Q1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products
With the magazine pages I produced I stuck to the normal conventions of a magazine. With my contents page i print screened the front cover and pointed out where the main stories were on it. I got this idea from the magazine ‘ Cosmopolitan ’.
I used a box to write the contents in, I got this idea from the analysis of ‘ Kerrang !’s contents page. I found that this made it much clearer to read, and looks good. I stuck to the colour scheme of red, black and white.
For the front cover I also used the conventional colours of red, black, and white, I done this as I saw this colours being used a lot in mainstream magazines. I would want my magazine to be sold in large stores, with most of the other popular music magazines.
The front cover is very appealing as having a pretty girl, it grabs peoples attention, also the colours used, the bold title, the puffs, numbers used, and also having freebies included.
The double page was also laid out in a traditional way, with a large picture on one side, and the writing on the other side.
I chose the title ‘Fresh’ as the magazine will include an interview with a new upcoming artist/band, who will be fresh to the music industry.
The picture on the front page, and on the contents page, is of the fictional group ‘Lashes’. These are a new band that have had one single out that wasn’t too popular, and have now changed their style a little, to try and attract the majority of their target market.
In the pictures the girls are wearing fashionable clothes, on the front page Charlotte is wearing glasses. Geek glasses are very ‘in’ at the moment, lots of celebrities are wearing them.
Celebrities wearing geek glasses, the same as Charlotte, on the front page of my magazine.
Q3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
As I have said before my music magazine ‘Fresh’ is a mainstream magazine so would be involved in an institution such as ‘ Bauer ’. This is the publisher for Q magazine, this is also a mainstream magazine, that I would be very happy if my magazine was half as popular as.
In my questionnaire I produced I asked the question ‘How much would you be prepared to pay for a magazine’, and everyone said either £2, or £3. Because of this I chose to price my magazine in the middle, at £2.50. I think this is a good price, as I want to have an edge on competitors, and be the same quality but for a lower price.
To know how to attract my target audience I produced a questionnaire, for people in the age range of 16-25 to fill out. I learned a lot from the results of this questionnaire, of what I think I should include, what things attract them to the magazine.
I made sure that all of the writing including on the front page were relevant to the target market.
The colour scheme that was used (Red, black, and white) appeals to males and females, and is not bias.
Q6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
While making these pages of a magazine, I have learnt how to crop photos, use puffs, place writing over a picture, and many more things.
I found out how different colours together can attract peoples attention, more than others. How pictures are very important to who you are going to attract to your magazine.
I also learnt how to use ‘print screen’, as I used this on the contents page. I print screened the front page, and put it on the contents page, labelling the important parts so readers know where to look.
With using a digital camera for this project, I have learnt how lighting is very important, and how the different settings on a camera can make a massive difference to the end picture.
Q7. Looking back on your preliminary task, what progress have you made and what have you learnt?
In my preliminary task I don’t think I used the correct colours or pictures, I used quite a humorous picture, which is not to everyone’s taste.
Also with stating that inside there is an ‘Agony aunt’ not many boys will be interested in reading, or writing in to this.
Rather than sticking to conventional colours as I did in the music magazine, I used quite a range of colours. This looks messy, and all over the place.
Some of the writing on the school magazine cuts across the models face. With the picture being the main thing that attracts attention, this is not a good thing to do. I learnt from the mistakes that I made on the preliminary task, and made the music magazine the best that i could, in my ability.