On 18th April 1986, both newspapers reported on a story concerning a plot to destroy a Boeing 747 [containing 400 people] and killing others who walked the streets of London at that busy time. The suspect of the plot, Nezar Hindawi, is said to have planted a ten-pound bomb in the luggage holdall of his girlfriend, before it was going to be stowed in an El Al plane, which was bound for Israel. Both newspapers used two different approaches to present the story to the reader. Both newspapers tried to attract the reader.
‘ ‘The Times’ uses subtle ways to attract the reader, while ‘The Sun’ makes the front page eye-catching. The Times has different emphases making the reader attracted [‘The Times’ does not need to create its front page like a beacon, but it only relies on its steady reader base]. ‘The Sun’ makes the page extremely eye-catching, and makes the headline its viewpoint. In ‘The Sun’, they make it obvious that the story is the main concern for everyone. ‘The Times’ has other stories on the page reflecting its view that the story is not that important, but important enough to be included in the top headline.
‘The Sun’ also has manipulated the picture, by darkening the area around the eyes, giving the man more chiselled features, and also rotating the photo slightly to make him look as if he is looking at you. These all contribute, to make the suspect more threatening and scarier to the reader. ‘The Times’ just simply uses a passport photo, and has not altered it, but has only increased its size. ‘The Sun’ has made the headline stand out to create the effect of a WANTED poster, while the ‘The Times’ blends the headline in, just not to make it prominent.
The sub-headline of ‘The Sun’ has been shaped to a sort of arrow, pointing towards the man. This creates more reference to the picture, and induces more fear into the reader’s mind. Also maybe a coincidence, an amount of money has been put right under the photo, but concerning something else. This subtlety adds to the idea of ‘The Sun’ trying to make the front page, seem like a WANTED poster for a dangerous man, according to ‘The Sun’. Both newspapers have varied in the way of content. Overall it seems that ‘The Sun’ has continued its theme of hating the suspect, even though it has not been proven that the man is guilty.
The headline suggests that this man is dangerous and is wanted by the investigators of the incident. The sub-headline has the most effect on the reader. The first three words of the sub-headline indicates that the man is Middle Eastern, even though he comes from Libya, and that he is a rat [indicating that he is cunning, dangerous and shrewd]. These words seem to classify that everyone from the Middle East is someone like a rat. This would induce hatred. Also ‘The Sun’ shows that the victim of the incident was the suspect’s girlfriend, and adds to the sympathy for the woman and hatred against the man, by saying that the woman was pregnant.
‘The Sun’ brings the news really home, by saying that the blast would have occurred over London. This would mean that people in the street would have been hurt and may even be killed, because of the man. This would make the reader feel insecure and frightened of the man. ‘The Sun’ basically tells the entire story in the story in the headline, but the language and emotive words it uses makes the reader want to read on. During the actual detailed description, ‘The Sun’ keeps on referring to the woman. ‘The Sun’ describes her as a girl. Making her seem innocent and not knowing anything of the plot.
The newspaper also uses the phrase ‘the sobbing girl’. This makes the reader believe that the woman is distraught about this whole incident especially when it involves her. The first three paragraphs are dedicated to the girl and the unborn baby. ‘The Sun’ makes the story seem like a soap opera. This makes the story unrealistic but the reader knows it is true, adding the sense of fear. After all this description, the word ‘PRIMED’ comes along. This reminds the reader [if he/she has drifted] that there was a bomb was aboard, and could have been potentially lethal. ‘The Sun’ then concentrates on the man and what could have happened.
The paper also makes claims, which have not been conformed. An example is the reference to the attack of Libya. This makes like that this plot was an act of revenge on the part of someone who sympathised with the Libyans, or someone who worked for them. The newspaper lastly leaves the reader with the frightening thought, what the bomb could have done to them our others they know. ‘The Times’ makes this article a sort of appraisal to the workers at Heathrow and the police who took part of diffusing the plot, also this article is a sort of assurance to the reader that the people in Heathrow know how to stop terrorist attacks.
Overall this whole article is also based around the known facts of the plot. The headline is extremely clever. On one side is the sad news that people have died somewhere, while the other side shows the happy side of the headline, by telling the reader that the authorities have stopped a plot. The first two paragraphs focus on the story, while the third and fourth paragraph concentrates on the woman, and what is known about her. The rest of the paragraphs are featured on the people who helped stop the problem. The quoting of the head of anti-terrorist branch, gives even more assurance the reader that the situation is highly important.
The last paragraph just describes the man. Both newspapers have completely different ways of presenting the story to the reader. Both use trademarks of their reporting. ‘The Times’ is a broadsheet newspaper. ‘The Times’ is an objective paper. This means that the article will be based around the fact, and no gossip or make-believe. ‘The Sun’ is a tabloid. This article shows that the newspaper has a subjective manner. This means that the newspaper bases some of its story around the facts and other parts around fictitious writing.