In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? My magazine front cover uses the conventions of real media products including the date of issue, masthead, splash, issue number, price, barcode, pug, websiteaddress, images and quotes. These are all needed to give information to the reader and make the reader familiar with the magazine. I think these conventional features are needed on every magazine so that it sells and is recognised as aprofessional product. The colours used throughoutmy magazine were originally very conventional as Iused a standard black and white colour scheme. I then decided this colour scheme was too dull and maybe too conventional, so I needed another colour to make the magazine stand out more. I choose purple this then made the magazine visually more appealing and made the magazine stand out more. I have also used a glow around the main writing I thought this then made the Inspiration magazine more eye-catching and is very conventional.
I also placed a web address on my front cover. I thought this was a good idea as it could make the brand more recognisable and also might reach a wider audience. I think using a website is very conventional and good advertising for the magazine. There is not much information on my front cover as I wanted the image to sell the magazine, there is some information about what is in the magazine, but I thought using too much writing might bore the reader. The image used on the front of my magazine is quite different from my researched music magazines. I found that most music magazines were bright and vibrant, I decided that I wanted my magazine to be different in this way as I was looking for a more elegant magazine, therefore I think my image has conventional features but for the genre of Researched magazines. my magazine I think it is also unconventional in the way it has been presented. I think using my „POP‟ Princess‟ slogan made the music genre more recognisable.
The contents page also uses conventions of real media products. I think my contents page is conventional in the way it has been layed out such as where the image is positioned and how the writing is presented. There is also a picture of the front cover on my contents page which is also conventional, I found this out during my research. I have also advertised on my contents page by writing, „jewellery from next‟, above the front cover image, I thought this made the page look more professional. Also, I have used a quote on my contents page which I think will involve the reader and entice them. I have tried to keep my contents page as simple as possible so it is clear to read but there is still conventions on there what are needed to sell the music magazine. When writing about pages in the magazine I wrote LOOP on the font I used for the masthead, I think this looks professional as other magazines do this. I have also highlighted the pages so they are easier to read and I also think this makes the page look more appealing to the Inspiration eye. Overall, I think my contents page is very conventional and has all the information needed for a successful contents page.
I think my double page spread is very conventional, during my research I found most double page spreads have a way of joining thepages together so I did this using a main image . I also found out that most double pagespreads have a story, music magazines mostly have a gig or a tour, something that gets the reader involved with what the magazine is allabout. My double page spread has a questions and answer section, I think this makes the reader involved in the magazine and also shows what the magazine is all about. The image I have used is conventional in the way there is direct eye contact between the image and the reader, this will draw the audience into the magazine. I have also used a quote on the double page spread which will give the readerinsight information on what the page is going tobe about, the quotation marks around the quote have been made large, I found this while researching and thought it looked more eye- catching. I have used different colours for the question and answers section so the reader can see clearly. I have also using a fading background so the page isn‟t just a blockcolour, I think this now looks more conventional and more visually appealing. Inspiration
How does your media product represent particular social groups? I think my music magazine represents particular social groups as it is targeted at one particular audience, I think the features used on the magazine will entice certain readers. My magazine is targetedat women/girls, aged between 15-20 years old. I think the readers will have aninterest in „POP‟, glamour and celebrities. I wanted my magazine to have a different side rather than just a „POP‟ magazine. I also wanted to show a more sophisticated „POP‟ magazine which is shown with the „POP Princess‟ theme. I think my magazine front cover will attract the right target audience I aimed it for. I think it will attract the more older audience due to the sophistication of the magazine and the younger reader due to the celebrities and the „POP‟ Princess theme, which I think will inspire the younger readers who look Inspiration up to celebrities shown in the media.
Also, I think the contents page image is quite conventional as during my research I found that images running down the side of the page or presented like a film strip are quite popular. Firstly, I tried the image as a background as it would be clear what the whole magazine would be focused on but after experimenting with this I found this looked too busy for the page. The image I have used makes the page more vibrant and elegant. I think the main target audience for my music magazine would be girls/women that are interested in what is going on in the „POP‟ world and want to find out I think my contents page about music gossip. overall, is particularly aimed at a certain audience.
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?My magazine will be sold in big brand shops such as, Asda and Tesco, I would also sell my music magazine in newsagents and other supermarkets. I would place my magazine next to „Blender‟ magazine as I think we have similar features. I have decided to price my music magazine at £3.00, I think this is a reasonable price for the magazine as it is quite elegant and professional and I think people will be willing to pay this price for the magazine if they are interested in POP music and celebrities. The price of the magazine also refers back to the target market. I aimed my magazine at a more upper class audience, so I think this would be an accurate price range. Initially, I was going to price my magazine around £1.50 - £2.00 but decided to change the price as I thought about who my target audience was aimed at. I thought that it was best to higher my price for the magazine as if the target audience is more upper class then the price shouldn‟t be such an issue for a higher class audience. The age range was aiming between 15-20 years, I think this price is reasonable to this target market. There are also 70 pages in the magazine which also reflects back to the price of the magazine as they are getting quite a lot for the price £3.00.
