1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge the forms & conventions of real media products?
Usual conventions of a magazine:
the masthead is at the top of the cover
the cover lines then follow along the side
But for a school magazine it may be slightly different as it is more stylized and enhanced .
My cover is also kept minimal and so the reader can clearly see each cover line without any fuss or confusion.
I decided not to add a barcode onto my front cover as it is for a school which in this circumstance, the magazines are usually free so they are not needed.
Masthead Cover Lines
How does your media product represent particular social groups?
As the main topics in my magazine are fashion, music and current affairs it may apply to more performing arts based subjects, but as it is a school magazine it is not necessarily targeted at a certain group but for all young people in general, but just some of the content in the magazine may apply more to others.
3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?
As this is a school magazine for sixth form and college students, both boys and girls, it will only be distributed to these places, but as St Marylebone is a Performing Arts School it may just be circulated to these sorts of schools as the students can relate to the content of the magazine more.
4. Who is the audience for your media product? (the target market)?
My target market are young people currently in sixth form and college whom are interested in reading about current affairs, fashion and music.
5. How did you attract/address your audience? Bold text, placed from one side to the other, dominating my front cover. By having a black and white colour scheme followed by splashes of red for the cover lines it stands out a lot more, successfully attracting my potential readers. The cover is also simple and kept clear, making it easy for them to read, which then the reader will get the idea that the layout of the magazine is kept simple throughout. Monochrome colour scheme is unusual, which may immediately intrigue my potential readers.
6.In the process of constructing this product, what have you learnt about the technologies employed?
Through the process of constructing this product I have learnt many new sort of editing techniques which I did not know before
moving the image and resizing it so it is positioned slightly to the right
editing away any blemishes from the face
changing eye and hair colours.
I’ve also learnt that adding layers when doing something new is very important, as if something needs correcting you can simply just go back to that layer.
After then finishing my Photoshop work if I then put this on a PowerPoint document I can just go to slideshare.net and put my entire document on there instead of print screening, which is a lot more convenient and looks more professional.