1. In what ways does your mediaproduct use, develop orchallenge forms and conventionsof real media products?
Selling Line Masthead Banner Feature Article Cover Line Photo Kicker BarcodeFront Cover Anchorage Plug Lead Story Graphic Feature Flash Menu Strip
Front Cover Front Image - The image I used for my front cover uses a direct mode of address as the model in the image is looking directly at the audience of the magazine. I also made it the dominant image of my magazine by not taking the focus away by placing other images around the magazine front cover. I did this to make the audience aware that the main story of the magazine will involve the model on the front. Also, using only the singular image gives a very dominant feel. Cover Lines - I used the four cover lines with the titles of the bands in bolder writing as this then draws potential buyers to the magazine if they see a band they like will be in it. I then gave a brief explanation of what the article on the band will be about, this will also encourage people to buy it more, as they will want to know more on what it says.Barcode -I used a barcode on my magazine as through researchon codes and conventions of magazines I noticed that Here I show my final magazine product, and mymany placed the barcode on the side, and this then chosen example magazine.worked well with the house style of my overallmagazine. This then makes my magazine look moreprofessional and that it may be being sold. I alsoplaced the issue number above, as also throughresearch of codes and conventions, I had noticed thatmany music magazines also did this. This also makesmy magazine look more professional.
Mast Heads and Strap Lines –Front Cover These help to engage the audience to the magazine and what it may be about. But also these are used to easily identify the magazine to regular buyers. I used the chosen font as it is bold and easily recognisable, also it fits in with the initial house style of the magazine, it also helps reflect the overall genre. Also, the use of the strap line helps potential buyers to know what the aim of the magazine is, and what the articles in the magazine will be about. Feature Article Photo - The image I used for my front cover uses a direct mode of address as the model in the image is looking directly Top and Bottom Strips – at the audience of the magazine. I These are seen as being billboards for also made it the dominant image of the magazine, as they advertise the my magazine by not taking the focus magazine for the intended audience away by placing other images around by using words such as ‘EXCLUSIVE’ the magazine front cover. I did this to and ‘WIN’ or ‘FREE’. These are mainly make the audience aware that the used so the audience will be intrigued main story of the magazine will in winning the competition’s or involve the model on the front. getting the exclusive interviews with Also, using only the singular image the artist. I advertised my top and gives a very dominant feel. I also bottom strips by using a black developed this from my chosen background and a bold writing that example magazine. comes out prominent on this, by using a red and white font. This is then a lot more eye catching to the audience. Also, from the magazine I used as my model, these also revolved around my initial house style.
Front Cover The Grid System The top grid contains information that the buyers of the magazine will look at first, this is why I placed the selling line with a buzz word of a different colour as the audiences would be more drawn to reading this. Also I used buzz words in the top right corner with giveaways and exclusive interviews, as this would then make the audience more likely to buy the magazine. The middle grid then contains the additional information that comes within the magazine, along with my feature image, this is less intriguing than the top of the magazine, as hopefully with the top grid, the audiences have already been enticed into buying the magazine. The bottom grid then contains the least important information, as you can see from my magazine front cover, the bottom grid has been left quite bland.
Content Page Signed Section Editorial Front Cover Header Copy Issue and Dateline Subscription Box Inset or Main Feature Shot Feature (Of highlights (With inset and pictures) exclusives) Stand-out Quote Border/Divider Page Numbers Number Itemised List Navigation Panel (With header)
Content Page Images - I didn’t use a main image in particular in my content, as I wanted to use a vary of images to link in with the stories on the front cover, I also did this, as it makes the content page look a lot more exciting and interesting. I stuck to the overall house style colours of black, white and red so the magazine all fits together. I also used the same font for the title on my content page, as I did on my front cover. This then also makes the magazine recognisable to the audience. Quotes - Feature Shots - I also used the quotes under the I tried to stick to the original house pictures to entice the audiences style of the example magazine. I did further into the magazine. I also this, but changed the positioning of made the keywords of the quotes in the feature shots to make the different colours to entice the content page more interesting and audiences into reading what was enticing. I also stuck to the original said, but to also bring out the buzz house style with the colours words such as ‘exclusive’ so the red, black and white. To make my audiences then feels they are getting magazine look more professional. something other magazines do not have.
Front Cover Copy - I used a front cover copy with myContent Page editorial to familiarise the audience with the magazine they were purchasing, and to also give them an incite on what will be in the magazine and what they will be expecting to see. This was also a convention I had seen in my example magazine. Subscription Box - I also used a subscription box to entice the audience into the purchase of the magazine, I then used a buzz word in a different coloured font to entice the audiences into reading what it says, and to persuade them into purchasing it. This is also a convention I had seen in example magazine. Border/Dividers I also used border/dividers to give my magazine a much more professional feel, and to also separate the articles from each other, so they do not merge and become too confusing for the audience to be able to understand. Page Numbers – On my content page, I placed the page numbers near the chosen feature shots, to make the magazine look more professional, as this is a convention I had said whilst researching magazines.
Double Page Flash - I used the flash ‘EXCLUSIVE’ to draw attention toSpread people that may just be glancing through the magazine, as this would help in the sales if more people were intrigued in reading it. Also this is a magazine convention I had regularly seen whilst researching Headline - The headline I used on my double page spread was a quote from the exclusive interview, I picked one of the most interesting quotes as this is then more likely to appeal the audience to the magazine. I also carried on my original house style with the colours red, black and white to keep the magazine looking professional. I also placed the key words of the headline quote in a different colour to the rest of the text to grasp attention. Introductory Text - I also made the name at the beginning of the introductory text in red, to make sure the audience of the magazine know who they are reading. I had also noticed from my example magazines, that changing the colour, font or font style was a type of magazine convention. By-Line - I placed the by line at the bottom of the magazine as this is also a common magazine convention I had seen through my magazine style models, this then makes the magazine look a lot more professional, but also would help the audience know who had wrote the article.
Double Page Section Header - I used the RMM section header, as I had seen itSpread regularly used in magazines, as a convention. Also sticking to the original font and name helps the audience to familiarise with the magazine, and to Graphic Feature - know that the article is part of the magazine and I placed the graphic feature of the Leeds Festival not another. logo onto the double page spread to familiarise the audience with what they had read on the magazine front cover and on the content page, and also to help them relate this particular article with the Leeds Festival 10 page special. This is also a convention I had noticed within my magazine research. Pull Quotes - I placed the pull quotes in a black text, on a white background, as this then makes the text easier to read, and less strain on your eyes. Also, this sticks to my overall house style, and gives a much more professional feel to the magazine, than placing multi coloured or irrelevant text colours or fonts would. I had also seen this in my example magazine research. Feature Article Image - I used only the single page feature article image, to give the magazine a more professional look, but to also focus the interview on the one individual. I used the image that had a direct Feature Shot - mode of address, to entice the audience into the I placed a feature shot at the end of the text, as magazine, and make them feel as if they have a this was also a convention I had seen in my relationship with the model. I also used this, to magazine research, and sticks to the photo shoot stick to the original house style of my I had used. magazine, as I also used a direct mode of address on my front cover.