In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? This is how I used the conventions for my own magazine cover All the magazine that I researched had the stand first in capitals. This meant that it is conventional to have the stand first in capitals, as the name of theThe eyebrows are conventional magazine stands out Magazines suchhowever they are not essential to as Q and Vibe had the stand first with abe put on a magazine cover. left align. This influenced me to have mine with a left align as it was conventional.Cover lines are a conventionalbecause they enable the audience toknow what is in the magazine.However it is not conventional forcover lines to be placed a certain wayon the magazine cover The main image is conventional for all music magazines. The models Barcodes are conventional for every pose is adapted in every magazine music magazine because they tell so that it matches the genre. I used the price of every magazine. The the bling so that it matches the Hip- way it is placed on every magazine Hop genre. The Source’s and Da is different. Vibe magazines pose also represents the hip-Hop culture as I used the same body language.
How I challenged theconventions The model is not facing the audience which is unconventional I did this so that the magazine looks differentI included a barcode forsmartphones because smartphones such as Blackberrysare more popular with my targetaudience which is 16-25. Thismeans that more of my targetaudience can get more out ofthe online website.
I have included pictures of music magazines to show their conventions and where I got the inspiration for my magazine contents? The house style of the magazine is clearly The stand first stands out in the shown. It is conventional for magazines to VIBE’s contents. The Image is have a house style. Many magazines that I in front on the stand first like the research have a house style. Q magazine front cover. I decided not to put and Vibe magazine have a definite house the main image that is on my style with is shown through out the contents front cover on my contents page. page. It’s conventional to have page numbers on the magazine contents. This makes it easier for the reader to find the pages. ItVibe magazine use one main image also helps save time if afor their magazine contents. Main reader saw the cover storyimages are conventional as they show on the cover.the audience were to find the mainarticles. It is conventional to have the models face the audience and make eye contact. Here I challenge the convection as the model is looking down .
In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? I made the standfirstI made the image full the bold so that thebleed because after audience can tell whoresearching other the artist is. The standdouble page spreads first has the sameI found the full bleed colour as the magazineimages more cover. The double pageappealing. spread resembles colours to the cover , this shows how I have continued the house style. I justified my text so that it looks more appealing to the audience. I thought this was conventional as inI included a main image in most double page spreads the textmy double page spread as it was aligned this way.is conventional for a doublepage spread to have animage. My model is holdingtheir fists. I made the modelpose in this way to show thepower they have whichsuggests that they are going I used a pull quote on the image soto be come a superstar. This that it can draw my readersimage is appealing to both attention. I put it on the image not inmales and females as most the text because the image is whatmales aspire to have the audience will see when they turnmuscles and females can the page to the double page spread.find it appealing as the modelis facing the audience.
How does your media product represent particular social groups? My magazine “MUS!Q” challenges the stereotypical teenager and young adults. Teenagers are shown to be careless, violent and associated with underage drinking and drugs. However my magazine MUSIQ doesn’t portray that image of teenagers as it as it shows young people with aspirations. The stereo typical My magazine shows teenagers to be aspiring. teenager and young My model is wearing adult is portrayed as fashionable trends and it being a thug or violent. shows him smiling. This Their shown the be takes out the negative wearing hoodies and connotations associated tracksuits. with teenagers as not all teenagers are like the “stereotypical teenager”I think that the girl in your contentspage is a bit sexual, this is how womanare represented in magazines - Amy 18
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?Bauer Media Group is a very success full media group they have differentforms of media such as , magazines, radio stations and television channels.They have 99 iconic brandsBauer Media Group would publish my magazine because they have a gap inthe market. All of their music magazines are made for males. The don’t haveany Hip-Hop magazines aimed at young adults and teenagers. For exampletheir magazine Q’s median age is 27. By targeting a much youngeraudience they can get a bigger profit as the price of my magazine is a lowprice this would mean that more young people can afford to purchase themagazine.
