Music Magazine Evaluation:In what ways does your own music magazine production use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real music magazines within the media industry?
Front Cover The central image of my magazine is the only image on the cover which is a regular convention of music magazine covers as shown in the example of ‘Q’. I did this so that the cover star was the main focus of the page as there were no other images to distract the reader’s attention. This is significant as it glorifies the star and suggests the entire cover has been dedicated to them. It’s also a common feature to have the central image slightly overlap with the masthead as I have done with my own. This boosts the reputation of the publication and suggests that the reader should already be familiar with the title of the magazine as well as it bringing the page together and seem more cohesive. The cover lines running down either side of the central image also conform to the regular conventions of a music magazine cover. I chose to have two main columns of cover lines as so to make finding articles of interest easier for the reader, for example when looking to see which artists feature inside you simply need to look down the ‘Featured Artists’ column. I decided to have the cover lines running down both the left and right hand sides of the page as I felt it gave the cover a more balanced appearance as well as making the central image appear even more central to the page reinforcing that this is where the main focus should be. Graphic features are a common convention of magazine covers and can help differentiate and draw attention toI deliberately made the headline the largest font on the vital pieces of information or details of particular interestpage as this instantly distinguishes the most important to the reader. I chose to put the amount of pages ofarticle within the magazine. This is a regular convention of interviews within a graphic bubble as I felt this was a majora magazine cover, as shown with the cover of ‘Q’ on the selling point for the issue and therefore wanted the fact toright, to have the largest headline in cohesion with the grab the reader’s attention. I also placed the plug of a ‘freecover star. CD for every reader’ in a graphic feature as I felt this was of particular interest to the reader as given the current culture of Britain and the recession everybody likes to feel as though they are saving money plus everybody loves receiving things for free.
The masthead is the most important part of a magazine asit is, initially, the first thing the reader looks for and so it’svital to have a suitable font that carries the correctconnotations and fits the genre of the magazine. I tried outseveral different fonts but ultimately chose this one as Ifeel its attractive and stylish which appeals to my targetaudience of teenagers. I placed my masthead in the top lefthand corner – a familiar convention among mostmagazines – as this is logical place because we naturallyread left to right, top to bottom.I chose to include a banner at the very top of my coverfeaturing the slogan ‘The UK’s ONLY magazine dedicated tobringing the BEST music from The States’ because afterstudying several different examples of existingpublications, I realised this was a common convention tohave as shown with the example of ‘Q’ on the right . This isan important feature as it boosts the reputation of themagazine and enforces to the reader that this is a reliableand trustworthy publication, enticing them to purchase it. Ialso added a banner along the bottom of my cover,another enticing feature, as the large, bold font of ‘Plus’grabs the reader’s attention and suggests there is loadsmore inside than just what’s on the cover.Every magazine has a barcode on the cover and therefore Iplaced one on my own cover in order to keep with thisconvention. I did this to create a more polished andprofessional look as well as to express that I haveconsidered everything that needs to be included in orderto make a successful, credible music magazine cover.
Contents Page A regular convention of contents pages is to have a main image of the feature artist which is why I chose to use the same subject here as on my cover. This also makes my project more cohesive and expresses that they are pages taken from the same issue of the same publication. I added the official logo taken from the masthead of my magazine in the top left hand corner of my contentions page which follows the codes of a regular magazine page. This, again, reinforces to the reader that this is just one page taken from a much larger publication. If I was to pursue with this project and produce the completed issue, every page would feature the this icon in the top left corner to make every page - and ultimately the entire magazine – cohesive with one another. The featured articles are a crucial element of the entire magazine. I chose to divide my menu bar into two separate categories – ‘Inside’ and ‘On the Cover’. This is a common convention used throughout magazines and I chose to follow this as it makes it easier for the reader to navigation through the list and find exactly what they are looking for quicker. In my ‘On The Cover’ section, I listed the article titles exactly as they appeared on the cover, again, improving the cohesion of my magazine and building a strong connection between the two.
I included a small editorial within my contents at the top ofthe page which I learned, through studying severalexamples, was a common convention of a music magazinecontents page. This acts as a small introduction to the issuefor the reader and provides a little inside into the contentwithin it’s pages. To polish off my editorial and give it atruly professional appearance I added a ‘photo of theeditor’ and a hand written signature which I scanned intothe computer – both following with the regular codes of anexisting music magazine.To finish off my contents page, I added a subscription boxat the bottom including an image of my front cover. I choseto feature a subscription offer as this is a commonconvention of a music magazine and provides anincentive, enticing the reader to subscribe. I included theimage of the front cover to express that the two pages areconnected as part of the same publication and also to givean example of what the reader will receive once theysubscribe.
Double Page Spread The most obvious convention of a double page article I added the official logo of the within a magazine is the distinct layout as, although each magazine in the top left corner magazine adapts it slightly to suit the individual piece, again to express the article is primarily the layout always stays the same. The common official and to keep cohesion convention is to divide the piece into two very distinct between the pages pages and have the article on one side and an image of the Page 2. relevant subject on the other as shown with both of the Page 1. examples on the right. I followed this convention as I felt it was the best suitable layout for my spread and gave the page an equally balanced appearance which is pleasing on the eyes. I deliberately followed conventions and chose to use a variety of fonts , colours and sizes on my headline in order to grab the reader’s attention straight away. Through placing certain words in a colour or making them larger, I aimed – as many magazines do – to subconsciously make the reader pay more attention to some elements more than other’s. For example, in the headline, ‘Queen’ is the largest and therefore is the most eye catching. This is 3. significant as it makes the reader want to read on to discover how ‘queen’ is relevant to the article. 2. 1. I divided the main body of my article into three individual columns as this is easier on the eyes and makes navigation through the text easier for the reader as it gives them clear direction on which sections to read in which order. This is aDrop Capitals are a common convention used through common code used throughout magazines and newspapermagazine articles, signalling the start of the main body of the articles as shown with the example. Three is the averagearticle. I decided to include a drop capital within my own article number of columns though sometimes magazines use justas I wanted to clearly direct the reader and indicate exactly two and sometimes four.where to start reading from.
I added a page number in the top righthand corner to reinforce the theoretical I incorporated a quote taken directly from the article intoidea that this is just one page taken from my main image of the double page as many magazines do.an entire publication. This gives the page a I chose carefully the quote I thought was most inspirationalmore polished, professional appearance. and the most appealing to the reader as so to grab their attention and entice them to read the full article. I placed the quote in a graphic bubble so as to make it cohesive with the image and create the illusion that my subject was thinking about the words. I deliberately used different font sizes and colours in order to make the most important words ‘regular girl’ and ‘blessed’ stand out as I felt these were the exact two that summed up the entire message of the article. The positioning of my subject in the main image is significant as I deliberately placed the model in a stance which I felt best conveyed her personality and the persona I wanted my music artist to have. This is a common convention for the photography that accompanies magazines articles – the models are often displaying poses to suggest things about them for example Lily Allen, on the right, has her hands on her hips signalling that she is a strong woman in control of herself. I placed my subject in a sitting down position looking upwards at the sky as if daydreaming as I wanted to convey the innocence and purity of her character.