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.
An article written to inform readers about recent events. The author reports essential information (who/what/where/when/why/how).
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.
Compared with news articles, feature articles are often more creative or exploratory and less focused on efficient delivery of essential information.
Other types of news content that are generally categorized as “feature” writing include how-to-do-it articles (for example, how to shop for a new phone) and profiles (for example, an article about a movie actor starring in a recently-released film).
An unsigned opinion piece that represents the views of the news organization’s editorial staff.
An opinion article by a staff columnist or guest columnist. (If a guest columnist, the writer’s credentials will almost always be identified.)
An evaluation of a book, movie, album, live performance, etc.