A newsmagazine, sometimes called news magazine, is usually a weekly magazine featuring articles or segments on current events. News magazines generally go more in-depth into stories than newspapers or television news, trying to give the reader an understanding of the context surrounding important events, rather than just the facts.
Print news magazines
Major news magazines in print include:
Television news magazines
Television news magazines provide a similar service to print news magazines, but their stories are presented as short television documentaries rather than written articles.
These broadcasts serve as an alternative in covering certain issues more in-depth than regular newscasts. The formula, first established by W-FIVE on CTV in 1966, is very successful and that program remains one of CTV's highest-rated programs.
- Dateline NBC (United States)
- 20/20 (United States)
- 60 Minutes (United States)
- 48 Hours (United States)
- Primetime (United States)
- Inside Edition (United States)
- Business Nation on CNBC (United States)
- CW Now (United States}
- The Fifth Estate (Canada)
- This Hour Has Seven Days (Canada)
- W-FIVE (Canada)
- Global Sunday (Canada)
- Probe (Philippines)
- Reporter's Notebook (Philippines)
- Kastljós (Iceland)
- Domingo Espetacular (Brazil)
- Fantástico (Brazil)
- Tagesthemen (Germany)
- Panorama (United Kingdom)
- Contacto (Chile)
- Informe Especial (Chile)
- Séptimo día (Colombia)
- BCN Week (Spain)
Television news magazines provide several stories not seen on regular newscasts, including celebrity profiles, coverage of big businesses, hidden camera techniques, better international coverage, exposing and correcting injustices, in-depth coverage of a headline story, and hot topic interviews.
In the United States, television news magazines were very popular in the 1990s, since they were a cheap and easy way to better utilize the investment in network news departments. Television news magazines once aired five nights a week on most television networks.http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=1706 However, with the success of reality shows, news magazines have largely been supplanted. Reality shows cost slightly less to produce and attain a younger and more loyal audience than the news magazines they replaced. Thus, the audience once attracted to news magazine shows have largely drifted to cable television, where common news magazine topics such as nature, science, celebrities, and politics all have their own channels.
Radio news magazines
Radio news magazines are similar to television news magazines. Unlike radio newscasts, which are typically about five minutes in length, radio news magazines can run from 30 minutes up to three hours or more.
- Breakfast (daily, BBC Radio Five Live)
- Broadcasting House (Sunday, Radio 4)
- PM (Monday-Saturday; Radio 4)
- Today (Monday-Saturday; Radio 4)
- The World at One (Monday-Friday; Radio 4)
- The World This Weekend (Sunday; Radio 4)
- The World Tonight (Monday-Friday; Radio 4)
- Worricker on Sunday (Sunday; Five Live)
- United States:
newsmagazine in German: Nachrichtenmagazin
newsmagazine in French: Magazine d'actualité
newsmagazine in Italian: Settimanale di attualità
newsmagazine in Ukrainian: Журнал новин
newsmagazine in Chinese: 新聞雜誌