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  • 1. Cure Magazine Evaluation By Joseph Goodwin
  • 2. Masthead Images used Cover Lines Images used
  • 3. In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products ?
    • Masthead – The Masthead allows readers to recognise the magazine and can be used as a trademark of the magazine. My masthead is in a neat text style so that it gives the reader an immediate impression of being smart and professional. I followed codes and conventions by placing the masthead on the left third of the magazine so that customers can see which magazine it is when on the shelf in a shop
    • Cover Lines – I chose to put everything that was in my magazine as my cover lines, as I thought it was quite different and unique, which went with the unconventional theme of the magazine, I also thought it was quite a nice design feature as well which added to the front cover as well as being informative.
    • Images used – The images I used were images which I thought sat nicely on the white backdrop, I used photoshop to edit the photo’s as the light wasn’t ideal. I also scanned drawing’s into the computer and used them, I thought they brought another dimension to the magazine and made it quite unique.
  • 4. Masthead Articles Image
  • 5. In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products ?
    • The contents page is laid out in a very simple way, with the image dominating the page, this follows on from the image on the front cover which is drawn in the same style and by the same artist, this carries on house style, which is quite arty and different from all other music magazines, there is also quite a lot of white space which carries on throughout the magazine and contributes to the house style. It is laid out in a simple way so that it is easy to read, and less is more in this case.
  • 6. Columns Name of article Page number Pull Quote Main image Images
  • 7. In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products ?
    • In the double page spread I have used the same font, as I have throughout to create a house style. I have also kept the white space, and I like the look of the black neat text on the white background as it really stands out and jumps out at you. For the images I used levels and curves on photoshop. I placed the images around the edge of the page as I thought it was unique feature of the double page spread and made it look different to other music magazines and followed the unconventional theme of my magazine. I kept the layout clean and easy to read again which goes well with my house style, which is less is more.
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    • So in what ways does the double page spread of Cure magazine represent certain social groups?
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    • With the image of the three boys, the target audience will be drawn in as they would be able to relate to the photographs of the boys, as it isn’t some glossy photo shoot, which most people will not know or have any experience with, this is why I have kept the time and date on the pictures. The photo’s represent the youth of today, as they are just hanging out and having a laugh as teenagers do, so it represents teenagers who aren’t old enough to go out clubbing but are to old to use their imagination to amuse themselves, so the target audience will be or will have been able to relate to this. The unconventional theme of the magazine aims to attract students, who look for something a bit different to what is available in the market, with the drawings, images and overall layout it looks to attract people like art students as it breaks away from the mainstream magazines.
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    • So what do others think of my magazine ?
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    • My magazine would be published by Vice magazine as it has the same target audience, and publishes itself as it is a free magazine. Vice magazine also has a similar unconventional theme which breaks away from the mainstream magazines, Vice however is not a music magazine, so the two magazines would compliment each other.