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In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? My magazine uses aspects from current magazinesthese things are: ∙I have a mast head in my magazine which almost all magazine have anyway. ∙I have a logo paired with the masthead. ∙I have created and used a contents page which almost all magazine have.
∙Other aspects of my magazine that are similar to existing magazines is the fact that I have a house style. The colours and fonts remain the same throughout my magazine, making it more professional. ∙The fact that I have used photos in my magazine makes it similar to other magazines. ∙
The logo is a set of headphones which relates to the musical theme of my magazine. I have used the same colour scheme of, black red and white, throughout the magazine. I got this idea from Kerrang and NME who use the same yellow and black colour scheme.
How does your media product represent particular social groups? The people in my magazine are portrayed as independent and well behaved. The main interview in my magazine is a 17year old girl which makes her age fit in with what my magazine is aimed to be at.
Naomi Robinson Was the artist in my magazine’s main interview and she came across as a down to earth, well behaved girl. She would be a good role model for young people.
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? If I was to look for a publisher for my magazine then the first place I would start looking is the publishers of magazine similar to mine, such as Kerrang and NME Kerrang publisher: Bauer Consumer Media NME publisher: Faith Hill
Online distributers My magazine will be solely a online magazine so I will have to research into online publishers. Virtual Paper is a digital publishing specialist who turns your ‘paper collateral’ into online web pages. A lot of online magazines such as ‘The Buzz’ do not have online distributors and manage the magazine by themselves with the public participating in articles. My magazine would probably follow along these lines.
Who would be the audience for your media product? I have tried to aim my magazine at people between the ages of 14 and 20years old. This is because when I did research people aged between 14-20 were the majority of people who filled out my questionnaire. Also, I am in this age range so therefore I can relate with my audience better.
How did you attract your audience? To attract my audience of my magazine I used colours that both male and female can relate too. Also, the masthead ‘Off the record’ is very relatable because it’s simple and straight to the point. I also used images that stood out and fit the colour scheme of the magazine. This would attract the audiences eye and interested them enough to read.
How did you address your audience? I used simpler language then if I was aiming at a older audience making my magazine easy to read and understand. Although the language was simple, it was not to the point that it was mocking the audience. I also spoke to the audience as if they were a normal, down to earth person, so the magazine does not come across snobby or stuck up.
Audience Feedback 80% of the audience feedback said that the article in the magazine was easy to read and relate too. 60% of the audience feedback said that the images in the magazine weren’t as higher quality as they would have liked. 43% of the audience feedback agree that the colour scheme of the magazine work well together 68% of the audience feedback would buy my magazine because of the contents. 21% of the audience feedback do not like the layout of the front cover, they said it was too ‘crammed’. 84% of the audience feed back think the price of my magazine is suitable and would encourage them to buy it.
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? I learnt many new techniques things making this magazine. For example before I could start making or planning my magazine now, I had to research many other magazines and make a mock magazine for a completely different subject just to get the hang of making a magazine. I made a magazine about environmental problems.
I also learnt how to use a blogging site. I learnt how to edit a blog to make the entry look how I wanted and to present my work to look the best.
I also had to analyse existing magazines’ contents pages, front covers and double page spreads as these were the pages I had to create. Analysing these existing magazines gave me a good insight into what makes a good magazine such as: Kerrang, NME and Q magazine.
Programs used I used new programs that I haven’t used before with this project for example Fireworks. I had to edit photos to remove faults and imperfections to ensure that my magazine would be of the best quality. I also used publisher which I haven't used in great depth before. I learnt how to create my magazine in this program and make it look good.
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product? ∙I have leant many new techniques creating this product. ∙ I have learnt how to create a magazine. ∙ I have learnt a great deal of information on what makes a magazine successful. ∙ I have learnt aspects of things in a magazine and what they are called.
∙ I have learnt how to edit photos, and this will be a very useful task to take on into the future. ∙I have learnt how to create a product on Microsoft publisher which is also a very useful skill. ∙I have got to term with using an online blog and using HTML codes and imageshack. ∙I have also learnt how to address the public and get useful feedback from them. ∙I have learnt how to plan a project and then follow it through and meet my targets.