My media product uses a mixture of conventions of a typical music magazine, while also challenging some forms of them at the same time. My music magazine follows the conventions and codes of what is needed In a typical music magazine such as a bold title, rebellious images and a colloquial tone towards the audience.
In spite of this, my magazine challenges these typical conventions, due to the fact that it has a USP (Unique Selling Point). My USP is that my product is doing a special edition issue, which means that it doesn’t go in accordance with typical features of the product.
My media product represents a certain social group. It targets towards the demography of anti – authority rebels and joiners. This is due to the image of my artist expressing angry and rebellious emotions and that her body language is proud and expressive, which aims and appeals to this social group.
Also, the use of the language in my magazine is very colloquial and is very “in your face”. The language isn’t well spelt or grammatically right, its short and simple so that this social class get the main information and then focus on the images and how the artists present themselves.
I think high street shops such as Tesco will distribute my media. This is due to the small groups of niche readers that go to these shops and are bound to pass this product. Also, many other music magazines similar to this genre such as “Kerrang” and “NME” allow these institutions to distribute their media for that particular reason.
The audience for my media product would be the age group of 14 – 19 and a mixture of male and female gender. The reason I say this is that the language is not rude which is what would be found in a magazine targeted at an older age group. Also the reason that it is appealing to both male and female is because of the model in my photos. She is appealing to both girls as she is fashionable and a role model and to guys because she is attractive and popular
I attracted my audience by using a model that was young and dressed up in fashionable clothes. Also the pose of the model is direct to the reader and makes the magazine personal. I also featured my model with the use of iconography, which is a flag. The flag is unusual and will catch the eye of the reader and interest them to read more in the magazine.
I also featured artists on the front cover in a bright colour, white, so that it stood out from the rest of the magazine. I used many colourful and eye catching images of artists within my contents page and minimum text use because as the age im aiming to appeal to is 14 – 19 year olds, they are bound to be more interested in images than lots of writing.
I have learnt that I need a different range of technologies such as scanners, memory sticks and the access of programs such as “Microsoft Word” and “Photoshop”. At first the ability to use “Photoshop” to design the three pieces of my product was hard and complicated to use. But after many uses of it, I began to understand how to use the different applications on it to successfully complete my task.
Looking back at my preliminary task, I have felt that I have improved my current task tremendously in comparison to my preliminary task. The main focus of my task, was to use a unique and exciting font type for my title and headings. This was because in my preliminary task, the font type I used was dull, boring and I knew that it wouldn’t appeal to my target audience. However, during my progression, I have progressively analysed different font types that I can use and eventually found one that reflected the mood the magazine was trying to express and the genre of the music.
I also learnt to use a wide variety of different photos for my main image and a trendy, fashionable look on the model. The photos in my preliminary task were not appealing or diverse. When it came to my photo shoot, I used different angles such as close – ups and low – angle shots to try and achieve an authoritive figure towards the audience, that would appeal to the demography.