How to Write a Report on a Magazine Article

Things You'll Need

  • Back issues of a magazine or other articles by the same writer
  • Stylebook
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Writing a report begins with finding an engaging subject that interests the writer and offers a good amount of material that can be expounded upon. Depending on the topic or magazine afticle you're writing about, you may need to do additional research to support whatever stand you take in your report. If the report is simply a summation of the material in the article, less research will be required and the focus will be on adhering to the guidelines.

Writing Your Report

Look at previous issues of the magazine to find other articles by the same writer. Use information and content from these articles to support arguments you'll be making in your report, if necessary. For example, if the writer regularly writes political articles dealing with big businesses, studying the writer's opinions and previous articles will help you find well- rounded background material and lay the groundwork for your thesis and conclusions. Depending on the subject of your article, it also may be necessary to do research outside the magazine. Possibilities include other publications that publish similar material and academic journals and periodicals. Be sure to know the subject well enough that you can write authoritatively, whether you are supporting the writer's opinions or arguing against them.

Organize the structure of your paper and start writing. Think about the readability of the piece and write in a way that will lead the reader where you want him to go. Start with a statement of purpose and expound on your opinions by using references, examples and facts, then make a concluding statement that solidifies that the report has been completed and has established all of the original objectives. The introductory paragraph should include a clear thesis in which the writer tells the reader the argument for which the paper has been written. Following paragraphs should support different points surrounding that thesis. If the job has been done well, the reader should be led to the logical conclusion, which is stated in the final paragraphs.

Make sure that all examples, references, quotes and so on are properly documented and credited. Refer to stylebooks for detailed information regarding how sources should be credited. Failing to credit sources properly will significantly undermine the credibility of your work.

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