By Abbie
Woodnutt
IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR
MEDIA PRODUCT USE,
DEVELOP OR CHALLENGE
FORMS AND CONVENTIONS
OF REAL MEDIA
PRODU...
 I made sure that in most ways my magazine uses typical forms
and conventions of real pop music magazines, although in ot...
 I have featured a young, female celebrity as the
front cover, which is something many pop music
magazines, such as ‘WE <...
 In my double page spread, I used a quote as the heading, taken from the
article. I have found that many music magazines ...
 On my contents page, I have made clear sections for
sectioning the pages within the magazine. I noticed this as a
common...
 My chosen photo challenges conventions of a typical pop
music front cover, as does not include overly heavy ‘pop’
makeup...
 My contents page challenges forms and
conventions of most pop music magazines, as
only includes content about/based arou...
 Overall, I feel that my music magazine complies to most
conventions of real pop music magazines, although I have
develop...
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Evaluation Question One - In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

  1. 1. By Abbie Woodnutt IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT USE, DEVELOP OR CHALLENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF REAL MEDIA PRODUCTS?
  2. 2.  I made sure that in most ways my magazine uses typical forms and conventions of real pop music magazines, although in other ways slightly challenges the conventions, to try and appeal to a slightly older audience, rather than a typical very young target audience.  The areas which I did not comply to normal pop music magazine conventions, were due to me wanting to appeal to a slightly different target audience, to make my magazine unique and slightly different to most on the market.  On the whole throughout my magazine, I have used typical ‘pop magazine’ conventions, although have focussed my content on music rather than gossip (which is what I have found most pop “music” magazines do, based on my research). Fitting this, I have targeted my magazine at a slightly older audience, interested in pop music, rather than gossip.
  3. 3.  I have featured a young, female celebrity as the front cover, which is something many pop music magazines, such as ‘WE <3 POP’ do to appeal to their target audience of young females.  Another convention that I have complied to is featuring pop artists on my front cover, such as One Direction and ‘Rozie Davis’; a new pop artist in the music industry, which magazines often do to promote new artists and current artists.  I have included ‘5 Free Posters’ as a plug (on a puff) which is a common convention of a music magazine, to draw the audience in and persuade them to buy the magazine to get a free ‘gift’. HOW DOES MY FRONT COVER USE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF REAL MUSIC MAGAZINES?
  4. 4.  In my double page spread, I used a quote as the heading, taken from the article. I have found that many music magazines do this technique to attract the audience about something interesting within the article.  I also used a pull-quote, which , similarly to the heading, adds interest to get the audience to continue reading the article. This is a very common theme among music magazines, such as ‘TOTP’ Magazine.  I have also included one main picture, that takes up the majority of the right page, of the interviewed celebrity/music artist, who is featured on the cover. Although, she is wearing different clothing/hair style, which is a common convention of music magazines. HOW DOES MY DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD USE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF REAL MUSIC MAGAZINES?  I have also differentiated the questions from the answers, which is a common convention of a magazine interview article, e.g. I have used bright green for the questions and dark grey for the answers to make a clear difference between questions and answers, similarly to ‘TOTP’, using bright pink and grey.
  5. 5.  On my contents page, I have made clear sections for sectioning the pages within the magazine. I noticed this as a common technique whilst looking at other magazines, as it gives the audience clear guidance for navigating through a magazine.  I have also included a picture of another popular artist, similarly to ‘TOTP’ magazine, in the corner of the contents page; an artist that the target audience will be interested in. HOW DOES MY CONTENTS PAGE USE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF REAL MUSIC MAGAZINES?  I have included the heading ‘What’s Inside… Louder’, which is a convention I noticed in magazines, e.g. ‘TOTP’s ‘Inside the mag’ heading. Other magazines use this, although with slightly different wording, which I’ve found to be more interesting than titling with ‘Contents’.
  6. 6.  My chosen photo challenges conventions of a typical pop music front cover, as does not include overly heavy ‘pop’ makeup, or an extravagant pose. I have chosen a more subtle image, to appeal to my slightly older/more mature target audience, unlike most pop music magazines.  Instead of using headlines on my front cover that are gossip- based, I have kept it exclusively music based, as this is what my content will include, within the magazine. HOW DOES FRONT COVER CHALLENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS?  Instead of using overly feminine, girly colours, I have based my magazine front cover on a more mature, although still feminine colour scheme. I feel that this will appeal more to my specific target audience, rather than the general ‘pop’ magazine target audience. E.g. I have used burgandy/green colours, rather than bright pinks and purples etc.
  7. 7.  My contents page challenges forms and conventions of most pop music magazines, as only includes content about/based around music. Most magazines, e.g. ‘WE <3 POP’ use general celebrity gossip within the different headings and sections on their contents page, as is what’s to be included within the magazine. HOW DOES MY DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD/CONTENTS PAGE CHALLENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS?  My double page spread again, does not include a particularly ‘posey’ image of my celebrity, which most pop magazines do, e.g. ‘TOTP’, as would not appeal to a more mature target audience, and would not fit in with the theme of my overall magazine.
  8. 8.  Overall, I feel that my music magazine complies to most conventions of real pop music magazines, although I have developed/altered some conventions, to fit with the theme/target audience of my magazine.  My overall target was to create a magazine targeted at younger females, although in a more mature way, also exclusively focussing on music, rather than general celebrity gossip. I feel that I have achieved this well, throughout my front cover, contents page and double page spread. I did this within the layout/colourscheme/images used, aswell as the article and actual content of the magazine. CONCLUSION

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