Year 10 ESL: Comparing Newspaper Bias


In your groups check your homework findings about the newspaper articles.

  1. What kinds of language were used for the rioters?
  2. What is the effect on a reader?

Guardian - Nagi, Ryotaro, Harry, Beomsoo

Telegraph - Henry, Julia, Elysees


Representation is way something is shown or 're-presented' in the media.

Think about how rioters are represented in your newspaper.

  • What names are they called?
  • What are they described as doing?
  • What is missing from the report?

Other representations

Look at your tables for the police and the UK government.

  • Which words are used to describe them and their actions?
  • How does each newspaper represent them?

Left Wing

Left wing beliefs are usually progressive in nature, they look to the future, aim to support those who cannot support themselves, are idealist and believe in equality. People who are left wing believe in taxation to redistribute opportunity and wealth - things like a national health service, and job seeker’s allowance are fundamentally left wing ideas. They believe in equality over the freedom to fail.

Right Wing

Right wing beliefs value tradition, they are about equity, survival of the fittest, and they believe in economic freedom. They typically believe that business shouldn’t be regulated, and that we should all look after ourselves. Right wing people tend believe they shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s education or health service. They believe in freedom to succeed over equality.

Writing Task

Imagine that you are either...

  • A parent of a rioter
  • The spouse of a police officer
  1. How would you react to the representations in either of the newspapers?
  2. Which words would you feel are unfair?

Make a list of the words you would find offensive (objectionable) and make quick notes as to why.

Writing a complaint letter

Use the guide below to plan and write a complaint letter to the Editor of one of the newspapers.

Adding your own views, opinions and ideas on the riot will make your letter stronger.