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Characteristics of a popular magazine or periodical

Sep.22 2017

•Popular periodicals, such as Newsweek, are intended for a general audience. You don’t need any special knowledge or skills to understand the articles in the magazine. You just need to be able to read at a basic level.

•Articles in popular magazines are written by journalists who have training as journalists, but may not have specialized training in the subject they are writing about. For example, a journalist can write about a biochemistry topic or a complex economic theory without any degrees in chemistry or economics.

•Popular articles do not always cite their sources. The writers will not always tell you where they get their statistics or facts.

•Popular magazines exist to make money. The drive for profit affects what they publish and put on the cover.

•Popular magazines have lots of advertising and glossy pictures. Think about bridal or sports magazines