The mass media today is a subject of study of sociolinguistics. On the example of modern press it becomes possible to trace the actual processes taking place in society. This article deals with the language of modern English journalism by the example of the reflection of the theme of 'COVID-19' in various publications. The article deals with the main functional and typological features of the modern media discourse, as well as tendencies in journalism development in the age of the Internet. The distinctive features of the English language journalistic style are revealed. The article describes the analysis of materials from several popular editions (The Guardian, BBC News, The Sun) united by the theme 'COVID-19'. Linguistic and structural features of the texts, ways of presentation of information and impact on public opinion are considered. The ways of building the title, drawing and accentuating the reader's attention are considered, the similarities and differences between the presentation of information in the quality press and tabloids are studied, the conclusions about the different ways of influencing different target audiences are made. The methods of quotation and implicit expression of the author's attitude to the stated positions are considered. The conclusions were made about different strategies of influencing the reader in journalism, where, on the one hand, the informative function, fact-checking and raising awareness about the pandemic becomes especially relevant, and, on the other hand, the methods of attracting attention based on the shock factor are used. General conclusions have been made about the state and trends of journalism development in the Internet age.
Kovsh, E.V. & Kutnyaya, А.O. (2020). The language of modern English press: corpus research. Issues of Applied Linguistics, 39, 56-82.