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  • 1. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop orchallenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 2. Conventions FollowedFRONT COVER Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 3. The main images in Q and Worship Musician arelong shots (LS), while NME and Christian Musicianhave Medium Close-Ups (MCU). I have used anMCU on my front cover, as this is the more generalconvention of music magazines overall, eventhough Q and Worship Musician have not followedthis convention. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 4. The model is looking straight at the camera, which follows the conventions of Q and NME. This also catches the reader’s attention and appeals to the audience.However, this goes against the convention of Christian magazines, asthe cover stars are not looking at the camera in these images.However, the reason for the artist on Worship Musician seems to bethat it is an action shot from a concert; yet Christian Musician was takenin a studio, and the artist is not looking at the camera. I have chosen notto follow this convention as having the model looking directly at thecamera would appeal to my audience more. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 5. The model is not wearing a lot of make-up, which follows the conventions of Christian magazines as we can see on Christian Musician and Worship Musician that the cover artists are not wearing make-up at all, while my model is wearing limited make- up. I justified my model not wearing a lot of make-up as I did not want her to be over-sexualised, which would go against Christian values; however, it would also have gone against Christian music magazine conventions.Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 6. The masthead of my magazine is in the top-left hand corner, which follows the conventions ofQ and NME. The mastheads of Christian Musician and Worship Musician are not in the top-lefthand corner, however this is because they are larger than the mastheads of Q and NME, andwould not have fitted in the top left-hand corner. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 7. The way that I have used my colour scheme is similar to the way that the colour scheme is used in Q, especially with the masthead. In Q, the masthead is the name of the magazine in a coloured box, with the writing in a contrasting colour, while the colour scheme flows from this masthead throughout the magazine. This is similar to how I have used my colour scheme, though my colour scheme is blue and green rather than red and white. However, when I designed my masthead as part of my House Styles, one of the colour schemes that I picked out for my masthead was red and white. However, I decided against the red and white colour scheme in favour of the blue and green because I felt that this suited my religious genre better and carried on the inside joke of the title.Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 8. The main coverline is the biggest coverline on the front cover, which is the same for all of the magazines that I have studied. This makes the reader sure which coverline is related to the cover star and is therefore the most important coverline. However, I have followed the conventions of the secular magazines more, as the coverlines on Q and NME are simply larger, and do not differ in colour and font from the other coverlines. However, in Worship Musician (above), the name of the artist is a different colour from the other coverlines; and in Christian Musician (left), the main coverline is in a different font from the other coverlines.Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 9. The coverlines in my magazine are ina list. This is following theconventions of Q and NME, which arealso in lists. However, the conventionof religious magazines seems to bethat the coverlines are in a more ‘random’ layout, which I thinkwould not appeal to my target audience as much. Indeed, myPreliminary Task had a layout like this, but when I moved on tomy Main Task, I decided against using a similar layout because Ididn’t think that it would suit my genre or my audience. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 10. My magazine follows the conventions of all the magazines that I have studied, inthat the barcode is small and tucked away. However, my barcode is tucked away inthe bottom left-hand corner, which is going against NME. However, all of the othermagazines that I have studied have the barcode in this corner. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 11. Conventions ChallengedFRONT COVER Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 12. I have gone against the convention of both secularand religious magazines by having my main imagetaken on location; Q, NME and Christian Musicianall have main images that are taken in the studio.However, Worship Musician has a main image onthe front cover that was taken onlocation, therefore a location main image is notcompletely against convention. I also think that thelocation main image fits with my genre better. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 13. My model is not standing in a particularly‘dynamic’ pose, while in the other magazines theyall have poses that suggest some form of power ormusical prowess. However, I have chosen not tofollow this convention as I wanted one of the mainthemes in my magazine to be simplicity, and nothaving a ‘dynamic’ pose shows this. Also, the maincoverline is “I didn’t know about my voice atfirst”, therefore my model looking slightly shyfollows on from the message that is given in thispull-quote. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 14. Conventions FollowedCONTENTS PAGE Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 15. I have followed the convention ofhaving a separate section of thecontents page reserved for the coverstory. I did this so that it was clearwhere the cover story was, and sothat the reader could go straight tothe cover story without having tolook through the features column forit. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 16. I have also followed theconvention of separatingthe different types ofarticle(features, regulars, etc.)in my magazine. This isso that the reader canquickly go to the type ofarticle theywant, whether it’s aregular that they want tocontinue following, or afeature article that theyhave a particular interestin. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 17. I have followed the conventions of both ChristianMusician and Worship Musician by having anEditor’s Letter on the contents page; Q and NME donot have Editors Letters on the contents page.However, the Editor’s Letters in the Christianmagazines are quite long, and the writing is quitesmall, as they are aimed at an older audience thanmy magazine. When I did my Preliminary Task, Iwas warned against having a long Editor’s Letter asthe audience would get bored reading it.Therefore, when I did my Main Task, I made theEditor’s letter shorter and with a bigger font. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 18. I have followed theconventions of Q andNME by having a lot ofimages on the contentspage to complementvarious articles. Thisappeals to my youngeraudience, and makes thecontents page brighter.However, the Christianmagazines only had twopictures on theircontents pages, whichwould not suit myyounger audience. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 19. The pictures that I have used also havecaptions, which follows the conventions ofQ. I think that this suits my audience betteras they can see which articles the picturescomplement.NME did not have captions on itspictures, but as the issue that I analysedwas an anniversary edition and the pictureson the contents pages were of the variouscollector’s covers, captions were not reallynecessary.The Christian magazines also lackedcaptions on their pictures, but thosemagazines are aimed at an olderaudience, therefore I think that havingcaptions would better suited to my youngeraudience. