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What are the differences between magazines and newspapers?

Newspapers and magazines are print publications issued at regular intervals over time. The organization of the editorial board and the dynamics of their work are the basis for the division according to which on one side are daily newspapers, while on the other are weekly newspapers and magazines.

Daily newspapers

For daily newspapers, the method of receiving news from domestic and foreign agencies requires special equipment for receiving text and images as well as their inclusion in the system.
Preparation for printing is typical and deviates from the established scheme in the case of special supplements dedicated to certain events that attract more attention of readers, cultural and sports accessories. When these supplements are designed in accordance with the intended range of readers, respecting their interests, there is a significant increase in demand for newspapers.

What are the differences between magazines and newspapers?

Weekly newspapers and magazines

When editing weekly newspapers or magazines, the periodicity of publishing of these issues allows for different processing of information and achieving greater thematic unity of the articles presented.
Magazines are publications that publish texts of interest to the public whose attention is directed to a particular issue. The area covered by this issue is limited on the one hand by segments of daily life, while, on the other, there are topics related to the most recent professional activities.

  • magazines that cover the culture of daily life,
  • fashion magazines,
  • sports magazines,
  • editions that cover various skills (craft or art),
  • magazines dedicated to all kinds of hobbies,
  • magazines dedicated to industry,
  • popular science magazines,
  • scientific journals and
  • political life magazines.

Although the basic contours of the magazine's area of interest have been outlined in this section, the division is certainly not conclusive. If the area and subject matter covered by these issues is taken as the basic criterion for the definition and division of magazines and newspapers, the strict boundary between these two types of graphic products cannot be determined. Periodicals can by definition be classified as periodicals.
The basic parameters of the breakdown of these issues can be found in the way information is received and processed into articles, inventory features, marketing access, and distribution and sales methods.
By summarizing the basic features of the edition with the requirements of the client the main elements of the construction of the edition are obtained. The following list of items is valid for magazines and for weekly newspapers.

  • issue format,
  • text format on the page,
  • volume of issue,
  • circulation,
  • method of connecting the block and
  • type of cover.

Other elements of the construction of the edition, such as the choice of a letter for the basic text, headings and subheadings, letter size, spacing, margins, text highlighting, beginning and end of the text, the layout of drawings, pagination, etc., can be determined in two ways.
One option would be to set universal rules for editing the issue. The second way is to mount and record the already finished pages, received by the client.
If we focus on one particular type of magazine, the design elements, as well as the flow of the technological process, can be determined by the choice of printing type and the characteristics of the issue. Determining the area of interest and determining the potential reading circle is the initial stage in setting the technical and aesthetic-artistic parameters for the creation of the edition. Proof of this statement can be derived through a comparative analysis of scientific and professional journals whose thematic nuance is a true source of examples of functional connection of the characteristics of the magazine with the field to which it belongs, the market segment, advertising, and other commercial effects.
Scientific and professional journals covering the same field may differ in the way they approach the issue. The narrower expert approach calls for the receipt of material that is subject to rigorous reviews, the basic criteria of which are related to the scientific contribution of the submitted papers. In addition to the professional part, these journals also have an informative section, which usually contains information on various meetings devoted to topics consistent with the basic orientations of the journal. The ad section can find information (publisher, pricing volume, etc.) on the latest publications that treat the issue area. Only in rare cases can advertisements for equipment or individual components of devices related to industrial plants or laboratory devices used in the area covered by the magazine be found. The material of this edition is full of tables, graphs, sketches, scattered images and formulas.
In addition to this type of scientific and professional journals, there are types of publications that, in addition to scientific and professional papers, have articles that provide information on the various fields in which a given branch of industry is provided. One of the parts is the often present articles on corporate news, which include information on acquired technologies of companies, investments made in the field of research, penetration into new markets, personnel changes, etc. The inventory is much larger than that of the previous type of magazine, which is in line with the accentuated commercial character that most often represents the basic motive for launching a similar issue. Scientific and professional papers published in these journals make a minor contribution to scientific thought, while technical solutions that contribute to production efficiency have a prominent place in the works and in some cases are related to the marketing part of the journal.

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