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Types of Periodicals: Commentary/Opinion

Uses and features of journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Types of Periodicals

Commentary/Opinion Periodical Characteristics

  • Commentary on political & social issues
  • Often source of specific political viewpoint, e.g., conservative, liberal, or specific interest group
  • Speeches & interviews
  • Often substantial book reviews

Screenshot from: Johnson, C. G., & Armstrong, K. (2016). This boy's life. Mother Jones, 41(1), 42-59.

  • Written for a general, educated audience

Screenshot from: Johnson, C. G., & Armstrong, K. (2016). This boy's life. Mother Jones, 41(1), 42-59.

Often display the greatest variety of authors:

  • writers
  • journalists
  • specialists
  • members of the sponsoring organization

Screenshot from: Johnson, C. G., & Armstrong, K. (2016). This boy's life. Mother Jones, 41(1), 42-59.

  • Highly variable
  • Sources often cited but full documentation is not always provided

Screenshot from: Johnson, C. G., & Armstrong, K. (2016). This boy's life. Mother Jones, 41(1), 42-59.

  • Commercial/trade publishers
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Varies
  • Some have graphics, color and ads

Screenshot from: Johnson, C. G., & Armstrong, K. (2016). This boy's life. Mother Jones, 41(1), 42-59.

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