Week 10- News writing: Different writing styles- Broadsheet.

Today we have looked at a specific type of newspaper called Broadsheets and noted the features that tie in with it by looking at other newspapers. We also looked at the types of newspapers that fall into this category, and wrote up our own 200 word broadsheet article based on my researched topic (the refugee crisis) whilst using another broadsheet article as inspiration with sources.

Firstly, we looked at what broadsheets look like and what features they have that make them a Broadsheet newspaper. For example, they are very intellectual with their content, they are the kind of newspaper that are very analytical and in-depth with their news and are also physically larger than any other newspaper (hence the name ‘broadsheet’).

Week 10- 200 word news story based on my researched topic (refugees) in the style of a broadsheet report.

Broadsheet style: (Example- the Independent)

In response to the increasing number of refugees fleeing the Syrian war in search of safety, PM David Cameron will grant this to them by allowing 20,000 Syrian refugees into the UK by the year 2020. This number of Syrians will present many concerns for the UK population, those awaiting access to a safer life and the government: funding, health, housing and employment. A recent survey has shown that 55% of people believe the government will struggle to provide funding for all 20,000 refugees.

The attacks led by ISIS in Paris on the 13th November revealed one of the attackers was disguised as a refugee along with eight of nine other attackers all found with European passports. This attack is believed to have ‘changed Paris forever’ but so was the Nazi Germany collaboration in 1940. But due to the lives of 128 people taken during the attacks, it is clear that there’s no comparison between them.

Decisions are yet to be made whether or not this will affect the refugees’ future but the recent terrorist attack in Paris is definitely making the government consider what options they have left to tackle ISIS but to also provide support for the refugees.




Next, I looked up different brands of broadsheet newspapers and made comparisons against them. I have noted: their layout styles, political orientation and content.


This broadsheet is an interesting one; This newspaper comes from a broadsheet called the independent. It ‘s basically a whittled down version of the Independent and is aimed at a younger target audience.

In terms of the layout, it is almost a tabloid in relation to the colours used. However, it looks very formal and professional with the way the headlines, pictures and briefings are positioned. They ae very clear to see and work out which feature is what.

the pictures (including the main story picture) all relate to their specific story and the headlines/sub-headlines are all brief, to the point and even active with one of the sub-headlines.

The content of the broadsheet contains very hard-core news about politics, world news but is also slightly left-wing because it features various news about the arts and cultural topics.

The price is clearly displayed on the top left-hand corner of the paper and the date of the issue is clearly displayed on the left-hand side too.



This broadsheet newspaper comes from the Times.

The front page has the newspaper logo clearly on the top of it on every single issue and always had a picture like the one shown above on it. It tends to mostly be a long picture taking up most of the height of the page.

There is very little colour on the front page apart from in the picture and just above it too. . The rest is all in black and white. Also. just like in the i, all the information is well-organised and in neat columns which makes this broadsheet easy to read.

The Times is known to have a more ‘sober’ version of a story.



This broadsheet comes from the Daily Telegraph.

This one look similar to the Times in terms of the front page picture and the way in which the text is positioned in their columns. It also has briefings along the bottom as to what topics the newspaper will cover- just like the i, but that has its briefings dotted around the side AND bottom.

This newspaper is more concerned with the content and writing side of things, and as a result, it obviously has more text! It tends to be more aimed at people of  40-50+ years of age.

Many issues of the Daily Telegraph tend to have adverts or sub-headings on the front as well. This also tends to be most of the colour that it brings to the front page, along with the main story picture.


Week 10- News writing: Different writing styles- Broadsheet.

One thought on “Week 10- News writing: Different writing styles- Broadsheet.

  1. tomrowse says:

    A well-researched and written article; the more formal and complex Broadsheet style seems to fit your own way of writing and thinking. As with the tabloid post, this is a strong piece of work – the next step is to regularly broadsheets. Not just to get to grips wit the style, but to carry on your ‘peripheral education’ of building a broad knowledge-base, which is obviously something you have taken to heart. The most obvious thing in this post, and your performance on the course, if you seeking to genuinely understand the reasons for the editorial, narrative and stylistic decisions behind the different types of news. Very encouraging.


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