You can find various types of magazine articles online. The following information shows how different articles can be repurposed or referenced for writing, research, and informational purposes. Article types can be broken down into subtypes as well.
1. Lifestyle Articles
These articles emphasize different lifestyles. Therefore, they can include the following sub-types:
- Health and fitness
- Restaurant reviews
- Entertainment reviews
- Community updates
- Educational options
Lifestyle articles address a certain aspect of a person’s life. For example, a person who must change his or her diet because he or she has heart disease will seek information along these lines.
Single parents may also have specific concerns. Again, these article types fall under the lifestyle category. A woman struggling to take care of a child may need information about day care or similar services.
Do you want to know more about the restaurant that opened in town? If so, a lifestyle article may cover the restaurant’s menu and general atmosphere.
People who would like to know more about a celebrity or politician may read “lifestyle” articles that cover the individual’s likes and dislikes or general viewpoints.
As you can see, lifestyle articles can extend over a broad subject area. Therefore, anyone who is a lifestyle writer may cover a number of topics. Some lifestyle writers only write community reviews or limit their submissions to celebrity news.
2. News Articles
News articles are types of magazine articles that may be featured online or off-line. Articles of this type feature direct and factual content. News articles should be free from personal opinion or bias. Don’t confuse this article with a feature story as it presents information briefly and to the point. The headline only provides enough words to pique the reader’s interest.
What News Articles Cover
News articles cover the following details:
- Basic information
The above content should be conveyed using:
Examples of News Article Titles
The titles below represent the headlines used for previous news articles. You will see that each title conveys a succinct and simple message.
- Spread the Word: Student Council Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness
- School Honors Efforts of First-Year Teachers: Ceremony Held at John Smith High School
- New Parkway Unveiled, Honoring Cyclist
- Runner Receives $500,000 Settlement, Money Donated to Charity
News articles keep to the facts and answer the questions, Who, What, Where, Why, and How.
3. Op-Ed Articles
Op-ed articles are types of magazine articles that permit writers to give an opinion on the editorial page in a magazine or newspaper. Most often, the articles represent the following kinds of subjects:
- Opinions about community concerns
- Opinions that involve an international crisis
- Views on subjects of national interest
Generally, an op-ed article offers an alternative option from a periodical’s editorials. Op-ed writers generally consider themselves experts in the subject. You might say that this type of article balances out the editorial viewpoints of a publication.
Both social and political issues find a forum under the op-ed article category.
4. Original Research Articles
Original research articles represent articles that offer detailed results from original research. Therefore, articles of this type must include the following:
- The background study or studies
- Research methods
- Interpretation of the findings
- A discussion of the major implications
These articles, published in scholarly or professional journals, contain about 3000 to 6000 words.
5. Personality Profiles
Articles in magazines such as People feature personality profiles. These articles focus on the life of the profiled person and take a more in-depth look at his or her achievements. They normally start at the beginning of the person’s life and go from there.
Articles of this type include the following details:
- The eccentricities or quirks of the interviewee
- Major life events of the person
- The person’s strengths
- The interviewee’s accomplishments
Most of these articles provide a great deal of information but do so in a casual way. Readers typically consider them an interesting form of information.
How to Create a Profile Piece
To succeed in creating a profile, the writer must do the following:
- Research the person’s life
- Create salient questions for the person to answer
- Allow the subject to do most of the talking
- Record the interview
- Develop an angle for the article
- Include quotes and highlight the story
- Convey what was said
- Check all the facts and recheck them
People want to be entertained but they also want information that has not been embellished. Therefore, providing an honest account adds impact to a profile piece.
6. Question-and-Answer Types of Articles
These articles represent yet another type of interview article. As the name suggests, writers write these articles based on an interviewee’s answers. This type of article is not meant to analyze a story or build a story around an interviewee’s answers.
The interviewer asks the questions and jots down the interviewee’s answers, centering the article on these facts. While this type of article features an introductory paragraph, the primary format includes questions and answers.
7. Review Articles
Review articles are types of magazine articles that come in various forms and may be used to review the following:
- Travel destinations
- Retail products
- Medicines and medical apparatuses
The Review’s Article Two Main Objectives
Both fact and opinion are included in the format of a review. A review article achieves two objectives:
- It accurately identifies and provides an intelligent and informed opinion of an item, venue, product, or activity.
- It uses a user’s experience combined with research to offer an intelligent and informed opinion.
A review article does not spew out the reviewer’s likes or dislikes about the reviewed topic. It features opinions that have been thoughtfully considered and studied. Therefore, it provides a more precise representation of a subject critically and constructively.
Types of Reviews
Review-type articles consist of the following sub-types:
- Systematic reviews (under 10,000 words). These are used in healthcare studies.
- Meta-analyses. These reviews combine data from more than one study or body of research. These reviews play a major role in processing new studies.
