The case of Madeleine McCann has many topics surrounding it, Therfore i have chosen a newspaper article which claims that a british woman had spotted Madeleline in a town named ‘leh’ in Northern India.
Generally when you publish an article via a newspaper the two primary functions of a missing person case would be to inform and educate their audience of recent happenings in a case.
The language used is very basic and factual. For instance instead of writing about the parents stating its not their child because the child spotted was six years old and Madeleine would be nine the sentence read – ‘Spokesman Clarence Mitchell said the couple were ‘certain’ the girl was not Madeleine, who would now be eight-years-old.’ The sentence structure is solid especially when using the noun phrase ‘The girl’ as the definate article is used indicating that is it factual that a girl was spotted, also using numerics such as ‘six’ and ‘eight’ years old shows formal and factual data which is iconic of newspapers.
When writing for news articles tend to be short and to the point, this article is exactley that. (Around 300 words) Using Large images to portray a sence of dispair amongst the parents which is what photography within news articles generally do, portray whats happening through a picture telling the story first before the article itself.
Typically the viewpoint used within news is a strange subject. Broadsheet newspapers such as The Times and The Independent tend to be mutual and just tell the story or facts as they are, wereas tabloid newspapers such as The sun have a biased opinion and have been known to judge Madeleines parents for her dissapearance. However, The mail online happens to be a informative and innovative paper and therefore there no bias but, the piece is specifically wrote about Madeleines parents not believing the child spotted was theirs and therefore it becomes acceptable for there to be a strong viewpoint/angle.