Research Main Task – MediaSarah – Louise Hurley
Text Platform ConventionsText platform conventions are the characteristics which are associated with certain types of text, whether it be newspapers or in this case, magazines, more specifically music magazines. These conventions include things such as headings, images, a masthead and also the text used.
Genre ConventionsEach genre uses specific characteristics in orderto portray a genre of choice. The most common way to do this is through the use of colour.Whether it be in a cover of a magazine, a movie poster or an advert on television these characteristics will be followed in order to represent the genre that it fits.
Good ExamplesSome good examples of magazines covers are…These are good examples because the colours used onthem fit the genre that they are in, darker colours usedon the rock magazines and brighter colours used on the pop magazine.
Bad ExamplesSome bad examples of magazine covers are… These are bad examples because the colours used onthem do not fit the genre that they are in the use of red and white makes it seem neutral and therefore causes the audience to question what genre it is.
Audience ResearchWhen asked “Which magazine do you think best suits it’sgenre?” My audience said…Magazine Number Of People TotalQ – Cheryl Cole III 3Kerrang – 100 Greatest IIII 4Gigs EverTop Of The Pops – One III 3DirectionClassical Rock - Aerosmith IIIIII 6Vibe – Queen Mary I 1Vanity Fair – Justin Bieber II 2The Source – Chris Brown I 1 The highest voted one was Classical Rock featuring Aerosmith. When I asked somepeople who chose the classical rock magazine why they chose that one a majority saidthat the colours, font and photographic style suited its genre better than the others as it came together to fit the rock genre, with Aerosmith showing a slightly dark, crazy side.
ConclusionsFrom my front cover research I have found thatcolour plays an important part in the genreconventions of a magazine therefore I need tobe wary of the colour scheme I use in order toensure that it fits my chosen genre. Also I havelearnt that font style is also important. I havefound that my audience like it when a magazinematches that of the genre and also that thearticles featured on the front also need toappeal to the audience.
Good ExamplesSome good examples of contents pages are…These are good examples because they are easy to read and fit their genres.
Bad ExamplesSome bad examples of contents pages are… These are bad examples because the writing istoo small and also they don’t have many photos so they are less visual.
Audience ResearchWhen asked “Which contents page do you prefer?” Myaudience said…Magazine Number Of People TotalQ III 3Kerrang IIIII 5Top Of The Pop II 2Classical Rock IIIII 5Vibe II 2Vanity Fair II 2The Source I 1 The highest voted ones were Kerrang and also Classical Rock, when Iasked my audience why they chose the ones they chose, they said that it was because they were easy to read and had nice layout’s and that also the contents inside appealed to them more than others did.
ConclusionsFrom my contents page research, I have foundthat appealing to my audience is a major factorand also that a contents page should havevisuals such as images and also that it must beeasy to read and not too busy. I have also foundthat the band or artist who is featured in themagazine is also generally featured on thecontents page as well and has a large picture onthere as well in order to show the issue is mainlyabout them.
Good ExamplesSome good examples of double page spreads are… These are good examples because they are easy to read, fit their genres, are simple and also are presented in layouts that are easy on the readers eyes as well as fitting in with their colour schemes.
Bad ExamplesSome bad examples of double page spreads are… These are bad examples because they do not have much of a layout and also they are quite hard to read.
Audience ResearchWhen asked “Which double page spread do you prefer?” Myaudience said…Magazine Number Of People TotalQ IIIIIII 7Kerrang IIIII 5Top Of The Pop II 2Classical Rock II 2Vibe III 3The Source I 1 The highest voted double page spread was the Q one, when I asked my audience why they had chosen their answer, they said that it had a goodlayout and also it suited the magazine it was part of, they also like the way the picture took up one page and the text was on the other.
ConclusionsFrom my double page spread research, I havefound that I need to keep my double pagespread simple in order to not bore my audienceand also that I may want to use one of my twopages for just the picture of the featuring artistor band as my audience liked this on the abovemagazines. I might also include negative spaceto make my double page spread more easy onmy audiences eyes, as I found that my audienceliked that as well.
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