- Literature analyses or narrative reviews (from 8000 words to around 40,000 words).
Regardless of how you format a review, the idea remains the same — to offer a critical and objective opinion of a topic.
As the name suggests, these articles contain no more than 500 words and therefore focus on the target market of a publication. Shorts can therefore cover a wide variety of subjects. While a short can focus on just about any subject, the subject still must be based on a publication’s format.
For instance, a short featured in a magazine may be written for the health and fitness section or cover the magazine’s gardening section. Shorts may be anywhere between 150 and 500 words.
9. Trending Articles
These articles emphasize a trend that increases in momentum or fades over time. Samples of trending articles include the following:
- Real estate content that covers current housing prices
- Statistics concerning current divorce rates
- Facts that highlight the number of people playing video games and their ages
- The numbers of people downloading YouTube videos
Trends may take a nosedive or increase in importance overnight. Therefore, trending articles concentrate on reviewing the up-and-down movements of consumer activity over specific times.
Trends can cover the following topics:
- Retail movement
- Social media activities
Social Media and Trending Content
Today, social media plays a major role as an influencer in trending-type articles. One Internet trends report shows how social media has impacted the creation of content or increased the need for trending articles.
a. Almost 2.5 billion people currently use social media sites.
b. Social messaging influences social media activities.
c. Social messaging benefits businesses.
d. Chatbots are quickly becoming a norm.
e. Traffic referrals have begun to fade.
f. Videos prevail among content use.
g. Businesses currently place a large amount of money into social media ads.
10. Sponsored Content Articles
Articles of this type resemble regular editorials. However, they are created and sponsored by a specific advertiser. Therefore, they are created to promote the advertiser’s product or service. This type of content is also referred to as native advertising.
Types of Native Ads
Native ads or sponsored content may reveal itself in one of several ways. Therefore, you can break these types of magazine articles down into the following:
- Print and online advertorials. These articles fit the style of a publication except that they list the brand.
- Online video advertorials.
- Single-sponsor articles. These articles are all published in one sponsored advertiser publication.
- Branded content. The brand, in this case, defines the published article.
Basically, any sponsored content article or native ad should follow a publication’s editorial policies while meeting a reader’s expectations.
11. Investigative Articles
These articles invite intrigue and excitement as they aim to uncover a deception or the truth about a topic, event, or specific individual. Therefore, the information presented must be verified and accurate and not only list the facts.
These articles can be difficult to write as the journalist or writer may face incidences of hostility or refusals to cooperate. An example of a well-known investigative article is the article written by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal.
To write this type of article, the reporter or author must remain calm under pressure. Also, because most content needs to be timely, a writer must convince an editor that the investigative piece is well worth pursuing. It is always good for a writer to have an advocate in his or her corner when he or she writes this type of piece.
12. How-to Articles
These articles must be specific in scope. They detail step-by-step how to do something or provide information that enables a reader to accomplish an activity. One of the best examples of a how-to article is a recipe.
Writing the Article: What You Want to Accomplish
How-to articles should be formatted so one or more of the following is achieved:
- A solution to a problem is noted.
- Certain questions are answered.
- Steps are featured in the form of bullet points.
- Specific instructions are given.
General Types of How-to Information
A how-to article can assist the reader in learning more about any of the following:
- How to prepare a dessert item
- How to remove a stain
- How to add oil to a car’s engine
- How to learn Spanish more easily
- How to overcome a phobia
Preparing a How-to Draft
To create a great how-to article, the writer should follow six practical steps:
- Select the topic.
- Address the specific interests and needs of the reader.
- Research the topic in depth.
- Tighten and polish the draft so it is clear and easy for the reader to understand. Read the steps to make sure that they make sense.
- Make the content as specific as possible.
- Read the content, make revisions, re-read the content, and edit again.
When you follow the above steps, any how-to article will be as easy to read as it is educational.
13. Long Articles
Long articles represent content that ranges from 700 to 3000 words in length. The style of writing normally covers a reading level of eighth to tenth grade. Long articles enable a subject matter expert to present a great deal of information on a specific subject. They provide more complex details and follow a format that includes several subtitles. These articles, when formatted correctly (with bullet points and subtitles), provide a great deal of info that can be digested in a short manner of time.
14. Short Articles
These types of magazine articles, designed for blogs, generally are between 500 and 700 words long. These articles are formatted so they feature three to five sentences in each paragraph. Short articles are normally written by writers who are not subject matter experts. These articles are typically written for readers who read at a fourth-grade reading level. Keep all short articles precise and to the point.
15. Letters to the Editor
These articles are letters written by readers of certain newspapers and magazines. Editors consider this content important as it gives them a better idea of reader views.
Bigger periodicals are usually more selective about the letters they print. Smaller magazines, on the other hand, may print each letter received. Generally, editors do not necessarily want to receive these letters for reasons of public discourse. Rather, they invite letters to promote a higher readership.