Codes and conventions of a magazine contents page

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  • 1. Codes and Conventions ofa Magazine Contents Page By Ashleigh Ravenscroft
  • 2. Side Headings In the contents pages there are side headings. They are used to make categories e.g. Cover Story, Regulars and Features. This makes it easier for the audience to find what they are looking for.
  • 3. Images There are usually a variety of 4 or 5 images which go with the articles to give a visual aid for the audience so they can see what the article is about. There are also captions and page numbers next the images shows what article it relates to inside.
  • 4. Page Number’s The numbers next to the article names show the audience which page to find the article they want on (this makes it easy reading).
  • 5. Page Number & Date The page number is in the bottom right or left of the page. The date is usually found next to the page number and/ or the magazines name. The date shows the audience if they have the most current issue or not, so they are likely to keep buying the current issue.
  • 6. The Name of the Magazine The magazines title normally features in the contents page. This helps to create the brand. Subscription Details The subscription details are used to sell the magazine again as it will usually appear cheaper.  they use words like “just” this makes it sound even cheaper.
  • 7. Columns Contents pages typically contain 3 columns. Colour Scheme  The colour scheme keeps in with the connotations of the genre to show the audience what it is.
  • 8. Typography The typography of the contents page is very similar to the front cover. It helps to create the magazines brand, the audience then know what to expect. Colours Layout Font Graphic images
  • 9. The Words Used The contents page uses buzz words. Buzz words show the audience that it is the “best” magazine and they won’t find anything like it anywhere else. It therefore helps to sell the magazines issue. The contents page also contain a word that relate to ‘contents’ like “In This Weeks Issue” and “Contents”. This shows the reader what page they are on so they know the pages purpose is.