Scholarly or General?: General / Popular

Distinguishing features of scholarly journals and general magazines.

General

 

   

 

 

General Magazines
Appearance Color photographs, visually appealing, ads.
Audience General public.
Author Staff or freelance writer.
Content Current events and special features.
References Rarely cite sources.
Also Called Popular magazines.

News

   

 

 

News & Analysis

Appearance

Attractive in format; many are in newspaper format. Heavily illustrated;  include photographs, ads.

Audience

Broad audience of concerned citizens.

Author

Editorial staff, scholar, freelance writer.

Content

Information, news, and analysis of current events.

References

Most often do not cite sources.

Sensational

        

 

 

Sensational Magazines

Appearance

Colorful photos, newspaper format, sensational headlines.

Audience

General public (but tabloids assume a certain gullibility).

Author

Staff or freelance writer.

Content

Arouses curiosity,  inflames, astonishes, sells ads.

References

Never cite sources.

Also Called

Tabloids.