Malala

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The purpose of this essay is to observe the differences between news reports on Malala Yousafzai from the British Broadcasting Corporation and the NZ Herald. In recognising the differences between these two articles it raises the question of what truth in journalism is. This essay will analyse the quotes that are used and the titles of the articles to show how certain factors alter the perception of a person. The news reports that have been chosen are found online and have been published around similar dates. By choosing similar forms and times of publication we can assume that disparity between the two articles is based primarily on the differences in countries, authors and interests of the editor.

Mishal Husain is the journalist for the
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Husain uses the sentence ‘the girl who was shot for going to school’. It is simplistic, unemotive and relies upon a eurocentric readership as the right to education is a value of European society. This insinuates the target audience is Eurocentric as it relies upon those values to be appealing to readership. The target audience for Usborne’s article is similar though has an alternative approach. The use of ‘Malala symbol of hope a year on’ as a title relies upon the target audience holding a similar ideal in regards to Malala. It also uses a much more vague and grandiose title to make Malala appear as a figurehead. It makes it appealing news to westernized culture as viral content appeals to the idea of celebrity. It has been noted that the changes in media content have resulted in content diversity (Papacharissi, 2009). This suggests that the practice of journalism has resulted in perception from readers being able to navigate through the various perspectives of …show more content…
Both journalists use quotes from the Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai. Usborne uses Ziauddin quote “she can do more than a doctor” to build her up as an individual. Husain instead uses a quote that describe the impact of Malala’s struggle to smile. Husain attempts to see a deeper struggle to humanize Malala. She uses another quote “it’s very easy to understand in a 15 year old” in regards to Malala’s struggle with her appearance. Usborne alternatively uses the voices of powerful people and organizations to amplify Malala’s importance. Usborne references Mariane Pearl and Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. He also references to the interviews Malala has done with the new organizations BBC, ABC and CNN. This evokes the sense that the news organizations are a greater authority. Husain does also use quotes to build up Malala’s character, such as a former British Prime Minister who notes her as a symbol of hope and courage. The article by Husain also demystifies the people or events by giving images to certain aspects of the article. For instance a titanium plate similar to what would have been placed within Malala’s head as a replacement for her skull is shown. An image of one of her classmates is shown as well as an image of Malala and her father. By Husain using various kinds of quotes and images it appears as more balanced

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