Content of MagazineI analysed various magazines throughout the research process and listedvarious elements that professional magazines incorporate. Specifically Ilooked at the contents page of ‘Q’ magazine and thought that adaptingthe band index would be a good Idea for my own contents page of mymagazine.I also found that magazines are used to promote sales for various companiesso I decided to incorporate my own advertisements on my front page andcontents page. I tried to relate the advertisements I incorporated to thegenre for example my Noah and the whale advertisement which are a bandhighly associated with the genre.I found that most magazines within my research also used interviews withfamous music artists such as noel Gallagher. Within my magazine I createdan interview with a fictional artist associated with the genre to attract thetarget audience and entice them to read the magazine. I also made apreview interview at the bottom of my contents page which would make thereader what to look further in the magazine for the full interview.
“The ways in which my product represents social groups”.I represented the social group of mainly boys who are around the ages of14 – 21. The reason I feel the gender of my social group is mainly boys isbecause of the gender of bands and artists I have mentioned in mymagazine. Examples of these include; Noel Gallagher, Liam Gallagher,Morning runner, Noah and the Whale, Sum 41 and The Kooks are all boyartists/bands.I feel that I have constructed this representation by the different elements Ihave used such as male artists within the images in the magazine and alsothe costuming style (Mise-En-Scene). An example would be the maleimage on the contents page as I have used a male artist who is dressedlike an indie rocker with a guitar which should hopefully attract the socialgroup of musicians and guitar players.I feel that I could have made improvements onLanguage when addressing my social groupAs I didn’t really use any specific language otherThan my title ‘REVERB’ which is a musical term thatSounds dominant.
“What Institution would distribute my product and why?”The research I have carried out around media institutions has enlightenedme on what institutions within the media world distribute and produce musicmagazines. If I was to pick an institution to distribute my magazine it wouldprobably be ‘Bauer Media Group’ who distribute magazines such as ‘Q’ and‘Kerrang!’Bauer Media group is run by its headquarters in Hamburg, Germany and theirtitles amounts to 38 million magazines weekly. Bauer operates in 15 countriesworld wide and were founded in 1875. The industry of the conglomerate isspecifically publishing and broadcasting as they have their own subsidiariesof Bauer Radio.The reason I would choose this institution is because the magazines that areassociated with the company are magazines which are of the same genreas mine such as Q and Kerrang. They are a wide-based global companyand I feel that my magazine would fit well into the company.
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Technologies that I usedThe main software I used to produce my magazine was MicrosoftPowerPoint. I thought this was a suitable piece of softwarebecause it is relatively easy to use with some knowledge of ICT skillsand it can produce a well produced magazine. I could easily scrollthrough the pages I had created and importing and editingpictures was easy. Although it is used for slideshows I haveadopted some of its features and used it in a different and uniqueway.For the images I created I used adobe Photoshop to edit eachshot I used on my magazine. I changed various elements such asdifferent image colours, contrasts and backgrounds. I alsochanged the format of the pictures so they were in the correctformat to use in PowerPoint.I have used my Sony digital camera to take the images used in mymagazine and simply used the SD card to upload them to myschool computer and add them to Photoshop. I have learned alot of useful technology skills like using Photoshop successfully forthe first time. I feel my use of technologies has been good.
Improvements from Preliminary taskI feel that the steps I have taken since my preliminary task have been massive.I have had a better understanding in all aspects of the task such as layout,colour schemes, fonts styles and content of magazines. I feel that I improvedby carrying out better research and looking at a wider range of professionalmagazines.My Music magazine is in a different league to my school magazine and I feelit is clearly obvious throughout the process of my music magazine I havegained a much better understanding of magazines in general. The imageslook much more professional on my music magazine as I used a Sony digitalcamera rather than an iPhone.My Music magazine looks much more professional than my school magazineas I have used a much more magazine natural layout. The school magazinelooked more like a newsletter or leaflet with all the cover lines too neatlyboxed in. I also thought their wasn’t enough on the front cover of my schoolmagazine and it looked too bear and needed to include more cover linesand maybe an advertisement. The font styles are more relevant to the genrewith my music magazine and have more of a purpose than my schoolmagazine