Look at a publication’s table of contents, illustrations and advertisements to determine the targeted readers’:
- Gender and age range
- Marital status
- Occupations and income levels
- Education levels
- Social group
- Moral, political, religious outlooks
- Main likes and dislikes
Scan several articles in one magazine, or several articles in several issues of the same magazine, to determine:
- Technique used in most opening paragraphs.
- Average number of words per article.
- Average number of words per sentence.
- Average length of paragraphs.
- Vocabulary – informal, academic, slang, jargon, colloquial
- Simple or complex sentences.
- The extent adjectives and adverbs are used.
- The extent of descriptive passages.
- Proportion of narrative and quotes.
- Proportion of subjective passages (feelings/emotions) and objective passages (facts/data).
- Technique used in most concluding paragraphs.
- What is the mission of most articles? (educate, entertain, titillate, amuse, persuade, etc.)
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