News Research Assignment- Russian Meteor Shower

The recent news story I chose to research was the meteor shower in Russia that occurred on 15th February 2013. I found two separate news articles covering this story, one from the BBC and one from The Independent.

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This article on the BBC News website uses small one/two sentence paragraphs, to keep the reader interested as well as a video news report to accompany the story. These both make the article more accessible to a wider audience. There are also several eyewitness accounts which make the story well informed and researched. The addresser of this text would be the writer, an unknown reporter for the BBC. The addressee of the text would be the broad target audience of the article, mainly adults who are interested in current affairs.

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This article on The Independent website uses longer paragraphs, more similar to newspaper columns. This article also uses eyewitness statements making it trustworthy and informed. The Independent also allows members of the website to comment and reflect their opinions on articles. This gives the site a more social network feel. The addresser of this text would be the reporter, Roland Oliphant. The addressee of the text would again be the broad target audience, adults who perhaps often read The Independent newspaper.


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