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Analysis of q magazine front cover

  1. 1. Sandra Maniraguha Analysis of Q magazine front cover Masthead This is the title and/or logo of the magazine Numbers are used to attract the audience to feel like they are getting value for money. Main Image: the biggest image or illustration on the page. Plug: Information about the contents of a magazine given on the front cover. Main cover line: This is the text that goes with your main image. Cover lines Aside from the main cover line, there will be others that flag up different stories inside the magazine. Puff: Words or phrases on the cover of a magazine used in order to attract customers boost sales
  2. 2. Sandra Maniraguha Q magazine is a music magazine which was first published in 1986 in the United Kingdom. Within the magazine they review, live shows, albums and a section on films but they concentrate on Music throughout the issue which is indicated by the front cover. Audience http://magazines.bauermediaadv A large percentage of Q’s readers are 15-24 (35.5%) which indicates that the front covers will be presented to suit the majority audience but will still have some parts to it which appeal to everyone. The magazine will have relevant artists on the front to draw the audience in. Regarding the audience the largest group of readers within gender are men, coming in at 68.3%, looking at the cover above, we see that the idea of “sex sells” is relevant when appealing to a target audience. A beautiful, popular and half naked woman is on the cover to bring in the majority audience and will induce young women to want to look like a representation of a star because men are interested in that look. The type of audience that is interested in this type of magazine would most like be seen at live events such as Glastonbury, which ties in with the magazine because every year “Q” magazine does a review on Glastonbury for the readers. ABC1 PROFILE: This ABC1 profile fits the target audience because Q magazine is for readers who are more likely to go to music festivals and music festivals are not cheap. Take for example a Glastonbury ticket costs £160 + a booking fee (£5) also the
  3. 3. Sandra Maniraguha issue costs £3.99 which is expensive compared to other magazines and newspapers that have the same genre with in them but are not specialised on the genre. Genre This magazine is a music magazine which is shown by the references to music artists such as; lady gaga, Madonna, Gorillas and many more. The magazine uses conventions that fit all types of magazines. Masthead: magazines use the masthead to draw their audience in, so the reader knows exactly what magazine it is because it’s familiar. This is needs to be eye-catching, and tell your potential reader what the magazine is about. “Q” does exactly this, they use a specific font, colour and position the “Q” in the top left hand corner because that is what their audience will recognize, and it’s a convention they stick to. Representation The main characters on the magazine are shown on the front cover, they are all music artists. This connects to the type of magazine “Q” is, if they put an actor or someone that was not a musician they would not be delivering what their target audience wants to see. The musicians on the font cover are represented as sex symbols because they are dressed in next to nothing and they look sultry. This image is used to draw the reader in to want to see more pictures like this on the inside. The people in the main image are represented as being above others for example in the picture above of Florence above large monuments from around the world makes it seem like she is looking down at the readers which automatically gives the musician a higher status also shown by Cheryl Cole being above a city.
  4. 4. Sandra Maniraguha Their importance can also be shown by the type of font their name is written in, it is completely different to the type of font used for the other pieces of texts. Language The type of language the magazine uses is based around their target audience. The use words such as; shocking and exclusive to entice their reader to buy the magazine because they would get information that they wouldn’t find anywhere else. “Q” magazine is known to use a dark or plain background so the reader can concentrate on the main image.