Who would be the audience for your media product?The media products used in my magazine are referring to a more mature teenager ageing between 15-20 years. The magazine is targeted at girls/women; this is shown clearly by the girl on the front cover. The images used show a more elegant and professional „POP‟ magazine. Although my music magazine is quite different to others, I think the way it has been presented is very conventional as I used a black and white font as I think this looks professional, I also added purple to my colour scheme, I think this then gives the magazine more of a lively look and referred better to a POP magazine than just black and white as this could be quite boring. I think the reader of the magazine would be a girl interested in POP and is inspired to be like a POP princess. I think the magazine offers a lot of variety as your not only finding out about what‟s going on in the music business there is a lot of different celebrities involved. I think the images used are very girly so a younger audience could also be attracted to the magazine but I would target my „POP‟ magazine at 15-20 year olds.
How did you attract/address your audience Attracting the audience is a very important part of producing the magazine as it needs to be eye-catching and appealing to the audience. I think the main attraction to my magazine would be the main image. By using a main image this then gives the reader something to focus on and be attracted to. During my research I discovered that using an image that had a direct eye contact draws the reader into the magazine, baring this in mind, I went for an image that drew the reader into the magazine by eye contact but in a different way. The girl in my image is focusing on the inside of the magazine and a quote that is on the front cover of my magazine, I think the audience will wonder why she is focusing on this particular feature and it will entice people. Also, I think the layout of my magazine isn‟t to busy and shows quite a professional „POP‟ magazine. I also think the elegance of the magazine, such as the colour scheme that people thatDirect eye contact are interested in fame and music will instantly be Inspiration attracted to the magazine as it shows a different side to POP music. Also, I used the website dafont.com to find a font that suited with my theme, I think finding the right font is important as it fits with my genre and attracts the audience. Lastly, I have used the theme “POP” Princess which will attract a younger audience that may be inspired to be like the people inside the magazine.
I used the program Photoshop to edit my images, I think the main image is the first thing that will attract the reader to the magazine, so I thought it was important that I choose the right one. I edited my images quite a lot to see which ones worked best. These are some screen shots to show what editing tools I had to use to produce my magazine products.I had to use this to openup the images I wantedto edit. I used the rectangle This is the toolbar in I used the crop button shape to border photoshop elements. a lot to make my some of my images images smaller. Or to and make my crop things out of the backgrounds for my image. products.
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?By being given this brief „produce a music magazine‟ I have had to do a lot editing, such as cropping pictures, removing objects out the images using effects such as black and white. This has given me a better understanding of the different programs and have helped me produce my work to a better quality. Having to use fireworks has given me a wider knowledge of the program and I have learnt different editing skills. Also, Photoshop is another program I had to use. Mostly, I had to use this program to remove things from my images, I am now confident with using the program and found it quite enjoyable to use. There is also slideshare which I had to use to upload presentations to my blogger, I now find this easy to use. Also, I used the website dafont.com to find a font that suited my genre. Lastly, Blogger was the main program I used as everything had to be shown on here so I was using this website frequently, at first I didn‟t know a lot about blogger or how to access the website and how to use it, I now think blogger is really easy to use and have a wider knowledge how to access different blogs to look at other students blogs to leave feedback on their work.
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?During the time I had to produce my music magazine I have developed a better knowledge of what are needed to produce a music magazine. At the beginning of my media course we had to produce a school magazine for our preliminary task, by doing this it gave me an insight of what producing a magazine would be like and what is needed to produce a successful magazine. I think I have produced a better magazine by learning different programs before starting the music magazine. After producing my magazine I have learnt what conventional and unconventional magazines are and I now know what a conventional magazine has to consist of and what is needed to sell the magazine successfully. All the conventions for a magazine are needed to help the reader purchase the magazine and also attract the audience. I have learnt different technology skills such as using Photoshop, fireworks and blogger, which I have used to develop my images and present my work. Researching different magazines and what different features they use has also helped me produce my work and give me a better understanding. Also, getting feedback on my work from other students has helped me improve my work and have I now have a better knowledge on producing a successful music magazine. These images are of my school magazine which was my preliminary task, looking back I now see what is needed in a successful magazine. The basic skills I had at the beginning of the task has now developed a lot better and I can now use programs such as, fireworks, Photoshop and blogger a lot easily.