Transcript of "Media Analysis of Magazine Articles"
Analysis of existing TV magazine Articles
Heading at top of the page inthe left hand corner. This hasbeen placed over thebackground picture, but over aplain coloured part as to makeit stand out for the reader tospot easily.The heading consists ofmultiple font styles, sizes andcolours. This makes it appearquite ‘qwerky’ and ‘cool’. Theheader is telling us what thisarticle is about, in as short adescription as suitable. Thismeans the reader immediatelyknows that this page is about‘behind the scenes’.It has a line coming from off thepage to break up the headingand the sub-heading. The sub-heading is a short clever quoteused to entice the reader intoreading this article.
This page has a second header placedabove the main article. This tells us thatthis heading relates more to the articlerather than the first heading whichrelates to the article as a whole. Thisheading; “New Who!” has internalrhyme, meaning the words rhyme witheach other, making sound like a coolclever little heading. It also helps keepthe heading short. This heading is nearenough the same overall size as theother heading, just placed elsewhere.The exclamation mark encourages thereader to ‘get into’ the article and readit with enthusiasm as this will make theprogramme seem more interesting andwill increase viewing. This heading isplain white, to match the backgroundof the article. It doesn’t stand outparticularly well against thebackground however. The font is quitestandard and keeps the article seriousat the same time as being cool andinteresting.
Above the main article there is a mainparagraph, which is used to interest thereader. This is the first part of the actualarticle that the viewer will read so it isquite witty, and humorous. It alsomatches the image that has been placednext to it. It is the same font style as themain article, except it is larger to make itstand out.
Next to the main article is a picture ofMatt Smith, of whom this spread isfocused around. He has been placedtactically next to the Heading “NewWho” which clearly links to him, andalso to the side of the article whichtalks about him. This is so that thereader can familiarise themselves withthe ‘story’ even if they havent heard ofthis programme before. They can seethe character and are learning aboutthe programme, making them moreinclined to watch it. He has beencropped and placed coming in from offthe page and then over onto thebackground picture. This gives him aalmost a three dimensional effect as ifhe is sticking out of the page.
In the bottom right hand corner of thispage is the name of the magazine andthe date of the issue. The magazinename is in a bold font to separate itfrom the date.In the bottom left hand corner is thepage number, so that the reader canflick through the magazine and findthe page.
The actual article is split into threecolumns each the same size. The firstcolumn has been designed to nottouch the image of Matt Smith. Thismakes him stand out more. Dropscap has been used to start theparagraph off, which makes it lookmore attractive to the reader. Thearticle is about behind the scenes offilming Doctor Who. This relates toall the surroundings of the text.
This page is made up mostly ofimages, making the readers eyes lookmore at pictures than text. Thisbreaks the page up and keeps thereader interested as images areeasier to look at than a block of text.The images on this page relate to thearticle, showing the programmebehind the scenes, including movingthe set and parts of the programme.The main image overlaps onto thispage also.The images have been overlappedand laid out in line with other thingsto give the page a sense of order. Forexample the image with the womanin black has been placed so that it ison the same level as the text thattalks about it. It also over laps themain image giving a 3D effect.
Again, the title of the magazineand the issue have been placedat the bottom corner of the page,this time on the other side as toproduce a symmetrical footer.The page number is also includedin the other corner.
The text on this page has been placedin-between the images to help break itup even more. It fills the gaps andkeeps the page full. Like the otherpage, it relates to the images that itplaced next to. Each small bit of texthas a header in red, which matchesthe heading on the other page. Thereis also a small red arrow pointingtowards the appropriate image thatthe text relates to.
The main image cover parts of both pages, merging them together as one large page. It is asuitable image as it is Doctor Who behind the scenes. It has been placed following the rule of thirds, as it covers two thirds of the pages and the police box is cutting straight through theleft pages rule of thirds. The police box is used as it is the most obvious doctor who prop. As soon as you see the box you know that it is from Doctor Who.
This page also follows the rule of thirds.Here you can see how the box is The main image takes up the top twoplaced centred over the upper rows, while the lower row is the same asright interaction. the left page. The second largest imageYou can also see how the image of on this page has been placed much likeMatt Smith is in the left column the police box as the centre of theand how the text is placed in the image is placed where the lower linelower row. meets the right hand line.
Much like the previous article,this one has a large heading inthe top left hand corner. Thisone is also made of differentfonts, using differentthickness’ and also italics.It has a small explanationunderneath the heading,much like the previous article.The small caption beneath theheading tells what the seriesis about, so that we know thevery basics. This makes usinterested and more likely toread on. Above the heading isa small caption telling thereader when this programmeis on, as to increase thechance of the reader watchingit.
Above the main article is asmall but clear box which tellsthe reader the exact time thatthe programme is on. It alsotells us what kind ofprogramme it is: in this case itis a fantasy drama. It alsostates the name of theprogramme which is obviouslyvery important. This box isyellow with a red strip at thetop, to break it up a bit. Thiscolour scheme makes it veryvisible.
In the left corner is a picture,placed half on the page. Itshows part of the TVprogramme so that theviewer can make an initialdecision as to whether itmight be of interest to them.This picture is of the actors,meaning anyone who hasseen these actors before willrecognise them. There is asmall caption explaining thepicture. The picture adds abit of colour to the page.
The main article is split into twocolumns of text. It is white tomake is clear against thebackground. The first column isshaped around the picturegiving the effect that the pictureis almost lying on top of thepage and someone has had tomove the text out of its way. Thewhite circle around the imagealso helps this effect. The textfits nicely into the corner of thepage meaning there is lots ofspace, and not much wastedspace.
In the bottom corner of thepage is the page number sothat the reader can navigatethrough the magazine easily.There is also the name of themagazine.
In the top corner, wherethere is not much, a quotehas been place to fill in theempty space. It has beenused tactically, as it seemsto be talking directly to thereader which will mostlikely entice them intoreading the whole quote,which just so happens tobe selling the programmeand increasing its views. Ithas been placed against ared background to help itstand out. It also matchesthe colour scheme of the“This week on TV” cut-in atthe top.
In the bottom third of the page,there is a box, split into columns,almost like a diagram or chart. Itshows us who the main actorsare in the Vampire Diaries. Thishelps the reader familiarisethemselves with the cast and thiswill interest them more. Like howthe image on the left works, thereader will hopefully recognisesome actors and thus becomemore interested as they knowthat they are good actors. Eachactor has a picture to make itmore visual. There is a smallparagraph under each pictureexplaining the actors role. Tokeep it matching the colourscheme, the actors names are ina bold yellow font. The wholething is boxed with a line to helpsorder the page.
The main image, is of the threemain characters in theprogramme. They are all lookingat the reader which interactswith them and draws them in.The image takes up the wholedouble page, with everythingplaced over the top of it. This fillsthe page with the mood of theimage which is quite an unusualmood. It almost like a fantasymood as it is a fantasy series. Theimage has been edited to makethe mood more apparent. Thecolour is very dense and thick,making the sky look fantasy like.
As you can see, the main image fits the rule of thirds; the sky in the top row, thepeople in the middle. The main heading fits in the top two left boxes. The “Who’sWho” chart fits into the bottom row. The article fits into the bottom left boxes almostcompletely. Finally, the quote fits into the top right box being in the centre.
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