7 Evaluation questions 1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? 2. How does your media product represent particular social groups?3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? 4. Who would the audience be for your media product? 5. How did you attract/address your audience?6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? 7. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feelyou have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?
1. In what ways does your media product use, develop orchallenge forms and conventions of real media products? Continuous colour schemes to make the magazine more professional Bold titles which appeal to the target audience Bold heading on who the main artist featured is Information on what the interview includes Barcodes and dates included Footer to display extra information
1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? My cover doesn’t have as much writing and information on as the professional one. I didn’t add as much information to make it more stylish. I wanted the front cover to be clean and sophisticated instead of covering it with writing and taking the focus off the main image of the new music star. With the professional magazine, as the cover star is well known, they can get away with a close up serious joking picture, as people with automatically recognise him and associate things to him The professional cover front image is different to mine, as its more close up and serious, where as mine is a mid close up with the front cover person looking happy. This is to give the target audience of my magazine a positive vibe, and make them want to read it, where as ‘The Source’ has a target audience of a much higher age with much more known music stars so they can get away with having images close up, looking not bothered as the music stars attitude is related to his music of rap, where as my magazine is mainly indie music, and having my cover star as moody wouldn’t have related to the genre The colour scheme used by the professional magazine is much more used throughout the front cover whereas my colour scheme is much more varied. This is because I didn’t want to over use my colour scheme and cover the whole of my magazine with it, as the reader may get bored of it. However I feel that the other magazine can get away with using the red colour scheme a lot as it highlights a lot of important information for the reader, and the target audience wouldn’t mind
1. In what ways does your media product use, develop orchallenge forms and conventions of real media products? Similarities -Main image with writing underneath with info on the picture - page numbers in a similar colour, in sections on what is new and what happens every week/ month - titles are visible against the background and tie in with the main colour scheme of the magazine Differences -Different font sizes, my magazine has a bold large title to make it completely visible, whereas the ‘Q’ magazine has gone for a smaller, but just as bold, font. -‘Q’ has gone into detail about the topics inside the magazine whereas I just wrote the headlines -’Q’ has the date and issue number on the inside, however I wrote mine on the front cover and didn’t feel the need for it to be repeated.
1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? Similarities Differences -The professional magazine has more images-Quotes from the interview used to get the than me, and their images capture the band atreaders attention their profession ; producing music, whereas my image is more plain and just captures the artist- a big main image grabbing the readers in a normal manner.attention about who the interview is about- titles are visible against the background and tie - Their writing is bigger, and they haven’t wrotein with the main colour scheme of the magazine as much as I did, however it gives the illusion that they have - The background colour is bold, and the colours chosen can be seen well against it, however mine doesn’t have a background image.
2. How does your media product represent particular social groups?My music product was aimed towards indieand hiphop fans. Indie music is a genre ofalternative rock and can be produced intoother sub-genres, including indie-pop. Itoriginates mainly from the UK and USA,and is associated into many trends,apperance and social groups.The indie genre is mainly associated withthe age group 16 – 20, mainly males.Their appearance is quite individual,involving tight jeans, chinos, sweaters, In my magazine, I tried to portray this imageloose-fitting tops, snapback hats and vans. in my main image on the cover star in order to appeal to the target audience. However, I did try and make him appeal to the hip-hop genre by adding in other notes, for example on the contents page adding in the hiphop artist ‘Drake’. I have represented many social groups by: Gender Latest trends Being individual Having confidence
3. What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?• The kind of media production which may publish my media magazine is Intermedia Partners. Intermedia Partners was founded in 1988, and has invested in cable television, broadcast television, print, programming, and broadband opportunities. InterMedia’s Senior Partners have over 50 years of operating experience. They publish magazines such as Vibe. This institution may distribute my magazine as it has a similar plan to Vibe, and appeals to a wider target audience, which they may be after
4. Who would the audience be for your media product? Snapback hatsThe audience for my magazine would mainly be teenagers aged 16 – 19 who are interested in indie/hiphop music.I have tried to make my magazine aimed at a wide audience, by aiming it towards different cultures instead of just one.I also tried to aim my magazine towards both genders, by not including colours which could be deemed as ‘sexist’ eg – pink. The colours I used are quite neutral and appeal to both genders in the age range 16 - 19 Individual style Cardigans/Sweaters
5. How did you attract/address your audience? During my research, my audience said they wanted information on upcoming events, such as festivals and gigs, an affordable price, a main cover star and an appealing colour scheme. Here, you can see how I have taken that information into account and applied it to my final magazine coverUp and coming artists Big bold title to attractand festivals which the the audience with anaudience want attractive nameDominant image fitting inwith the target audience Prices which appealof indie/hiphop, to the audience as itpromoting the clothing are cheapNew artists which people Colour scheme toare wanting to know appeal to both gendersabout
How did you address your audience Large images on inside artists with page info Continuous colour underneath scheme which doesn’t go too out of line and isn’t too boldClear and precise detailson what inside and on whatpage without complicatingthings for the reader. Everyweek things and featureson different sides of thepage to simplify what Competitions includedthey’re looking for to see artists which are involved in the Variety of styles indie/hiphop vibe involved in the images which still relate to the audience style choice
How did you address your audience Image whichPlain background to relates to the frontmake the writing cover image soreadable and to fit in the reader noticeswith the colour scheme the starwhich isn’t too over thetop Bold title including Big image of the main subheadings with title wearing the One big long interview eyecatching quotes appropriate clothing of so that the reader from the interview my target audience, doesn’t have to read in with no other images to columns which could overfill the page, make them loose track simplicity of reading place
Audience feedbackLiked about the magazine:-The bold headlines and information throughout- The use of images, well distributed- The layout of the magazine looks professionalHow to improve the magazine:-Add more detail to the front cover- More colour to be added- A few more images on the doublepage articleFor my audience feedback, I asked a group of people to fillout a questionnaire about my magazine. From this, I foundout that most people thought my magazine was very good,with 4 people rating it overall good. My contents page got thehighest rating, with everyone asked voting it as very good.My double page spread got good due to the lack of colour,images and there been too much writing for the reader towant to read. My front cover got rated equally very good andgood, with the main comments being the likeness of the boldheadings and front cover image star, and negative commentsbeing that there is not enough information on it to portraywhat is inside the magazine. Noone who I asked thought anyaspect of my magazine was poor or ok.
6. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? How to use a digital camera, along with How to use Photoshop, and different shots, angles and how to manipulate images type of shots Using Moodle to get resourcesLearning the features of InDesign to How to use these to get the latestcreate my contents and double page gossip and information on artistsspread, and to put my magazine and bands, and to get ideas for mytogether own magazine
Using AdobeFrom using Abode Photoshop, I have managed to manipulate my cover image in the following ways:-Adjust colour levels to make the photo stand out on the magazine cover- Changed the brightness, hue and saturation to make the artist seem more alert- Cropped the picture to make it look more professionalI done this to make the picture stand out more when it was being used. I didn’t want Ollie, the coverstar, to look washed out in yellow tones, so I felt the need to change it. I also cropped the image torelate to the rule of thirds on my front cover, as it makes the magazine look more professional and theimage looks more in place.
7. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?Preliminary Task How to manipulate images on photoshop Using InDesign to create my double-page article Use of a camera and different angles/shots Using a continuous colour scheme which will appeal to both genders Usign effects and applying them to my images, such as drop shadow and emboss