There are two types of portraits in journalism, both essential to the business. The first is written analysis or narrative of a specific topic or person. Portraits tend to be extremely detailed, helping give a full breakdown on what the author is trying to say or portray. Differing from investigative works, these take the information and turn it into a story formation.

The second type of portrait is an illustration or photograph of a person. These are artistic representations of the subjects at hand and are used in journalism as an addition to the above type of portrait. In portraits, the subject generally looks directly at the viewer or audience, causing a deeper connection between them.

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