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  • The Masthead- This masthead is infamous to the magazine and is used for very edition. The colour and size may differ, but as a whole it stays the same. This is because the readers can identify with this masthead straight away because it is so widely known. The lead article image- Although the Inbetweeners isn’t music related, it will still attract the audience that NME is aimed at because the show is very popular with the same type of audience. Neil is holding a guitar, to remind the readers that the magazine is based around music. Jay strangling Will with the telephone cord shows their relationship as good friends. The lead article- The font is big, bold and red. It shows that this is the most important bit of the magazine. Pull Quote- The pull quote is taken straight from the article. It is funny and sarcastic, which would defiantly catch the readers attention. It is also in a handwritten font, which makes it look like it was written by one of the Inbetweeners themselves.
  • The contents page uses lots of pictures to show the articles in the magazine, because the pictures are quite large this only gives a limited amount of room for captions which means the reader doesn’t get a lot of information about the article but just enough to want to read on. The page numbers in a larger font is helpful because it makes it very clear what page the article is on. The main feature- The contents page is rather unusual because it does not have the cover feature on the page. Instead it has perhaps the second most important article instead. This maybe because NME is a music magazine the readers would be more interested in the Kings of Leon article so its advertised as much as the Inbetweeners article. Another reason why the article may not be on the contents page is because, it is on the very next page.
  • This main article has lots of pictures, instead of just one main lead image most main articles have. The target audience for the Inbetweeners is teen and young adults, most people in this age group do not always want to read. So having the pictures are more likely to attract the readers. Also the pictures aren’t serious and funny which again reflects the nature of the show. Overall the article is to entertain the reader, rather then bore them.
  • The front cover is very plain and simple. The background is very light, which contrasts with the lead image of Dizzee Rascal which is very dark and gloomy. The light background makes his half hidden face and black clothes seem very sinister. This mood reflects Dizzee Rascal’s older music and style which was more underground and grimy. Which would appeal to the readers, rather then his more mainstream music and upbeat style.
  • The contents page is very simple and plain, which is helpful to the reader because the contents page job is to direct the reader within the magazine. There is only one colour used, purple which relates back to Dizzee Rascal’s purple hoodie on the front cover. If the contents page had too much it would just confuse them. The way it is sectioned into three parts is also very helpful. Features- Having the two main articles highlighted helps the reader find the articles straight away, so they will probably be more inclined to read them first, as that is what attracted the to buy the magazine in the first place.
  • There is no information about the article on the front cover and on the contents page, so the pull quote and standfirst explain the article is about Dizzee and his love of drum and bass. The standfirst is quite long, being a paragraph when usually only a sentence or two, makes up for having no information about the article anywhere else in the magazine. The article is very casual and informal, it also uses a lot of quotes from Dizzee with swearing
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    • 1. The Lead article- The font of the main article is big and bold, the same colour and similar font to the masthead. This makes the magazine look more organised and put together. Pull Quote- A quote straight from the main article Masthead Third left- These are the other main articles in the magazine. The font is smaller then the main article, but still larger then the article headings on the other side, showing that they are important, but they don’t take away from the leading article. Lead article main image- Although the Inbetweeners isn’t music related the main character, Will, is still at the front, showing his dominance in the group, like a band would and to tie music Neil is holding a guitar Other cover lines- These are in the smallest size font of the page showing that they are the least important parts of the magazine.
