I need to find a correct use of articles in English translation of the title of my work, written in my native language.

The politician in question is simply a well known MP, not a president or PM. Which one is correct?

(1) Media image of a politician Name Surname in BBC Radio

(2) Media image of the politician Name Surname in BBC Radio

Is the last one correct?

Thank you.

  • You could use either "a politician" or "the politician" depending on context (is it someone you were previously discussing, or just a politician you happened to have an image of?), but neither sentence sounds very natural. I'm not sure what you mean by "in BBC Radio" - do you mean an image of the politician in the radio studio? "at BBC Radio" might be clearer. It would be better to say "photo/photograph" if it's a photo, although I guess it could be a cartoon/caricature.
    – Stuart F
    Dec 8, 2022 at 11:34
  • Media image as of how the media viewed the politician while BBC Radio is the source or information. I know it doesn’t sound very natural, I’m aiming for a direct translation from my native language
    – slunko
    Dec 8, 2022 at 11:45
  • I now wonder if a missing indefinite article before "Media image" may confuse readers that the work will be about a photo or picture rather than a series of recorded audio commentaries in BBC Radio, making an overall media image of the politician
    – slunko
    Dec 8, 2022 at 12:06
  • If it's a title, you can generally drop all articles: Media Image of Politician Joe Blow on BBC Radio.
    – gotube
    Dec 8, 2022 at 13:39
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    @gotube It’s a title for my bachelor thesis, I hope it will stand. Thank you for your suggestion, it sounds so well without any articles. I’ll use on as a prepostion.
    – slunko
    Dec 8, 2022 at 14:49

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Just so this does not go unanswered this brings together fragments from the comments.

gotube suggested that the correct preposition was on the radio not in the radio

Both gotube and I felt that titles could dispense with articles but now that it has been clarified that this is the title of an academic thesis more formality might be appropriate so the title would read

Media image of the politician Name Surname on BBC Radio

It is a specific politician so the is best, using a politician with their name is rather contradictory.

  • The OP said: Title of my work. How can "the politician Name Surname" refer to a "title of my work"??
    – Lambie
    Dec 9, 2022 at 15:11

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