Academic journal is a periodical devoted to disseminating original research and commentary on current developments in a specific discipline, sub discipline, or field of study usually published in quarterly, bimonthly, or monthly issues sold by subscription (Reitz, 2007). Popular new publication are contrary from the academic journal even it also is one type of serials but it cover on current news or stories which written by the journalist or not an expert in that particular field with the purpose of give information about certain subject or issues. To begin, if seen from the definition above, it can be said that both of these two types of publication are different from each other because of its purpose and characteristic. It also may have some similarity in some aspect. In order to examine and explain the similarities and differences of these two different types of publication, I choose two materials as an example of the publication on the same subject which is on foodborne disease or also known as food poisoning. The example of popular news publication entitles “facing food poisoning” and for academic article is entitles “foodborne viruses”.
The similarities between academic journal and popular news publication
Firstly, start with the similarities of the publications. The similarity of these two types of publication is the subjects its covers. Both materials are covering on the subject of foodborne disease. The subject content of both article are discussing on foodborne disease however the scope are different. The popular news publication is covering on the general information and do not have many sub subjects on what is actually foodborne or food poisoning. The author give plain definition of foodborne, and then describe...
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...between academic journal and popular news publication. The aspects of features that are similar between the two resources are the subject it covers and the type of publication. Differences between the academic journal and popular news publication are in term of the authorship, information content, audience and target group, purposes, format and structure, language, length, visual presentation style, editors, and bibliographies.
Diong, Swee Hoon. (2005, May 29). Facing food poisoning. The star online. Retrieved January 19, 2011 from http://thestar.com.my/health/story.asp?file=/2005/5/29/health/11049056&%3Bsec=health
Koopmans, M., Von Bonsdorff, C., Vinje, J. & De Medic, D. (2002). Foodborne viruses. FEMS Microbiology Reviews,26(2), 187-205.
Reitz, J. (2007). Dictionary for library and information science. California: Libraries Unlimited.
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