In what way does your media productuse, develop or challenge forms andconventions of real media products? Through the research that I done before starting my product, I was able to get an idea of what my magazine will need to represent a student magazine. I used the layout and key features that were included in the professional products as a guide to making my own product. The research that I conducted before starting my magazine included researching different types of college magazine and highlighting things that were different from one another and the things that appeared in all of the magazines I looked at. I believe that the research was very useful as it guided me in the process of making my own magazine. for example I was able to identify the different characteristics of the magazine such as the layout, colour choice, front sizes and I was able to incorporate that into the making of my student magazine. I decided to challenge the generic conventions of a magazine by playing around with my content page and rotating the images around.
How does your media product represent particular social groups? My media product represent my particular social group because my image is of a young female in that social group. The text is not written in standard English as my social group is not for the older generation but instead college people. My masthead is based on my social group and the layout and choice of colours reflect my social group my magazine is based on.
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? As my magazine is aimed at college students I believe that media institution that may distribute my magazine will be in the colleges, in local shops and in the library. This is because the magazine is for students therefore it will be sold where students will tend to go and see it, i.e. it is not a food magazine so it will be very unlikely to be sold in a supermarket.
Who would be the audience for your magazine? The audience for this magazine will be from the age of 15-19 as those are the ages you either become interested in the college lifestyle or are currently living the college life and would like to be kept up to date with things going on around you.
How did you attract/ addressyour audience ? Through the research I done I was able to get a better understanding of my target audience which made it easier to address my audience. I attract my audience through my main cover lines and other storylines which they could relate to.
What have you learnt abouttechnologies from the process of constructing this product ?I have learnt the different tools that is required to make a magazine and how much hard work is need to achieve the best end result as possible.
Looking back at your task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product ? Looking back I believe that I have learnt that it takes a lot to make a magazine and it is vital to do lots of research before making anything as you nee to know you target audience in order for your magazine to sell. One thing that I would do differently if I were to do it again is to look at a wider range of magazines and not just students in order to fully compare the difference and similarities from them. I would also use more tools to create more effect on the final product.