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  • The magazine I have chosen my double page spread from is Q magazine which is a monthly music magazine that was first published in 1986.
  • How does the choice of band featured in the article suggest who the target audience will be?
  • The featured artist in this double page spread is Lady Gaga. I think that this can suggest a younger audience of both male and females between the ages of 16 and 25. I think this because Lady Gaga is a fashionable and versatile artist who is currently very popular in the music world and therefore in the media eye a lot.
  • What type of language is used in the article?
  • The language of the main article is fairly formal, informing reading of Lady Gaga’s upcoming tour and what they can expect from it. There are also some quotes from the artist in order to make Gaga seem more involved in the article as fans would more likely rather read what she has to say about her tour than just a list of things that are in it. As well as this some of the article is in direct speech such as the rhetorical question, “But what does that actually mean?“ this can involve the reader and make them want to read on.
  • How is colour used?
  • The three main colours used in my double page spread and throughout the whole of Q magazine are black, red and white. This is a very bold colour scheme that grabs the attention of readers and follows the convention of having only three main colours on a magazine page.
  • The majority of the writing on the double page spread is in a serif font with small sections of writing in a sans serif font that is usually also in capitals. The main body text is white with smaller sections in black and red. This appears to be a continuing theme throughout the “access all areas” section of the magazine but not through the whole magazine although serif fonts seem to be very common throughout the whole of Q magazine. This may suggest a slightly more mature audience as there is no decorative text in the magazine which overall gives off a very professional and quite simple looking appearance. I therefore don’t think that the audience will be young children or young teens.
  • How is the double page spread laid out? How much of the pages are taken up by images and how much by text? How does this reflect the audience? What do they value?
  • This double page spread follows fairly conventional rules such as.... A slug, a drop cap and a caption on the images. As well as a side bar and a button. It also has a “z” shaped eye flow going from the main image of Lady Gaga over to smaller ones, then to the main article and finally back over to more small images of Lady Gaga. It contains mainly images, I think this is because it is an article about her concert and people will want to see the concert more that reading about it
  • What tone is the magazine using when addressing the reader?
  • The overall tone of the main article is quite formal and factually however it also is occasionally conversational. For example when it says ““It’s a pop-electro opera,” claims Gaga. “It’s the greatest post-apocalyptic house party ever” Quite. But what does that actually mean?” The reader of this article doesn’t have to be well informed however this is more an article for a fan as it is publicising her tour a topic that would only interest someone who was already a fan of Lady Gaga
  • How is the artist/band presented to the audience through the images? You may wish to carry out a textual analysis.
  • The images in this article present Lady Gaga in a clear and trustworthy way as they are images from her tour rather than a posed photoshoot of the artist. They show her eccentric style and give the audience a clear idea of what they can expect from her and her tour.
  • How does the style of the article match the style of the front cover?
  • Both the cover and article follow the same colour scheme of red. white and black which is consistent throughout the whole magazine. They also both have similar fonts However they are different as the main cover image is an illustration portraying a different artist form the double page spread which is about Lady Gaga
  • Does the article demand any prior knowledge? Both the article and the cover have the same colour scheme which is also consistent throughout the whole magazine they also use the same fonts. However they are different as the main cover image is an illustration representing another band and not the artist on the double page spread.

Music  Magazine  Double  Page  Spread  Analysis Music Magazine Double Page Spread Analysis Presentation Transcript

  • Music Magazine Double Page Spread Analysis By Sophie Bouamar
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  • How does the choice of band featured in the article suggest who the target audience will be?
  • Lady Gaga
  • What type of language is used in the article?
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  • How is colour used?
  • White Red Black
  • What style of text is used? Is it similar to any other pages? What does it say about the image of the magazine and the audience?
  • Serif font in white for main body text Sans Serif font is used in some areas and is usually in capitals
  • How is the double page spread laid out? How much of the pages are taken up by images and how much by text? How does this reflect the audience? What do they value?
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  • What tone is the magazine using when addressing the reader?
  • ““ It’s a pop-electro opera,” claims Gaga. “It’s the greatest post-apocalyptic house party ever” Quite. But what does that actually mean?”
  • How is the artist/band presented to the audience through the images?
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  • How does the style of the article match the style of the front cover?
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  • Does the article demand any prior knowledge?
  • Music Magazine Double Page Spread Analysis By Sophie Bouamar