Syed Raihanul Haque
School Magazine Evaluation
Process, Changes, and Evaluation
In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms
and conventions of real media products?
The school magazine I made is developed in the way of a real media
product (real school magazine), because it partly follows the convention of
school magazines , by not following a solid set of codes and conventions,
however contains the some conventions to make my school magazine seem
realistic ,such as...
+ The masthead/splash (however was placed under the logo,
in the middle)
+ The Main Image (The Logo)
+ The date (The issue of the magazine (the year)
+ Secondary Leads
My School magazine did
not follow the codes and
conventions of a general magazine,
+ The Colour Palette
This did not follow the codes and conventions,
because firstly the audience had specified Dark
blue, purple, and black in which I partly followed by
having a Black background, however I did not follow the
rest of the theme due to making a mistake in my
questionnaire and not informing/including the colours of the logo,
within the questionnaire so that the audience can make a logical
decision in what the house palette should be. By not also using the
audiences choice, the house palette had varied within the magazine in
ranging from red, green, yellow, blue and purple due to it matching the logo
and also the house colours of the school in which students would recognise.
This contains and advantage and a disadvantage for the magazine, because
as an advantage, when it is given out, students will be familiar with the
magazine, however if I was to use the outcome for the following task
(music magazine), it would result as a failure due to it not following the codes
Another mistake I had made was the recognition style between the
school magazine and the front cover. For me, I would know which is the
front cover and which is the contents page, however to the audience
there is more of a possibility of confusion if they were both separate
covers due to the name of the school being similar sized towards the
side articles and also for the contents page contains a board of the
schools name; this was another mistake, because it could confuse the
audience (students, teachers, staff, etc.) in which was the cover from a
further distance, however I used the board for the contents page,
because it had contained a welcome sign.
I also think the placement of the logo was in the wrong position as it
would have been more suitable for a central main image and place the
logo higher or on the top right hand corner; I also think that the name of
the school could have been placed above the logo, so that it is more
recognised, however the idea was based within the St Mary’s school
The logo of the
front cover and
the ‘main’ image
in the contents
page are very
those, if the
itself down the
left hand side..
How does your media product represent particular social groups?
My magazine as a whole, represents the school and everyone in it (the pupils, staff, governors, parent
governors, because it contains information needed for everyone in the school for example, teachers could be
informed of new rules from the magazine, where as students would like to know extra things going on around
the school such as trips and governors wanting to know updates/everything in the school occurring.
The main colours of the border, from the magazine were in Red, Blue, Green and Purple, because it
represented the four houses (house groups) colours which would appeal to everyone in the school, because
they would easily know it represents the houses due to the fact that the colours are used for the uniforms in
school (school tie, P.E. Kits etc.).
The colour black was also used as the background, because the colours would stand out at its most and
appeal to everyone in the school.
The magazine also represents the school, from the logo.
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and
The type of institution that would distribute my media
product would be a school (In this case, Holy Trinity
Catholic Media Arts College.
This is because it would contain information for
everyone within the school (pupils, staff, parent
governors/governors and workers within the school)
due to the fact that it contains all the updates around
the school, and also because it is for the school..
Who would be the audience for your media product?
The audience for my media product would be the pupils,
the staff, governors/parent governors and parents,
because the magazine contains a wide range of
information which will be needed to be known for
Pupils – Would need/want to know lunchtime clubs going
around, afterschool clubs, trips available for them if they
were interested on going, new regulations/rules which
they would need to stick by, exam dates and times if they
didn’t have an table given to them or if changes were
made, revision tips if they were ‘stuck’ on ways of
revising, a Single page revision table, so that they can
start on a revision table, if they were interested, sports
update if they wanted to know the place of there school,
an Ask Shirley section if they wanted advice on
something they are un-sure about.
Staff - Would most likely want to know Lunchtime clubs
around the school (depending whether they are on a
specific duty (lunchtime building duty)), New regulations,
so that they know what the pupils must stick by around
the school and in lesson, and possibly more.
Parents/Governors – Would want to know Afterschool
clubs so that they know that there child is actually going
somewhere; possibly for safety purposes) etc.
Overall the ideal audience for my product would be the pupils due to the fact it contains the most information
needed for them which was the reason why I had not included a sales cost for the magazine, because from
my research only half of every 16 pupils would pay for it which would leave vital information left out for those
who might also need it, however specific parts of the magazine will still be needed to be known /wanted to be
known by staff and parents/governors.
How did you attract/address your audience?
My product contains several features which attract the target
audience (the school),.
The first is that the colours of the border (red, blue, green and
purple) situate as house colours which are easily recognised by
anyone within the school. The magazine had also contained a
black background for the colours to stand out towards everyone in
which people would want to pick up the magazine and read.
The magazine also contained a slogan across the top of the front
cover and several side articles which would interest the audience in
reading the magazine. The logo was another way of
attracting/addressing the audience, because it had contained the
logo of the school which was ‘personal’ to everyone due to th fact it
was only for them, because
it had contained information
which they would need.
Several of the images at the
bottom were also used as a
lure, because a majority of
the students might ignore
the magazine, however from
the images it may show something there interested in such as the
Fitness room in which they want information about.
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing
From the final product had learnt a range of
things for a current program I usually use/used
(Adobe Photoshop) and had learnt how to use
In Design (as i had not ever used the program
until now. Most of the mistakes made within my
music magazine were recognisable for me and
also I had learnt ways of improving my
magazine afterwards in which techniques learnt
from this piece will be used for my music
Several mistakes made within my school
magazine were mainly parts in breaking the
codes and conventions of a general magazine,
however within my research, school magazines
do/did not follow a solid set of general codes