An unexpected incident took place in London near Parliament last night around 17:00. A fire broke out on the streets of London, causing mass panic and resulted in 20 casualties: 5 fatally injured and 10 critically. Luckily the police and emergency services were able to get to the scene in 10 minutes and were therefore able to prevent any further injuries occurring.
Many are taking to twitter and speculating on what could’ve been an act of Arson, some creating conspiracies that it wasn’t an accident, some referencing cases like Grenfell tower fire (which also occurred in London) but on a much lesser scale. Critics have contemplated this event being linked to an act of rebellion against our parliament as it was within a mile from the area.
When writing an article piece it is vital that the language used is easily understood, as it is accessible to any types of audiences and ,as a paper, you want to appeal to as many audiences as possible. Although many newspapers do have target audiences in mind when creating a paper, it’s still better to have lexical choices simple enough for any reader. Secondly, the main purpose of a newspaper is to inform people about what’s going on in the world. Therefore, they need to have the referential function, which comes from including a headline which both intrigues or ‘hooks’ the reader into wanting to read the rest of the article while also being able to inform the reader quickly what content they can expect in the article. By using these declarative statements in my article, it’s easy for the readers to know what’s happened from an un-bias source.