International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Comparative Study of Urdu and English Newspaper Headlines Of Pakistan: Different Representation, Same News
Shema Bukhari

This study evaluates the reporting of major bomb blasts in Pakistan within few months of the inception of the present government. It’s important to comprehend how the print news media, is handling and reporting certain events. Since news media has a powerful role to play in modern world, it’s vital to understand how media portrays same events in different perspective. Essentially, this paper analyzes the news headlines through critical discourse analysis, from 2 daily English and Urdu newspapers respectively from June to September 2013. It also expounds how a same event is reported differently based on the respective news media ideology, thus focusing on the agenda-setting aspect of the news. Urdu newspapers, which enjoy a larger readership, mostly sensationalize the news, whereas English newspapers adopt a milder tone. Through Critical Discourse Analysis it has become clearer that even the headlines have varied interpretations based on the newspaper.

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