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Magazine Contents Analysis


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Magazine Contents Analysis

  1. 1. Magazine Contents Analysis By Hamish Mullen
  2. 2. For my first contents page analysis, I have chosen to go with the inside of NME, to match the last reviewed cover. As carried on from the front, NME have tried to fit as much information into as little space as possible, possibly showing that they are trying to save money by using less paper, but also asks the question why don't they just print less information. The layout is fairly simple with three columns. In the center is the second biggest headline, assuming the one on the cover is the biggest. On the left is a simple index with what's on each page, and on the right is the main highlights and what page you can find them on. Overall this is a simple contents, but rather crowded, which could detract some readers from...reading it.
  3. 3. For my next contents analysis I have gone with the inside of Q. Unlike NME, they've gone for a simple 4 quadrants, top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right. Each quadrant is differently sized and contains different types of information. The top right has a picture in it, insinuating this is the second largest headline, with the largest being on the cover. In the far left column is a basic index of highlights of the main stories in the magazine. Below that is a 'misc' box, that contains the page numbers of puzzles and reader mail. Whereas in the bottom right is a section of page numbers that contain guides and reviews to the latest and hottest music.
  4. 4. For my third and final contents analysis, I went with one from a miscellaneous magazine, and decided to compare it with the other two. The layout is remarkably similar to the one Q used, but with more quadrants. The date is clearly stamped in the top left, allowing the reader to know what month and year it is from, and a main picture is placed in the center of the page. However, the catch is, only the word exclusive is printed onto this picture, making the reader want to turn to page 34 to find out what the story is all about. A similar effect is dotted around this picture, but with using smaller pictures. On the left is a simple index with the highlights, and the bottom left has an index of all the regular stuff in the magazine, such as reviews and so on.