Illustrations are forms of drawings, depicting what the author or artist is trying to portray in their piece. Depending on the audience, sometimes it is easier for people to understand a message if it is represented visually. Journalists use all forms of illustrations including sketches, drawings, photographs, or graphic designs.

They began to become a regular piece of the journalism world in the late 1800s with the boom of magazines. Publishers established a need for more visual aids when their audiences started to become more interested. The ability to depict words with illustrations created new opportunities for publications all over.

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