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 20. Another convention that I have followed is including the date and name of the magazine onthe contents page. In all of the magazines that I have studied, the date and name of themagazine has been included in the corner of the magazine. However, in those magazines theywere at the bottom of the page, and in my magazine they are at the top of the page.I have also chosen to follow the example of Q and have not just the name of the magazinerepeated, but the masthead. This increases the branding opportunities of the magazine, and –because the masthead itself is in a block – was relatively easy to achieve, as the masthead canbe discreetly placed at the top of the page without it becoming too small to be read. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 21. Another convention that I havefollowed on my contents page isto keep the colour scheme fromthe front cover flowingthroughout. The colour schemeon my front cover – blue, greenand white – has flowed throughto my contents page. This canalso be seen in Q (black, red andwhite) and NME (black, gold andwhite). It is less so in theChristian magazines, howeverthe shades of blue used on themastheads certainly flows to the contents page in Worship Musician, and in Christian Musicianthe gold colour of the writing seems to flow from the cover artist’s guitar. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 22. Conventions ChallengedCONTENTS PAGE Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 23. I have gone against the conventionsof having something on my contentspage that tells the reader that it isthe contents page. I have done thisas I felt that it is kind of obviouswhich page is the contents page.Also, Worship Musician does not say‘contents’ on the contents page,even though Christian Musician does, therefore it is not completely unconventional in areligious magazine to not include this title. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 24. Another convention that I have challenged is having a studio photo of the cover star on mycontents page. Q and NME both have studio photos of their cover stars on the contentspage, however the studio photo on my contents page is of an artist in the Christmas playlist. Ihave done this for two reasons:1. Logistical reasons; my model simply couldn’t get in to the studio2. The photo to complement the Christmas playlist article is better shot in the studio than on location, as the photo would get more of a wintery feel with the benefit of the white colourama in the studio than it could get on locationAlso, neither Christian magazine has a studio photo of its cover star on the contents page.Worship Musician has a photo from the same concert location as on its front cover, andChristian Musician does not have a photo of its cover star on the contents page atall, therefore it does not necessarily go against convention to not have a studio photo of thecover star on the contents page in a religious magazine. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 25. Conventions FollowedDPS Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 26. The columns follow theconventions of Q andNME, in that they are notjustified. In the Christianmagazines, they arejustified, however theyare aimed at an olderaudience then Q, NMEand my magazineare, therefore havingunjustified columns thatpromote informalitywould appeal to myaudience more. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 27. Another convention that I have followed isto have an introduction to the journalismto explain who the artist is and what theinterview is about, in my case, anupcoming EP.However, I have followed the conventionsof Q less than the conventions of the othermagazines that I studied. Q has a longintroduction to its journalism before theQ&A style interview. However, as mytarget audience is younger, I think thathaving such a long introduction wouldmake them bored. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 28. The questions in my journalism is to make them bold, which makes them clearerand stand out from the answers. However, this seems to be more the conventionin the secular magazines, as the Christian magazines have the interviewer’sinitials before the question, and then the artist’s initials before the answer.However, this is confusing as makes it seem as though there are noquestions, and that it is in fact just a conversation between two artists.Therefore, having the questions in bold is less confusing and clearer. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 29. I have used a pull-quote on the DPS, which has been used in both Q and NME. It wasnot, however, used in the Christian magazines. Also, my pull-quote was used over the bigimage on my DPS rather than in the middle of the journalism like in Q and NME, because ofpractical reasons; if I were to have the pull-quote in the middle of the journalism, I would nothave had room to fit all of the journalism in. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 30. Another convention that I followed was to add extra bits of journalism in square brackets sothat the reader can distinguish between what was actually said and what was added. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 31. Another convention that I followed was having informal language. This is particularly seen inthe Christian magazines, though can also be seen in Q and NME. This appeals to my youngeraudience. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 32. One convention that I followed was having the image on one side of the DPS and thejournalism on the other. I followed this as it was the most conventional thing to do, andtherefore would probably suit my audience more. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 33. The main image on my DPS is also a mid-shot (MS) which follows convention. This image issuitable as it shows the artist in closer detail than a long-shot and not in as much detail as aclose-up. This is ideal as it allows the artist to hold certain poses, like the singing pose that mymodel holds on my DPS. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 34. The colour scheme iscontinued from the front coverto the contents page to theDPS. However, the white hasgone from my colour schemewhich goes againstconvention, but this was sothat the background of my DPSdid not look too harsh in white. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 35. Another convention that I have followed is to have the name anddate of the magazine continued on the DPS. This works to make surethat the reader remembers which magazine they are reading and toincrease the branding of the name. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 36. Conventions ChallengedDPS Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 37. One of the conventions that Ichallenged was to have the bigimage on my DPS flowing frommy front cover. This is especiallyfollowed in WorshipMusician, which had the artistperforming on stage on the frontcover and the same concert onthe DPS. in my magazine, the picture on my DPS flowedHowever,from the contents page. This makes the front coverimage stand out, but also makes the images of my modelinside the magazine more personal as they aresimplified. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 38. Having smaller images on my DPS also did not followconventions, but were added because of a piece ofaudience feedback that I received on my House Styles.However, Worship Musician does have an extra image onits DPS, therefore it does not really defy the conventionsof Christian magazines. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 39. CONCLUSIONQuestion 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 40. Therefore, I have followed conventions of both secular and Christian magazines, as theChristian magazines that I studied are aimed at an older audience, while my magazine isaimed at a younger audience, which means that some of the conventions used in the secularmagazines are more relevant to my audience than the ones used in the Christian magazines. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
  • 41. Question 1: In what ways does your media product use, develop orchallenge forms and conventions of real media products?