Who would be the audience for your media product? My Media product is aimed around the age of 16-25. I feel that the connotations around my media product are suited to people in the age group. The fonts that I used and the images would stereotypically attract people in this category. I used this age group because most of the magazines are aimed at a much older generation. The social class of my audience is the C1 class. This is because they can be able to buy the products advertised in the magazines. My audience definition is that They watch music channels Own the latest trends and trainers Listen to new and upcoming artist on YouTube Be interested in Hip-Hop and urban music . They must recognise the artists on the front cover.The magazine adverts encourage me tobuy the products – Mo 20
How did you attract/address your audience?I used language that wouldappeal to my audience. I usedthis to attract my audience as thelanguage relates to them. I included the barcode because smartphones are popular within teenagers. This makes it easier to access the website on their phones. I used eyebrows to appeal to my I used my house style so it’s not audience as they reviewed more associated with stereotypical artists that are in the magazine. male and female colours. This This is more appealing to the represents the music magazine is audience as they can identify their unisex. favourite artists and purchase the magazine. I used a drop shadow behind the image this creates an effect as it looks more professional therefore it can attract both genders to my magazine.
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing thisproduct? I have gained some InDesign skills from the first time I used InDesign for my preliminary exercise. I have used InDesign when be siding what type face to use for my stand first also when making my double page spread. I have found InDesign very useful and it was easily accessible, this made it easier for me to do a don’t of my work on it. I took some getting used to then it became simple to use. I have gained some Photoshop skills . This allowed me to edit pictures, cut the picture out of the background. I found photo shop very helpful in making my magazine as I was able to make the magazine how I wanted to make it . I found photo shop very difficult to use however after a couple weeks of using it I became familiar with the software which gave me great result which my magazine cover. I used a Nikon camera to take my pictures. This mean I could use top quality images in my magazine. I also took the pictures portrait. So that I can get more out of the image. It was very accessible to use and I found that the camera produced good pictures.
I have learnt how to construct my interviews well, and it waseasily accessible as I had this software at home, thereforemaking it easier for me to work from many places. I found using Microsoft PowerPoint easier than using Microsoft word document as it is easier to label and annotate my work. It uses a range of different techniques which result in making pictures and titles stand out thus attracting people to the magazine.
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from itto the full product? I used this flat plan for my contents page. However I had to alter some pages because I felt that they were in the wrong place. I showed this using my contents page. I have learnt that I can make some changes when planning the pages in my magazine contents. I changed the layout out of my magazine cover and layout after researching more Hip-Hop and urban music magazines. I felt that my magazine wouldn’t appeal to my target audience. It was important that I chose a contents page layout that would attract more readers and appeal to them. I think I have made a progression in understanding how other magazines layout the cover and contents page. I also felt that I have grasped a better understanding of my audience as I was able to identify what would appeal to them and what wouldn’t.
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product? The main image for my preliminary exercise is not every professional. The main image is also not looking at the audience this is shown as in my final magazine cover the model is not looking directly to the audience.The masthead in mypreliminary front cover’shouse style is not shown onthe masthead as it has a lot I included eyebrowsof different colours on to emphasise what ifthem. going to be in my magazine. However my preliminary doesn’t have eyebrows showing how I have progressed to know the importance of eyebrows. Since the preliminary exercise I have learnt some more skills in using photo shop. After researching magazine covers I have designed my magazine cover so that it looks like existing ones . The first magazine that I designed the typeface is not clear enough for the reader to read.
Theres a more defined housestyle in my magazine, howeverin my preliminary magazine My final stand firstcover theres too many colours stand out more thanwhich is a bit too much. my preliminary stand first. This makes it more visible that it is a contents page.My magazine picture is not at highquality as the model is facing the leftwhich shows how she’s not associatedwith the magazine. However although On my preliminary exercise the magazine contents looks emptymy model is facing right and not at the however on my final contents page I included two picturesaudience hes pointing at the text so which makes it more professional and appealing but mythe reader follows his arm and reads preliminary exercise looks unfinished.the text.