The world of journalism is very wide as there are numerous modes of convening news and information from one place to another. There is the broadcast media and there is print. There is newspaper as well as magazine. However, our discussion shall center on the different types of magazine as an agent of mass communication.
If you need mouth-watering styles sewed by the world-renowned tailors or confirm tips on how to decorate a house, the best place to check is the magazines. Why because Magazine as a periodical is specifically design for tips, guide and events compared to newspaper that focus much on news information.
What is Magazine?
A magazine is a kind of periodical that is published on a gloss-coated paper or in some cases, electronically published — fondly called an online magazine. It often contains news event, tips, information, pictures and most often, business and financial analysis.
Generally, magazines are published on a certain schedule; it may be weekly, monthly, bi-annual or yearly with varieties of content. Most importantly, magazines are usually financed via the purchase price, prepaid subscriptions, advertising and/or a combination of all.
Equally, magazine stays longer on the shelf than it counterpart because of the paper quality used in magazine production. Albeit you may pay more before you can get a magazine, but it’ll be a perfect companion for you when embarking on a journey.
Different Types of Magazine
Actually, understanding the kinds or different magazine types will assist you greatly in locating the class of periodicals you enjoy reading the most. After all, magazines are usually published on every possible subject; you could imagine.
So it’s immaterial whether you are passionate about styles, fashion, cars or bikes, there are numerous list of magazines that are published and tailored for the exact information you really need about bikes or fashion, so knowing the types, kinds or categories of magazine can only safe you the stress of going through all available periodicals.
Without further ado, it’s very important we discuss the different types of magazine and their essentials; among them are:
- General Interest Magazines
The general interest magazines encapsulate on all events and occurrence that are of human interest. It is generally published for a wide reader with focus on many different areas or subjects.
Every single general interest magazine out there is tailored for a certain enthusiast target audience. It is not only fun and interesting to read but also offer use information on topics and ideas where every common man would love to glance through.
Regular news writers, freelancers and several editors write stories, articles and opinions on magazines with lots of pictures and photographs accompany it. Fashion or entertainment in general, viewpoint promotion, product sale and latest happenings are the focal points behind all the general interest magazines.
- Scholarly Magazines
This kind of magazine focuses mainly on academics. With it, you will be exposed to many subjects, fields and areas with in-depth information on every single one of them.
The way and manner in which information is being tabled and provided in scholarly magazines is very standard and different to that of general interest magazine but so much like a text book.
In scholarly magazines, you will only find graphs, charts and illustrations rather than pictures and photographs — except where necessary. However, it’s important to note that the main purpose of publishing scholarly magazines is to teach and provide help in field works and researches.
- Sensational Magazines
Up next on the list are sensational magazines. This class of magazines is design and formatted like a newspaper. They are thin but yet, larger in size than any other categories of magazine. It’s fondly called the tabloid.
More often than not, the sensational magazines are considered to thrive well when it comes to creating a stir. Freelancers and regular content writers virtually generate unique contents which are more picturesque rather than stories.
Also, flashy headlines are mostly used in other to catch it readers’ attention. However, the central focus of this kind of magazines is on celebrity stunts and amazing stories.
- News Magazine
This type of periodicals is usually published weekly or fortnightly. It’s more or less a newspaper because its central focus is on the latest news and happenings around the world.
Articles and stories on situation, business, politics, economics, industry, sports, religion and more are published. Common examples include; The Herald, Times and Weekly Pulse.
- High Class Magazines
As the name implies, high class magazines are magazines that are usually aimed at a specific class of audiences. Its contents appeal only to some selected few. Also, it is a periodical meant for the serious minded fellows as it offers high level of reporting as well as emphasis on literacy, social value, ethical, scientific problems or politics.
- Magazines of Men’s Interest
Magazines that are of interest to men only is a class of magazines that is related to sports, fashion, photos, love stories, etc. Although women may also read this magazine, they’ll eventually find it boring as its contents are only appealing to men.
- Technical Magazines
Technical magazines are another set of periodicals that are published for some specialized sections of individuals in the society. Any Magazine that focuses on engineering field, medicine, farming, gardening, etc., belong to this class.
- The In-house Magazine
In-house Magazines are magazines that are majorly published by companies, firm, organizations and the likes. They are often distributed out to their target audiences — mostly stakeholders, employees and customers — free of charge.
The rationale behind this category of magazine is to present and explain the use of the various products or services the company is offering. However, most organization do saddle the responsibility of producing this magazine to their public relation department.
- Literary Magazine
Literary magazine is often produced by group of literati and poets as it features there literary work like poems, book review, analysis and critics among others. Often, they accept contributions from various authors that have interest in publishing their short works purposely for by-lines.
- Religious Magazine
In the same vein, the religious magazine is a magazine that is focused on a specific religion. It usually contains sermons or preaches analysis of the Holy Books, history of the prophets and many more.
- Sports Magazine
Sport magazine is very common and popular as it deals with the latest happenings in the world of soccer, cricket, golf, tennis, pool, motor racing, etc. It talks about features, analysis of previous games, sport news, rumors and transfer gist, etc.
- Children Magazine
An adult cannot find children magazines interesting because they are not meant for the adults consumptions. These magazines are strictly for kids as it contains riddles, puzzles, animation, cartoons, jokes, caricature and all other children things.
Summary – Types of Magazine
In the long, it’s very vital to note that the above explained are the few different types of magazine that are popular and cover every type of events and stories. Remember that magazine as a type of periodical is quite different from newspaper in terms of contents, publication, paper type and cost.
By now, you should be able to identify and differentiate the general interest magazine from the scholarly or news magazine. And you must have understood now that sensational magazines focus mainly on celebrities while in-house magazines are always distributed for free.