A news magazine is simply a printed, typed, and broadcast magazine, either on radio, television or the web, typically broadcasted weekly, containing content about current events. It can be written or read as a paper journal and/or cross-listed in a newspaper. It is very different from a daily newspaper, in that a news magazine will usually feature featured stories instead of the day’s headlines. Some of the most popular magazines are the Financial Times (also known as the FT), Time Magazine (also known as the Time), CNN/CNN Highlights (also known as the CTR), Fox News/ CNBC, and USA Today.
A news magazine also has sections devoted to breaking news, reviews of books and other merchandise, local news, sports news, entertainment news, and more. News magazines are distributed through newsstands or news agencies. Many online news sites have also expanded into the business sector, by offering news content on their websites. In addition to newspapers, some magazines offer internet delivery, through email or RSS feeds.
The purpose and format of a news magazine will vary according to the type of media involved. For example, a print magazine can be almost any length, but often the front-page feature article is the most lengthy and is designed to be read as a single article. A web-based magazine, on the other hand, can be shorter (sometimes with several shorter articles) and may be web-based through an online portal. In both cases, the intended reader will not need to wait for the next page to see what is new. On television, news broadcasts are often followed by news reports in local media stations or on national news networks. Both of these formats can be used in a news magazine, but are not limited to it.
While the purpose of a news magazine is generally to provide readers with current and timely information, it can often be used for political or even entertainment news. Current events are often the subject matter of news reports, as well. Entertainment news is the type of news that tends to put entertainment-related events in the news, instead of purely factual reporting. This can include breaking news or interviews with celebrities, as well as movies or game-of-the-week recaps. It can also cover entertainment news regarding new gadgets, movies, or TV shows that have been debuting recently.
Although the aim of most news magazines is to provide the general public with newsworthy information, they can also sometimes be used for controversial reporting. The New York Times has run pieces on both sides of the abortion issue, for example, while Fox News has featured prominent guest voices opposing the use of drugs in treating young children with autism. Other news publications have run pieces about controversial topics, including the missing Malaysian flight, then cancer treatment, and the tragic tsunami that hit the Asian countries of Indonesia and Malaysia. A notable feature that many news magazines tend to report on is the legal system, especially criminal cases. Many publications also cover issues related to the environment, such as global warming, genetically modified foods, asbestos disposal, genetically modified food crops, and other such topics.
As news magazines continue to grow in popularity, more people are looking to find out the latest news around the world. The Internet is also a great source for reading up on world affairs, and individuals can also download free newsreaders from a variety of news websites. By reading a news magazine regularly, readers will learn a great deal more about certain world affairs than they would by simply watching the nightly news.