social class, or religion? Give evidence
Would anyone be offended by what the author has written? Give evidence
Would any one feel good about the article? Give evidence

What ever you do, please do not include your own opinion in the analysis


Analytic, Analytical Thinking Skills, Exams Tention, Media Effects, Media Internet, Media Marketing, Newspaper Notes, Newspaper Publications, Newspapers Dying

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I am a secondary teacher of Italian and English and enjoy being in the classroom. As writing is one of my favourite hobbies, I like to write on different genres in a creative style.

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