Similar articles and secondary sources

Plastic pollution is currently under a lot of media scrutiny and so when looking for articles on the topic there are multiple examples. There are many news outlets that report on the topic and online is a particularly good platform to publish articles about the issue.

A recent article in the Independent states how ocean plastic is set to triple within the decade. They use primary sources from scientific backgrounds and charities like Greenpeace which are very similar to my primary sources of marine biologists and people within the charity Surfers Against Sewage.

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The layout of the Independents article is typical of the inverted pyramid structure that is seen in many articles. The use of photographs however is limited to the slideshow towards the end. I intend to split my article into sections, with a single powerful image at the start of each and to also include a short slideshow.

The use of multimedia is typical of online publications, including video breaks up the words and adds some way to interact with the piece.

A similar article on the National Geographic site is very similar in structure, using experts of plastic pollution as primary sources.

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Again the use of images is fairly limited to a slideshow, whilst I believe that it is a good thing to use I feel as though I will have single images throughout my piece, to break up the article and also to highlight the damage plastic has on the environment.

National Geographic use multiple secondary sources which come in the form of scientific journals and their findings, this is very similar to what I will use along with government statistics about recycling and companies production of plastic.

The majority of sources for both articles come from scientific backgrounds along with ocean conservation charities found in the Independent. I have already interviewed people from both backgrounds for my piece, along with local government representatives in Leeds.

With regards to the photographs I recently found a picture article in the Guardian that I had not previously seen. However, it seems as though I have taken a very similar approach to the photographers involved with my own work. All credit for the photographs goes to Will Rose/Greenpeace. A few examples of the photography can be seen below:

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These photographs show the damage that plastic does to the natural world on our coasts, the efforts that people put in to attempt to reduce these damages and the stunning beauty of the oceans themselves.

I decided to take a very similar approach to the photographs that I took.

The layout of the article is interesting by only using a small amount of text to support the photographs which tell a powerful story on their own.

I cannot use this same style but intend to use single images throughout the article as said previously and this example from the Guardian showcases some brilliant photography on the same topic.


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