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Critical Evaluation Lois Hill

  1. 1. MuseMe Critical Evaluation By Lois Hill
  2. 2. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? <ul><li>Conventions are typical things a reader would look for in a magazine. Such as large clear headings, colour schemes to reflect the type of magazine and pictures to illustrate the stories the magazine may tell or to draw audiences in as it would be easier to recognise someone by their face than reading their name. </li></ul><ul><li>The name of my magazine “MuseMe” is written clearly in large bold letters at the top of my front cover. I used this convention because as someone is looking for a magazine they will always look at the top to see which magazine it is. If I were to challenge this convention by placing the name of my magazine at the bottom, it could easily go a miss making it more difficult for the audience to find it. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Continued.. <ul><li>A picture of the artists that are to be the main features of this “edition” of my magazine is on the front cover which takes up the majority of the page. I used this convention like most magazines to show off the best feature of my magazine, as it is what will most likely draw attention to the audience. </li></ul><ul><li>Most conventional double page spreads would have a heading at the top right hand corner, with text underneath and a main picture. I decided to challenge this double page spread as I felt it fit my story better, with the two separate pictures on both pages and the heading in the middle with text underneath. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How does your media product represent particular social groups? <ul><li>As I found in my questionnaires that most 16-18 year olds listen to Indie and R&B and Soul, I decided to make my feature a cross between the two, widening the range of my audience. By targeting teenagers, I had to use language lay outs and colours to attract them. The pull-out quote from my double page spread is “I took one look at his shoes and wanted to throw up”. This reflects teenagers as they are still at the age where they don’t care about insulting each other, whereas if this was an adult magazine they would pick up on the lack of respect and find it rude. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? <ul><li>17% of magazines are published on the internet so this would be a likely institution as a lot of 16-18 year olds spend their time on the internet. Other likely places would be newsagents and shops that have magazines racks as it could be sold along with other magazines that it would be competing with, making the front cover more vital. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Who would be the audience for your media product? <ul><li>The audience for my media product are 16-18 year olds. This was the age group of whom I mainly gave my questionnaires to. When analysing the data from my questionnaires, I found that 16–18 year olds mostly listen to R&B and Soul and Indie music. By making the main feature of my magazine a combination of R&B and Indie, I will be widening my target audience as it will appeal to people who listen to both genres of music. </li></ul><ul><li>The artists I photographed are teenagers, this will appeal to teenagers as they will like to address their style and looks, drawing more attention to the front cover of my magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>The language used in my magazine also directs at 16-18 year olds as it uses language that teenagers would use and be used to hearing in their own every-day lives. </li></ul>
  7. 7. How did you attract/address your audience? <ul><li>The main attraction of my magazine, in my opinion, is the picture of the two artists on the front cover. I think this would attract my target audience (16-18 year olds) as they are posing in teenage-style way, without looking too serious. Teenagers will be able to relate to this and by seeing two teenagers on the front cover they will address their clothing and style. This will create more time that my target audience will be looking at the front cover. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Continued.. <ul><li>I think the name of my magazine will also attract my audience, as it is in the top left hand corner of my front cover where most magazines also keep their names of their magazines. This means that if someone is looking for the magazine “MuseMe” it will be easy for them to find, as if I were to make it difficult, 16-18 year olds are unlikely to spend the effort of looking for it . </li></ul>
  9. 9. What have you learnt about the technologies from the process of constructing this product? <ul><li>From the beginning of constructing this product until now, my own knowledge has developed on using Photoshop, PowerPoint and being able to upload photos. From never using Photoshop before, I can now edit and enhance photos and am able to make photo creations starting from a blank sheet. When uploading photos my knowledge of being able to wisely choose which photos to use has developed, as it is important to choose photos which will reflect the magazine’s style and can relate to the audience. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learned in the progression from it to a full product? <ul><li>From looking at my preliminary task and being able to see the large contrast between it and my final product, I can see that I’ve learned to use the technologies of editing and enhancing photos and photo creations. After doing research, I now know what conventions other magazines used which has helped me to have a better understanding of how to attract an audience and appeal to a certain age range. I also have a better understanding of what should feature in different genres of magazines and the sort of genres that attract certain audiences. </li></ul>