The Language of News Reporting Research Paper by Nicky

The Language of News Reporting
Analysis of the language used in reporting.
# 149248 | 2,547 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2011 in Communication (Journalism) , Communication (Language and Speech)

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This paper presents an analysis of the process of communication in journalism and how it influences the style of the reported text. It further discusses how the text of the journalism and the audience of journalism have an integrating and two-way impact on how each is influenced. Additionally, the paper discusses the actual format of a news item, highlighting the most frequently used methods in the opening of a story, its body and the conclusion. Various examples of news stories are presented which exemplify the different approaches to news writing. The paper concludes by suggesting that further study is needed in the area of global standards of journalistic writing. Two appendices are included in the paper.


Body: Practical Analysis and Explanation of Language in News
Stylistic Analysis of Language in News
Words and their Usage
Text Structure: Inverted Pyramid

From the Paper:

"For instance, one of the most significant ways that the communicative patterns of the audience has influenced the news reporting style is the fact that now most r\news reposting conforms to the norms of spoken language instead of the norms or standards of written language. This is so because of the huge influence that the growth of TV and radio has had on the overall inclination of the communicative standards of the masses. People want to read familiar terms and easier or informal language that they wouldn't have to necessarily interpret but instead automatically decipher. This results in most reporters using the language that, perhaps 5 or 6 decades ago, was not encouraged in journalistic writing.
"Mostly, when talking about journalism in the English language, the opening in most hard news or soft news stories has a tow-fold meaning that includes both the heading and the first sentence in the opening paragraph of the story a.k.a. lead. Usually a 'kicker' or a subheading is used directly below the headline (as exhibited in Appendix A and B) to further strengthen the opening of any news story and make it more encompassing and complete. It is common for the headline and the lead to be exactly similar in the context being represented as well as the language or sentence structure being used."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bagnall, N. Newspaper Language (= Journalism media manual). Oxford: Focal Press. 1999.
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  • Carter, R. & Nash, W. Seeing through language: a guide to styles of English writing. London: Blackwell. 1990.
  • Crystal, D. & Davy, D. Investigating English style. London: Longman. 1969.
  • Ghadessy, M. (ed.) The registers of written English: situational factors and linguistic factors. London: Francis Pinter. 1988.

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