Media Coursework Evaluation<br />By Jake Hobday<br />
In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions or real media products?<br />I have used many common conventions seen on most medias of this kind, on my front cover I have made the title strap line and of the magazine a key feature of the front cover, as it is one off the most recognisable parts of the magazine cover and the main part of the magazine people will associate with. It features other basic ,obvious things you would expect to see on the front cover of a magazine, for example the date, issue number and barcode. You could say I have challenged the conventions of most magazines by using far less text on my front cover than you would expect to see on a music magazine as I have tried to get the audiences main focus on the main feature image and the title so my magazine becomes recognisable to them. I have added offers and competitions on the front cover to entice people into purchasing and reading my magazine<br />
Continued....<br />Ihave again used mainly commonly seen features of a magazine on my contents page and double page spread, I have again featured the magazines strap line as I want readers to remember and recognise it. I have kept a consistent colour scheme throughout as it gives a professional look, like you would expect to see from real media products <br />
How does your media product represent particular social groups?<br />My media product is aimed at all social groups aged 15-25, I have not chosen a specific social group to aim my product at so that my magazine has a bigger target audience as possible. The more sales that my magazine would make the more popular it would become. If I had aimed my magazine at a particular social group it may have been too confined and lose some of its potential, making it overall far worse off, so I believe that choosing a specific social group was the right idea for my magazine. I have tried to use features throughout the design of my magazine cover, double page spread and contents page that would appeal to the social group that my magazine is aimed at, I have use appropriate language and featured images that I think will appeal to my audience. .<br />
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?<br /><ul><li> I think that a good media company to publish, distribute and sell my product would be musicmag.net media. I have chosen this company because they are a big company who print for hundreds or companies and many other music magazines such as ‘Jazztimes, ‘Revolver’ and many more, they must be a well known and respected if so many magazine companies use them to print and publish there magazines.
They have lots of experience in publishing music magazines as they currently publish over thirty music magazines
Musicmag.net has an average annual sales 2.5 times the industry standard.
Musicmag.net publishing covers all genres in the music industry to even music industry business and education, and I believe that my magazine would be a great addition to the magazines that they publish.</li></li></ul><li>Who would be the audience for your media product?<br /><ul><li>The target audience of my music magazine will be people aged from 15-25 years old, it will be aimed at anyone who has any interest in music, as I want to target as broader audience as possible.
As my magazine is aimed at a fairly young target audience, they will have a small income so my magazine needs to be reasonably priced to suit them.
I have designed my magazine with all of these features in mind, so that I have an all round desirable magazine that covers all styles of genre in the music industry and is all available for a reasonable price
I would hope that my magazine would appeal to my target audience in order for it to be successful and meet all of the requirements and the expectations that you would see in music magazines.</li></li></ul><li>How did you attract/address your audience?<br /><ul><li> My main way to attract and address my audience would be to advertise my magazine by handing out leaflets, putting up posters and sending out emails, I would hand them out in schools, colleges and local shops that would be likely to sell my magazine.
I also handed out questionnaires, this would be very use as it gathers lots of opinions and is a very simple thing to do, my questionnaire feature fairly closed answers to i could get the information that would be most beneficial to me and my work./
I gathered a group of people together and showed them variations of my magazine and asked fro there opinions on each one and asked which magazine they would buy and for how much for, this information was useful as it help me to decide how much the magazine would cost and which magazine design to go with.</li></li></ul><li>What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?<br /><ul><li> To produce my media music magazine I used basic word processing programs such as Microsoft word, power point and publisher as well paint. I used these as I was familiar with how to use them having used them before on many different occasions.
From this work I have also had to use programmes that I had never used before which were beneficial in the creation of my magazine, I had to use photo shop to edit and crop my photos which was a whole new experience.
I took my photos for my magazine using my smart phone, using my phone allowed me to uses effects and edit, focus, brightness and shadow throughout my photos which was useful as it saved me a lot of time that I would have spent doing this on the computer.</li></li></ul><li>Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?<br />Main Task<br />Preliminary Task<br />
Continued....<br /><ul><li> Throughout the process of creating a preliminary and main task, I believe I have learnt a lot. It has taught me that sometimes less is often more, for example using simple colours, texts and backgrounds can work far better than having fancy fonts and colour.
Also audience and appeal is another very important feature I had to work a lot on, as it was far more important for the music magazine to appeal to people as it is a far different audience.
You must appeal to the whole of your target audience it cant just be specific to just males or just females it has to appeal to both, or your magazine would lose many sales.</li>