In what way does my media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? <ul><li>Most other magazines don’t use a variety of colours for their mastheads, I decided to break that convention to make mine look like a stereo equalizer. Other magazines which have a white masthead are Q and MOJO. </li></ul><ul><li>I also decided to have one big headline going across the centre of my front cover so that the reader knows that it is the main story. </li></ul><ul><li>I decided to keep the content and coverlines on the front of the magazine to a minimal because I know that most young people wont look at all of the content and they buy the magazine based on who is on the front of it. </li></ul><ul><li>However, some conventions such as the location of the barcode in the bottom right hand corner of the cover I left the same because I saw no need to move it. </li></ul><ul><li>Most other music magazines or any genre of magazine now have website that run along side the magazine which offers an alternative, I have also decided to have one. </li></ul>
How does my media product represent particular social groups? <ul><li>My magazine is aimed at the younger audience of around 16-25, the title of the magazine can also be related to youth because it is a stereotype of young people that they listen to their music loudly. </li></ul><ul><li>The front cover image attracts younger readers due to the urban location and graffiti and the walls. Graffiti has more appeal to younger people and is probably the way they want art. </li></ul><ul><li>The use of bold font indicates that this is for a younger audience, when researching other magazines I noticed that the majority of them had bold font on the cover, this may be to attract the readers. </li></ul><ul><li>The reason for choosing light blue on the front cover was the colour connotations. The colour connotations of light blue are coolness, confidence and non-threatening. It is also a fresh and modern colour which can appeal to both sexes. </li></ul>
What kind of media institiution might distribute my media and why? <ul><li>I would suggest that the media institution that distributed my magazine would be mainstream such as Bauer or NatMags, mainly because they are more widely read than smaller Local publishers. Not only that but my magazine isn’t aimed at any particular niche market and includes all kind of music to appeal to a wider audience. </li></ul><ul><li>To get interest in my magazine I could advertise in other magazines which belong to the mainstream media institution such as other magazines or on the internet and even on the TV. If I was part of a smaller publisher it would have to be word of mouth to get interest. </li></ul>
Who is the audience of my media product? <ul><li>My magazine is aimed at an audience of 16-25 </li></ul><ul><li>The magazine can be read by both genders as the content isn't specific </li></ul><ul><li>My magazine is based on a social grade of D or C2 , I have based this upon the fact that the magazine costs £4.99, grade E below are people pensioners and others who depend on the welfare state for their income so they may not be able to afford it monthly. </li></ul><ul><li>The physcographic profile of a reader is looking at their lifestyle and other factors such as what they do and what they wear. As I mentioned before my magazine is aimed at a younger audience so presumably they will were modern clothes and stereotypically be up to date with the latest fashion. </li></ul>
How did I attract/address my audience? <ul><li>On some of the images that I have used the people are looking towards the reader to make them feel engaged and to make it feel personal as if they are looking at the reader. </li></ul><ul><li>I have also laid out all of my pages to make it easy for the reader to get all of the information, for example on the front cover you work from the top of the cover downwards taking in all of the information. </li></ul>
What have I learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? <ul><li>I have used many pieces of hardware in the process of making this magazine including the necessities such as a computer and a printer. One of the most important pieces of hardware was a digital camera which I used to take the pictures for my front cover, contents and double page spread. </li></ul><ul><li>I have also used many pieces of software including Microsoft office Word, PowerPoint, publisher to make my pages and the most important piece was Photoshop which I used to edit my photos and cut out backgrounds. </li></ul><ul><li>The most important facility I used was the internet which was used to research existing music magazines and to find background images for my Photoshop pictures. </li></ul>
Looking back at my at my preliminary task, what do i feel i have learnt in the progression from it to the full product? <ul><li>When I made the school magazine I just used basic colours such as blue and red to keep it simple and so it would appeal to a wider audience. </li></ul><ul><li>When I used the main image on the front cover of the school magazine I didn’t do much editing and only added some shadow to the left hand side of the page. </li></ul><ul><li>On my music magazine I improved my Photoshop skills and began to use skills such as deleting backgrounds and using different filters. </li></ul><ul><li>Overall, I think the production of my music magazine went very well and the finished product looks professional. Initially my magazine images were found on the internet but in the end I decided to take my own photos and edit them myself. What worked in my magazine was the layout of the pages and especially the contents page as the main focus was on pictures so that people don’t have to read the text to find the page they want. What didn’t go so well I felt was the magazine front cover and the amount of information on the front, because if people want to see whose in this certain issue then they have to go to the contents page which isn't helpful. Compared to my school magazine I think that there is a massive improvement, there is more colour and everything is laid out so that it is easy to read. Another thing that improves the magazine is the use of fonts. </li></ul>
Cover lines which have a background image which is related to the story Tells you the issue of the magazine and what month Name of school Blue and red are used as the main colours because they are in the school logo Main image of the students takes up the majority of the page. Medium close up shot of the students School magazine front cover analysis
Once again I continued using blue as the more dominant colour because it is modern and is the colour of the school logo. School magazine contents page analysis Bold writing clearly states what the page is for Simple layout with page numbers down one side and the page information down the other. Clear separation between the page numbers and what's on the page so it is easy to understand.
The selling line is there to make people buy the magazine, to show how good the magazine is. ‘ We love music’ is the magazines motto Cover lines advertise the main stories. The main feature is the bigger font. A puff which advertises a particular feature in the magazine The masthead ‘Bass’ has been coloured in these colours to make it look like a stereo equalizer, emphasises the fact that it is a music magazine. The background image is of an urban scene and there is graffiti on the walls. This emphasises my point that this magazine is aimed at a younger audience as this is more associated with them Music magazine front cover analysis The use of bold font emphasises the fact this magazine is aimed at the younger audience.
Music magazine contents page analysis Masthead from the front cover to show what magazine they are reading. Big header so the reader knows what the page is for. Bold font called ASH which I downloaded from dafont.com More focus on the pictures so that the reader doesn’t have to look at the small text. The pages in my magazine are separated into different sections to make it easier for the reader to find what they want for example if they wanted to look at the charts they would look at the charts section
The header has been done in a worn font to match the urban background. Music magazine double page spread analysis I have continued using the colour blue like on the cover. All of the text is contained in three columns, two on the 1 st page and one on the 2 nd page. The header is in a bold font so that it stands out from the rest of the text. The background image was taken in a dark tunnel which adds to the mystery of the person standing against the wall because you cant see their face. The quotation is in bold font to highlight an important part of the text