Identifying accurate and verifiable news content can be a complex task, given the nuances between different types of sources. News content is divided into distinct categories which include: news articles, news analysis, editorials and opinions.
News articles provide impartial information on current events while opinion content attempts to persuade readers of a particular viewpoint concerning an event or current issues through (usually) well-reasoned arguments.
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|News Article||An article written to inform readers about recent events. The author reports essential information (who/what/where/when/why/how).|
|News Analysis||An article written to inform readers about recent events. The author reports and attempts to deepen understanding of recent events—for example, by providing background information and other kinds of additional context.|
|Opinion Piece||An opinion article by a staff columnist or guest columnist. (If a guest columnist, the writer’s credentials will almost always be identified.)|
|Type of Article||Examples|
|News Article||Trump Impeached Again --- President is Accused of Inciting Insurrection; 10 Republicans Join Democrats in Vote, Wall Street Journal (CSUSM login required)|
|News Analysis||More Than Just a Tweet: Trump's Campaign to Undercut Democracy, New York Times (CSUSM login required)|
|Editorial||Journalism Got More Dangerous in 2020--Including in the United States, Washington Post (CSUSM login required)|
|Opinion Piece||The Lies We Tell Ourselves About Race (NPR)|
|Letter to the Editor||Letters, October 31, 2020 (Los Angeles Times)|