The news media is a form of mass media that focus on delivering daily news to the general public. There are annual reports about economics, business, corruption, politics, natural disasters and wars to celebrities and sports. The media variate a lot from each other. Some are liberal, and some are conservative. Some focus on local news, some focus on the whole nation and others like to set their news worldwide. Many countries have the freedom of speech and press, but there are a few that have not been granted those kinds of rights. The differences of the media create a variety of news reports from different countries and media.
I have looked at some front pages of different media like LA times, the Guardian, Al-Jazeera, CNN, BBC and the Australian. It was interesting to see the differences between them. I did a little bit of research and I found out that some of them focus on similar topics. The Guardian and BBC are very similar, it is expected because both of them are British news media. As we know, the British media are pretty international and gives out news reports around the world. They are very fast and keep themselves updated, so they can provide interesting topics for their audience. The British media deliver a variety of international and global reports. It can be about sports, politics, business, massacre and everything in general. I was expecting The LA Times and CNN to be similar too, because both of the media are reported from the US but surprisingly they were very different. CNN goes into the same global topics as BBC and The Guardian, whereas The LA Times focus on local news of their state of California.
The last two, Al-Jazeera and The Australian, are very different and at the same time different. Both of them have a certain area that they like to focus their topics on. The Australian is a nationwide news media that reports news about their country. They do have some global news but set their eyes on Australia most of their time. Al-Jazeera on the other hand pay the particular attention to incidents and occurrences around the middle eastern and the rest of Asia.
I have looked into the different media where I tried to find the difference between their new on their website and on their social media. I would say that The Guardian and Al-Jazeera stayed true to themselves on social media as on their website. The Guardian take a focus on politics both in their website and social media. The same goes for Al-Jazeera with the reports about massacres, war and the aftermath of it. BBC and CNN on the other hand, are very different from website to their social media. Both usually focus on politics, massacre and natural disasters, but shows a different side of them in their social media account. BBC focus a lot more of natural disasters and human rights, whereas CNN focus on celebrities and famous people. My thought of it is that I think they want to use news that is more suitable for their viewers. They probably try to target the youth since Instagram and Facebook have many young users.
The topic about Brexit have been a quite issue the last few days and many of the media show a lot of attentiveness about the topic especially BBC and the guardian because both of them are British and have to give their audience the annual reports. I recently read two articles about Prime Minister Theresa May asking for an extension to 30th June. Each article from different media. I would say that both of them are very alike. They have a very advanced vocabulary and language in their article, so it’s clearly written for those who are a bit more mature. Both of them are very critical and evaluative against Prime minister May’s action. The difference is that they have a different way of showing it. Even if BBC is a bit critical, they appear to be neutral to the case but question Mrs. May’s choices by using statements from her components and the previous choices she made. An example is “But, this being Theresa May, it’s a plan she has previously proposed – and which has already been rejected. It’s likely the EU will reject it again and offer a longer extension, with the ability to leave earlier if Parliament agrees a deal.”
Unlike BBC, the Guardian appears to be more straightforward about their opinion in this case. It is very clear when the first paragraph goes like: “It is another week where Theresa May must make seemingly impossible demands of her cabinet, her party, Labour MPs and EU negotiators.”
All opinions are mine and made by me. I do not claim that this is the right statement, but simply want to express my feelings and thought about it.
If you want to read the articles that I talked about earlier, you can check the links below.
The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/07/asking-the-impossible-can-may-keep-her-brexit-deal-alive