How my Media Product challenges real media products.
My Media Product challenges real Media Magazines as my Research was done on a cross-section of magazine types. Therefore the final product is a compilation of the most successful lay-outs and Styles of other existing Magazines. It challenges Real Media products by using upcoming bands that are not heard of. It also focus’s on a main event that has taken place, Which for my magazine was Results for a “Battle of the Bands”. My magazine also use’s the idea that these new bands all have young members in, with their music appealing to quite a Teenage to Young Adult Audience.
The Conventions expected to be seen on a real Magazine Front-Cover are also used such as the Lay-out. The large, eye-catching font for the main feature of the magazine, with a wide variety of texts used so each section on the front cover looks like it covers a different aspect of what's inside the magazine.
My Contents Page is also what people would expect to see in a contents page. The pages split up into “Regulars” and “Features” with some page’s to go with pictures of what its about. Still a variety of texts is also used, and colloquialism language used to appeal and seem to be directed at you.
My Double-page spread is also what people expect to see, mainly because of the lay-out, the structure of the text and what it contains. The text structures are split into columns usually with a picture associated with it, With the main Title in the Top-Left corner and that’s how my magazine is laid-out.
How my Media Product represents particular Social Groups
My magazine is trying to appeal to the social group that like rock and roll, and Metal. I believe that my magazine achieves this through the colour scheme used, the language and the lay-out. Also the features inside would be the kind that appeal to that specific social group.
The colour scheme appeals to the social group by being very bold, hard-hitting colours of mixtures of Black and Red. These colours are strong colours, which represent an aura of recklessness and rebellion. These traits are the kind that appeal to young Rockers and Metal-heads.
The language is used in a direct and colloquial sense so that you get the impression that you are being told what's going on in the magazine rather than reading it. Also the lay-out of the text and images are all cropped and edited to fit better and to look less organised, like a teenagers room, which the audience can relate to.
What Kind of media Institute would distribute my Media Product
I think that my media product would be distributed effectively through:
- Music Festivals
In the Newsagents would be a very suitable place as that is the main place where Magazines are sold, and my Magazine would appeal to the specific audience aged 15-21, and a Newsagents is where people this age would go to buy a magazine.
Music Festivals would also be good, as some festivals are very popular, e.g. “Reading Festival” which is a rock festival and my magazine is a Rock/Metal magazine, so everyone there would be interested in my magazine as it would appeal to them.
The Internet is an form of publishing that is becoming increasingly popular through people all ages. Therefore publishing your magazine online is an effective method as then it is available to anyone who wish’s to purchase it online.
The ideal audience for my magazine would be mainly the “ Rockers ” and some aspects of my magazine would also appeal to the “ Metal-heads ”, mainly because my magazine’s genre is Rock and Metal. The features inside are aimed at those social-groups. The lay-outs of the Front page, the Contents page, and the Double-page spread are all very bold and exciting with lots of different texts, creative language and images that accompany the texts.
Before I made the product, I researched a cross-section of people at the age I aimed at (between 15-21). The overall interest showed that the music genre’s “Rock” and “Metal” stood high above the other genre’s. Therefore I designed this product around the interests of my specific audience. I also researched into other Magazines that did these genre’s such as “ Kerrang! ” and “ Metal-Hammer ” and looked into what features made these magazines Appeal to their audience.
I Attracted my audience with powerful features. Since my audience were Teens and Young Adults, my magazine appeals to them with a sense of rebellion through colloquial language and large images.
The Images used are all of live bands playing. They are large images and capture every angle of the band, because people are interested in music, usually are involved in playing a musical instrument, therefore you can see the instruments being played such as guitars, drums etc. This will then be much more appealing than if you couldn’t see all the band playing all their instruments.
Overall I think the way the overall magazine is structured with its features and images attract and address the audience the best.
What I have learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product
I have learnt that the way to take a picture, can be altered so dramatically with something as simple as location (The Rule of Thirds). This Rule has helped me when I was judging when and how to capture an image. When I first started this project, I simply thought “A picture is the same no matter what”, However I have come to learn how precise it can be when trying to fit specific pictures, to a specific genre and with my media product.
Using technologies such as “Adobe Photoshop 5.0” has helped me when creating and cropping images anyway I want to help fit and show the genre of my Magazine.
Looking back at my preliminary task, To the full product, I have learnt that
Trying to make an original Magazine idea look professional takes a lot of research, editing and careful analysis of how to interpret your magazine.
Challenging existing conventions to develop idea’s about your own magazine, also how to shift your magazine to be either of one genre or another or several.
My preliminary task was poorly done, simply because of less understanding of existing media conventions, which I have researched to further my knowledge about these conventions and applied what I learnt to my magazine, which gave it an overall higher quality.
Since my Preliminary task, I have became more confident to how I address certain audiences, use computer software such as “Adobe Photoshop” and how to use my creativity.
I am very happy with how far my knowledge and skills have improved since my Preliminary task to my final product.