    • 2. Here is where the lead article should be along with a picture, but instead there is another main article. This may be because the lead article is on the following page. But is still set out like a image should be of a group, the main member is placed in the middle at the front to show his dominance Page numbers on the contents page help navigate the reader through the magazine Other articles and pages in the magazine that aren’t as important so don’t have a picture or quote These articles are important so they have a quote and picture to give the reader a flavour of the article Advertisement
    • 3. The stand first is introducing the article and giving the reader a feel of what the article is going to be like Unlike most lead articles this one has many pictures, rather then just one. They are numbered with funny captions underneath. This makes the article fun and more entertaining, other then serious. This is also reflects the nature of the Inbetweeners TV show. Advertisement for the website and bonus footage of the inbetweeners at the NME office. This attracts the readers to go on the magazine website, which is good for its hit numbers online. The body text is the main text of the article by the journalist
    • 4. The masthead- It has the magazine logo as well as the name of the magazine, which is helpful to new readers that may not recognise or know the magazine only by logo. The main article heading is very simple. This gives the article a basic introduction, which would intrigue the reader as to what the article is about, since there isn't any information. The free CD would attract a lot of people to buy the magazine, and like the underground genre of music that Atmosphere is based around Its sort of replaced the third left . Other main articles in the magazine e are in a smaller font then the lead article to show that they aren't as important The main article picture of DizzeeRasscal is very dark and grimy, which would appeal to the fans that support him as an underground artist, more then his mainstream musician. His hood almost covers half his face, sort of hiding him which adds to the underground theme.
    • 5. This is a copy of the front page to remind readers of the magazine. The number in the corner is the issue number of the magazine The features in the magazine are the special articles that are only in this issue of Atmosphere. The Dizzee Rascal interview and the CD are highlighted because they are the main articles on the front cover. The regulars are the articles and features that are in every issue of Atmosphere. The next issue preview will also encourage the reader to buy the next issue of the magazine The reviews of the music Atmosphere is based around to keep the readers up to date with their favourite genre of music.
    • 6. First stand that introduces the article, and gives reader a feel of the feature, explaining that the article is going to be about Dizzee and his love for drum and base and how he made it ‘cool’ again The pull quote gives the reader more information of what the article is about since there isn't any on the front cover or on the contents page. The lead image of the article isn't a picture of Dizzee’s actual face. This adds to the tension even more as to what the article is about.
    • 7. Masthead- This is very edgy. The cracking creates the effect of loud music, almost like how loud music could crack glass or blow out speakers. This relates to the type of loud heavy rock music Kerrang readers are likely to listen to. Flash- This flash is advertising album ratings in the magazine. These rating are obviously important because they are in the flash on their own. Main article image is very stern looking. His arms are crossed making him look ‘hard’ which again would appeal to Kerrang readers. Compared to other Kerrang covers this picture is tame. I think this one is toned down because the artist is older. Main article- It has a pull quote to interest the readers and give them an idea of what the article is going to be about. There is an emphasis on had, which also will intrigue the reader. The actual heading is in a distressed, old looking font contrasting with the word Pearl, which are expected to be perfect, shiny, and new. Cover line-This advertises all the posters that are part of the magazine. As the are free this will attract readers to buy the magazine, because they are getting a deal. The third left- The left third is very busy, but is almost themed with the yellow and blue colour. The competition is very important attracting the magazine to the readers, as this would be the first thing they see when looking at it. The plus section has all the other articles that aren't as important so the font is smaller. The quote is very interesting again, grabbing the readers attention as it is the first thing they will see.
    • 8. Like the NME magazine, the biggest picture isn't related or part of the main article, but another article in the magazine. Although this isnt the cover article picture, is still very interesting. Its loud, very rock and roll which suits the magazines target audience. The editors letter- A lot of magazines have this in the contents page. Magazines have these to make the reader feel like the magazine is more personal to them, and appreciated for buying it. The masthead is repeated but smaller on the contents page just to remind readers of the magazine These are small copies of some of the article pages inside. This will give the reader a feel of what the articles in the magazine are like before reading them. All of the articles are listed in chronological order making it easier to find the page number for a specific article. Advertisement of the contents page is vital for many magazines as other companies pay big sums for the adverts to be in the magazzine.
    • 9. Pull quote- This is from the article giving the reader a feel for what the article will be about . The font style with the border is very polished and classic looking which doesn’t fit quite in with the normal house style of Kerrang, but the band is older looking than most rock bands, so anything to bold or crazy may look silly. The Drop cap Lead image- This is a timeline of pics showing the band when they are younger. This appeals more to the younger readers, showing the ‘rock and roll’ type livestyle with alcohol and the finger flipping. These pictures contrast with the article, which shows the readers two sides of the band, crazy wild and the more refined

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