1. In what ways does yourmagazine use, develop orchallenge forms and conventionsof real media products?
I placed my lead article on the left third, over the main image. This Kerrang! Cover withSlipknot does the same. I also included a tagline to draw people to the article, similarlyto Kerrang!.
I placed my masthead at the top which is something a lot of magazines do, and placedmy main image over the masthead. This Kerrang! also does the same thing. I gave mymasthead an outer glow with lots of noise so it was like sound waves of music.
My cover lines are placed on the left-third so that the reader would be able to see them onthe shelf before picking up the magazine. Most magazines do the same, like this Kerrang!Unlike this Kerrang! though, I placed cover lines above and underneath my lead article.This was because if my lead article was any higher it would cover the face of the mainimage.
I added a banner at the bottom and put ‘Free posters’ in there, like this Kerrang!does, because they aren’t a big enough thing to be a cover line but are still somethingthat attracts readers to magazines, for example I used to base whether I bought amagazine or not on its posters. The majority of my readers were also Kerrang! Readerstherefore I thought I should add some similar detail.
However, I chose not to add an editorial note and placed contact details instead because I thought they were more important. I also chose my main picture to be of the lead article to reinforce and emphasise the artist unlike Kerrang!Like this Kerrang! I put all my articles At the top of my page I added the masthead sodown the right side and pictures on people would remember what magazine theythe left so when the reader opens the were reading and to maintain house style. I usedmagazine the first thing they see is ‘contents’ as a title also but slightly smaller.whats in the magazine.
Similarly to this Kerrang! I placed my mainimage on the left however Kerrang!’s goes allthe way across both pages where as minedoesn’t. I chose to design my layout like thisbecause it fits in better and it didn’t need toleak across so the reader can focus on thetext. Also Kerrang!’s image doesn’t matter thatit does because the image under the textdoesn’t matter, the main picture you’refocusing on is still on the left.Also like this Kerrang! I placed my pull-quote inthe text so the attention is drawn towards theinterview not the image. The only difference isKerrang! placed theres right in the middle of thetext so the text goes around it, where as I placedmine in a box so the reader would be more drawnto it and want to find that quote in the interview.Unlike this Kerrang! I placed my stand first aspart if the text. This was to direct the readerto the interview and encourage them to readon. I also chose not to use a drop cap in minelike Kerrang!
2. How does your magazinerepresent particular social groups?
I wanted to present my artist as a female screamo artist likethe lead singer of Rolo Tomassi, Eva Spence, who also featuresa lot in Kerrang! which my magazine is similar to. She also isyoung and quite new to the scene which is how I wanted myartist to come across.When doing the photo-shoot I asked my model to come across as asolo screamo artist who loves her music and doing something newas there isnt many solo screamo artists. I thought this would beappealing to my readers (16 – 21 year olds who love everything todo with music) and also because my artist /model is in this agerange. Eva Spence My artist
My photos effectively portray my artist as asolo, screamo singer by her being alone onthe contents and her screaming into a mic onthe DPS which is how I wanted her to comeacross. She is dressed in clothes that would beassociated with the rock/metal genre.My pull-quotes reinforce the artistsrepresentation by saying “its lonely” whichenhances the fact she’s a solo artist. Also mypull-quote on my DPS draws the reader in as itsuggests the artist used to be completelydifferent.
3. What kind of mediainstitution might distributeyour magazine and why?
I think Bauer Media would distribute mymagazine because they distribute Kerrang!which is the magazine I based mine on andmy audience thought my magazine was mostlike.They would distribute it because its similar tokerrang! which is very popular, but is morefocused on up and coming talent with a littleabout bigger bands.I think Bauer would be interested in publishing mymagazine because not many people find out aboutnew bands via magazines so there’s a market for it.This comes from both personal experience and mysurvey , most of the time I find out about new musicthrough friends so tried to incorporate this into mymagazine.
4. Who would be the audience foryour magazine?
This shows my main target audience is 18 – 21 but can range from 15to 21+.This shows my target audience is both male and female. Both ofthese points fit in with my reader profile.
This is the reader profile I made beforecreating my music magazine.From this I incorporated the festival sideof things into my magazine as theresults from my first survey showedpeople went to and enjoyed them.The competition I added was for aguitar because I play guitar andknow it’s a great thing to be able towin.I also added a lot about gigs, mainly agig guide as my target audience sawa lot of gigs in a year so they’d wantto know who’s playing and where.
To get feedback for my musicmagazine I posted pictures andlink the my questionnaires onFacebook. More people go oneFacebook than any other socialnetworking site and I have a widerange of friends so could getdifferent feedback.
This is my college magazine from the beginning of the course. I think I’ve improvedgreatly, especially on my layout and adding cover lines. Also made my music magazinemore interesting to look at where as my college one doesn’t really stand out. I also think I’ve improved in picking mastheads and adding effects to them so they stand out and fit with the genre. My college magazine mastheads are plain and boring.
I would love to carry on to do A2 media studies. I have really enjoyed the creativityof creating a music magazine and using Photoshop is fun. I’ve also liked learning howto use Photoshop to create my magazines. In general I cant wait to start A2 to seewhat we’re doing and get creative!
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