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Differences Between Journals, Magazines and Newspapers

  RESEARCH JOURNALS POPULAR MAGAZINES NEWSPAPERS
Examples

Current Research in Social Psychology

Environmental Research

The Internet TESL Journal

Time

Newsweek

Sports Illustrated

Glamour

Arizona Republic

New York Times

Washington Post

Wall Street Journal

Value and Uses
  • Reports of original research
  • In-depth analysis of topics
  • Lengthy articles
  • Statistical information
  • Current events and news
  • Brief, factual information
  • Short articles
  • Interviews
  • News stories
  • Current information
  • Local and regional focus
  • Analysis and opinion of current events
Authors Researchers, academics, scholars Journalists Journalists
Sources Footnotes and bibliographies Original sources can be obscure Sources are rarely cited in full
Publishers Professional organizations, universities, research institutes, and scholarly presses Commercial / trade publisher Commercial / trade publisher
Graphics
  • Graphs, charts, and tables
  • Ads are very rare
  • Many graphics and photos
  • Many full-page color ads
  • Photos, graphics, and charts
  • Many ads