Trade and professional sources are periodicals published in print or online with the intention of exchanging or marketing ideas, products, or services to a specific industry or type of trade, business or profession.
Some characteristics of trade and professional sources include:
- Trade and industry journals typically contain advertising content focused on the industry in question with little if any general-audience advertising.
- They also generally contain industry-specific job notices, of great interest to many readers.
- Many trade publications can also be considered news magazines with a very specific topical focus.