Rosie Mickhaiel Magazine Evaluation

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Rosie Mickhaiel Magazine Evaluation

  1. 1. Coursework Evaluation
  2. 2. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? <ul><li>My media product uses forms and conventions of real media products in relation to the layout. It’s similar to existing magazines for example the main picture dominating the front cover, title going across the top and cover lines appearing each side. </li></ul>http://www.nme.com/images/84_NMEcover_L150406.jpg http://natashamedia.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/q-contents.jpg Cover band featured again, clearly labelled sections. Page number and magazine website at the bottom.
  3. 3. How does your media product represent particular social groups? <ul><li>I aimed for my magazine to have a ‘retro’ feel to </li></ul><ul><li>it and I tried to portray this theme throughout. I </li></ul><ul><li>researched this genre on the internet and looked </li></ul><ul><li>through existing magazines for images that could </li></ul><ul><li>inspire me (featured left). I decided to have the </li></ul><ul><li>photo shoot in the woods, to create a connection </li></ul><ul><li>with nature (this is created by the hippy </li></ul><ul><li>movement) and made the flowers a significant </li></ul><ul><li>part by having some font in the same colour. The </li></ul><ul><li>clothes were chosen specifically: short skirts </li></ul><ul><li>(inspired by Twiggy) and bright coloured clothes </li></ul><ul><li>(tights, accessories etc) all bind together to </li></ul><ul><li>enforce this retro theme that I was going for. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? <ul><li>My magazine will be distributed by an institution such as Bauer Media or NatMags as they distribute many successful magazines already. I think the audience in which ‘Sessions’ is intended for is broad therefore mainstream distributors could help to maximise the success of it. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bauermedia.co.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.natmags.co.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>www.ipcmedia.com </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who would be the audience for your media product? <ul><li>http://www.ipcadvertising.com/resource/va34k21vlftw4bazqkkngv6f.pdf - I used the audience profile for NME as a template and changed the stats to apply to my magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>Male: 25% </li></ul><ul><li>Female: 75% </li></ul><ul><li>Median age: 20 </li></ul><ul><li>ABC1: 70% </li></ul><ul><li>Readers have stated that SESSIONS is a reliable brand that keeps coming up with new and original articles/music. </li></ul><ul><li>Music: main focus of the magazine and readers can rely on it to keep them informed on the latest news of the music industry. </li></ul>
  6. 6. How did you attract/address your audience? <ul><li>I used many lures on the front cover to attract my </li></ul><ul><li>audience e.g. Competitions etc. I also used colours </li></ul><ul><li>which had connotations that I wanted my magazine to </li></ul><ul><li>portray: brown = earthy and real with a hint of </li></ul><ul><li>indulgence. Yellow = to compliment the daffodils, it </li></ul><ul><li>also emits happiness. Purple = royalty – all these </li></ul><ul><li>positive connotations will encourage buyers. </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Color_symbolism_and_psychology </li></ul>
  7. 7. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? <ul><li>This task has improved my knowledge of using desktop publishers massively. </li></ul><ul><li>It made me realise how much planning actually goes into any publication, </li></ul><ul><li>everything is thought about intensely from the lighting and the outfits to the </li></ul><ul><li>mise-en-scene and connotations are constantly considered. I mainly used </li></ul><ul><li>Photoshop for the editing but also used Paint for smaller re-touches and </li></ul><ul><li>thought it was easy to use to create something that looks professional. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product? <ul><li>To create my first front cover I only used Microsoft </li></ul><ul><li>Word and Paint and you can see that without using </li></ul><ul><li>Photoshop (which I did on the music magazine </li></ul><ul><li>cover) it’s hard to create something that looks </li></ul><ul><li>professional. I think the ‘Sessions’ front cover is </li></ul><ul><li>more complex as my understanding of magazine </li></ul><ul><li>conventions developed as well. </li></ul>
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