Question 1 In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?For my title I chose this name because it had a tone ofeffect to it as the word ‘Echo’ is bold and is loud in asense that an echo sound is usually loud so people canhere it clearly. The reason I chose this colour for my masthead is because the colour white stands out if its amongother music magazine, I used the repetition of the word‘echo’ for effect, I also thought it would be unique. Ameaning of ringing, noise and sound. Compared to areal magazine (‘NME’) I think I’ve been original by usingrepetition but I’ve also kept it simple in comparison to areal magazine.
Whereas ‘NME’s title (mast head) in the left handside. The colour scheme is red with a white andblack border, this makes it stand out more than‘echo’ because they’ve included a border.Compared with’ Echo’ it stands out more in termsof colour however ‘Echo’ does have the differentfont sizes showing a pattern of echoing.
The facial expression for ‘Echo’ is bold in the sense that her mouth and the way her eyes seem to be straining the expression goes well with the masthead, because it does look like she is screaming very loud and that people would hear her from far, this would be like an echoing effect. Whereas a real magazine such as ‘NME’ the expression on his face goes very well with the cover heading its calm also the clothing he is wearing adds the chilled look to him, as his sitting on a sofa just having a drink. In comparison to ‘Echo’ it’s more targeted to my audience the clothing she is wearing is urban and her expression would capture the teenagers and young adults as they would see that she looks as if she’s screaming and they would want to pick the magazine up and read the cover headings. Also the music magazine ‘Echo’ doesn’t have props , whereas ‘NME’ the artist has props such as a hat, a table with a drink on top also the hat. Which is setting a theme of relaxation and his facial expression showing a release of stress this could relate to the cover heading “It’s completely different to anything else I’ve done”.The make up for the ‘NME’ artist is faded, as you cannot even tell heis wearing any make up, whereas the cover for ‘Echo’ the artist iswearing mascara, this is to make her eyes stand out and for her notto look tired.
When I was asking my solo artist questions, I asked how the artist started her music career, I also asked about her past lifestyle also what she has to offer in the future. These are the type of question my readers would want to read about, as they would want to know the inside information about a popular artist. In comparison to a real magazine I think I have stuck to the conventions. Of having gossip in my cover lines to get the audiences attention also in my double page I have spoken about subjects readers would want to read about for example how it wasn’t easy for the solo artist to be where she is now. The language used is formal and informal as my target audience are teenagers and young adults, therefore I didnt have to make it complex English.In my content page I have added aeditors not and Ive also added a notein the double page spread. I think thisadds a respectful element to themagazine.
My music genre is hip pop/ R&B, My soloartist C.B.W made a big hit from her song‘Nobody to a somebody’ this song would behip pop . This would appeal to my audiencebecause the solo artist would be performing atfestivals and arena’s, this is what appeals tomy audience performances. I used a solo artistso that I could focus on an individual person.Overall I enjoyed working with Courtney(C.B.W)I used the colours white, red and blackthroughout .In my front cover, contentpage and double page spread I used thiscolour scheme this was to make itconsistent. I have tried to keep my housestyle consistent also. I made sure the soloartist was wearing clothing which wouldmatch my theme . For my images I didntedit them a lot, I just made sure thelighting was bright enough. Instruments to capture the side of teens who enjoy playing instruments. This would mean having a bigger audience to buy my music magazine.
For my front cover I have chosen a colour scheme of black, white and red. I have placed the date on the top left hand side and the price on the top right side, I’ve have structured it this was so that if the magazine was put among other magazine in a store, customers would be able to see the price clearly without picking it up. I’ve priced it as ‘£1.50’ so that my audience would be able to afford it, as it is a weekly magazine. I have placed my cover lines on the left side also on the right side. I have put the main cover heading in the middle ‘C.B.W Exclusive interview with Britains top solo artist’ . I have used a bold font to show the audience that it is the main story of the week. If I were to change my front cover I would want to add The image for my front cover is focused on her one or two standfirsts.face and facial expression, so I made sure that it wasin the centre of my music magazine. I decided not tohave any other images surroundings my mainimage. This is because I wanted the focus to be onthis one image of the artist. Then my cover lines toalso attract my audience.
Font:RockwellExtra Bold,size 22 For the main centre coverPristina Bold and lines I used theitalic ,size 24 to font: Gill Sangive it a ultra bold, sizeprofessional look , 18 for it toalso highlighting stand out as itthat it is a top is my mainstory. story. For the puff I used Stencil bold, size 22. This is to capture the audiences attention.
For my content page I have gone for the same effect asmy front cover by writing ‘Echo’ twice to showrepetition. I would have liked to write ‘Echo’ threetimes but space was limited and I still wanted ‘ Echo’to be a good font size so it’s bold. Underneath the title‘Echo’ I have added the heading ‘Weekly’ and I haveplaced the date of when the magazine is published ,this is to make it clear to the audience that it is aweekly music magazine and I have placed the datethere in a bigger font as the date on the font cover issmall. I have put my page numbers on the images tomake it easier for reader to find what they want to readand I have put sub headings for each image to informthe audience also to make it clear what they’ll bereading about. I have put images on both sides of mycontent page, this is to make it equal, I dint want tohave images all on one side of the page. I have split mymagazine into sections ‘Top News’ ‘Dates’ and ‘Otherfeatures’ , this is to give my audience a choice of whatthey would want to read first. I have added a littlesection under the date ‘Music reviews’ I added this togive it a professional feel. My content page would applyto my audience well, as the story lines that I haveadded would appeal to my audience. As there is a lotof gossip and music related information. For exampleteens and young adults like to go to festivals, thereforeIt would appeal to my audience.
The ‘NME’ content page is clear and hasa clean look to it. ‘NME’ is a weeklymusic magazine, this is where I got theidea of having my music magazine as aweekly one. In addition the ‘NME’content page have the title ‘Indie thisweek’ showing that it is weekly, they alsohave the date below this. Whereas mycontent page the date is enlarged. Thiscontent page has got the page numbersbeside the image, this makes it clear forthe reader. In comparisons to my contentpage it does have similarities. It seemsthat they have put the main issue in thecentre as the image size is bigger thanthe ones surrounding it. Also the fontand style is different. They’ve also got acolumn on the left side with a list ofsome more page numbers.