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The discipline of communication has grown in popularity from the time professors of journalism and speech decided, in the mid-1960s, that the term “communication” was an excellent general descriptor for the theory and research that each group aspired to create.  Over time, the two groups grew closer and recognized significant overlap in their theoretical and research interests, but there were also differences in their traditions that kept them apart.  While both groups agreed that communication is a practical discipline, journalism professors focused a great deal of their attention on the education of media professionals.  Speech professors, on the other hand, often were more oriented to the liberal arts and valued the fact that communication could be approached from a variety of traditions, including the arts, ...

Magazine and Feature Writing
Magazine and feature writing

Magazine articles and newspaper feature stories in the newspaper feature story first appeared as a genre distinct from the breaking news story. The history of the relationship between the magazine article and newspaper feature story is extremely murky, but there is some evidence that magazine article writing in the United States began to be significantly influenced by newspaper feature writing style beginning in the late 1800s, and that the two related styles essentially merged in the late 1990s. The few differences existing now are largely explained by the differences between magazines and newspapers, as well as by their significantly dissimilar operational practices. As magazines and newspapers develop more extensive Web sites in the 21st century and gain more ...

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