QUESTION.1 IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR MAGAZINE USE, DEVELOP AND CHALLENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF REAL MEDIA PROUCTIONS?
Answer to Q.1 A masthead is a important area of an media product , it’s always used on magazines. So the reader can identify what their reading. So it was definitely a must to have one . I used a slogan for my magazine so the reader knows what type of audience this magazine is for. Which clearly states “young, cool and talented”. On a down side it can still limit my audience, because someone might think their not cool or talented. However I think I challenged the fact that my clarity of who my audience is very straight forward and doesn’t beat around the bush. I stuck to the forms and conventions by also using a date. Because I think its good for the readers to know how up to date this information is. The issue number is also a form and convention of a magazine. And I chose to use it because I felt the audience should know how the magazine is progressing . Bar codes are always on magazines , so the shop owner can scan it. But their either on the front or the back. Mine was on the front because I had an advert at the back and companies pay big money for their add. for my targeted audience which is around 14+ I think my pricing is correct. I think teenagers and people just leaving their teens can afford 2 pound. Having sell lines on my front cover doesn't challenge the forms and conventions of a media product. I chose to use sell lines because it informs the reader what’s inside the magazine before they actual read it or buy it. And I think it was good to have on my magazine because it helps sell the magazine. Most magazines have the artist or celebrities name at the front with their picture. Which exposes the celebrities and it also makes people want to buy it if they’re a fan. Most magazine have 2 colours , maximum 3 colours for their colour scheme. I have red, blue, (which are the main ones that stand out) followed by white and black as a background. Although that’s more than 3 colours it doesn't look over colourful or complicated. But you can say I did challenge the forms and conventions a little.
Answer to Q.1 Normally the contents font is the same as the masthead. And that’s the case in my magazine. Normally the headings of the categories are scattered around the page. But I decided to have them right under each other so its easier for the readers to find the category their looking for. So I think I challenged the norm of a contents page on a magazine and the way the categories are set. Also the page numbers are in a straight line under each other, so it’s easier to find the page numbers also. Here I have a quotation from one of the ‘exclusive interviews’. I put this here because this line might attractive the readers attention and they will wonder who said this and what article its on. and below the quotation the page number directs them to it. I’ve seen this before on magazine covers and consents pages before so I wouldn’t say that I challenged the forms and conventions. Most contents pages have the main feature on their contents page as well as their front cover because it’s giving the artist more exposure. And also reminds them when they open the magazine to remember thee faces. Contents pages usually have images of what's inside the magazine , to get the readers excited and a feel of what their about to read and see. so yet again having these images wasn’t challenging anything.
Answer to Q.1 Every double page spread has a picture or two of the artist their talking about or interviewing. Other wise the readers wouldn’t know who their talking about. So I thought it made sense to do the same. I only used one imagine even doe I would have liked to use 2 more. Here I have the name of the duet and their names individually. which is also normal and a must in a interview article because the readers need to know who they are , and as part of the interview they need to be introduced. normally in interviews, you just have a straight question and answer format. But before I done that I introduced the duet and wrote a brief paragraph about them. which most interview articles don’t do. Not all but most, so I'll say I challenged the forms and conventions a little bit by doing this. The colour of the question and the answer are always in different colours. so it makes it easier for the reader to understand. so the forms and conventions stayed the same on this one. If you zoom and look close enough (or go my blog where my final magazine is.) You can see that in certain answers I wrote how they responded to the question in . for example it might of said in brackets laughed Isha or smiled Marnii. I done this so the readers could see the personalities of the artist individually and how the bond together. I haven't seen many magazines do this, they just give the answer, but as a reader you could interrupt the answer anyway. But by saying how they replied to the question makes the reader feel like they where at this interview and they know the artist. so I think I challenged the forms and conventions for the most part on this section of the double page spread.