A report it’s a report or one News. This type of document (which can be printed, digital, audiovisual, etc.) aims to convey a information, although it can have several objectives. There are informative, persuasive and other reports.

The report can be the conclusion of a previous investigation or adopt a problem-solution structure based on a series of questions. For printed reports, the text it is often accompanied by charts, diagrams, tables of contents, and footnotes.


A report is a report.

The report in computing

In the field of computing, the reports are reports that organize and display the information contained in a database. Its function is to apply a specific format to the data to display it through an attractive design that is easy for users to interpret.

The report, in this way, makes the data more useful. It is not the same to work with a spreadsheet with 10,000 fields than with a pie-shaped drawing that presents these fields graphically. Reports have various levels of complexity, from a list or enumeration to much more developed graphics.


A digital report can be interactive.

Depending on the computer program and the database in question, the reports allow the creation of labels and the preparation of invoices, among other tasks.

In the same way, thanks to the reports, anyone can proceed to summarize the data or classify it into specific groups. For all this, it is understood that these documents are so important in any company since thanks to them it has its own databases (of workers, clients, suppliers …), it compiles compilations of the sales undertaken in a given period …

Thus, taking into account the data they address and the length they have, these reports can then be classified at various levels in terms of their complexity, giving rise to catalogs, lists, summaries …

The concept in the media

For the media, a report is a informative content. It may be a television or radio program (or segment), an article published in a newspaper or magazine, or a digital document. For instance: “Now we are going to see the report on the state of traffic in the city of Buenos Aires”, “Juan López will present us with a report on the performance of Chilean tennis players at Roland Garros”.

Within this sector, we must also emphasize that there are various media that use the term at hand. Thus, we would have to speak, for example, of the South American digital publication “Reporte Confidencial”, which is committed to investigative journalism and which has been operating for seven years.

Sharing the same root with the word we are analyzing, there are other important terms within the scope of journalism, such as reporter or reportage.

Thus, the first is the professional who is dedicated to collecting all the information about a fact or event and then proceeding to inform the public about it. You can do it well by means of a written article or a chronicle in a television or radio program, among other possibilities.

The second, the term report, for its part, is used to refer to the work that a journalist has carried out in depth on a very specific topic that arouses interest.