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1. In what ways does your media product use,develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?Develop My media product develops conventions of real media products by the use of colour and layout in which relate to other music magazine on sale today. I have a used a colour scheme in which is recognised by music magazine buyers and the layout reinforces this. By the jam packed front cover, and detailed contents and double page spread my magazine is similar to others on the market today and would attract an audience that are interested in the content.Challenge My media product however does challenge real media products by the inclusion of new techniques in which are not always included in music magazines today. This is through the use of offering different articles that differ from what magazine Q and NME offer. For example, Big Top 40 and the inclusion of different types of music that differs from urban, rock theme.
2.How does your media product represent particular social groups?In my opinion, I believe that teenagers and music lovers would be interested in my magazine. This is because, the magazine Ihave create represents that particular social group by the way I have included appropriate images and text that appeal to that audience. It represents groups of people that are interested and have apassion for the urban rock style of music and also enjoy reading other music magazines such as Q and NME.
3.What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? As my magazine is a music magazine, I believe that the type of institution that would produce it would be a magazine productioncompany in which has had previous success when producing this kind of magazine. For example, NME production company: IPC Media, a media production company who has had high success in the music magazine industry. By using a company like this my magazine would be sold to a much wider audience than if I chose a company who has no previousexperience in selling a music magazine. Also by using a company likeIPC Media, they would be able to assist me in what to include in my magazine and what would sell.
4.Who would be the audience for your media product? The music magazine I have created ‘Louder’, is a up to date music magazine relating to other music magazine in today’s media market. The ideas for the magazine came from a variety of different magazines in which I discovered both through product research and prior to the main task. These magazines were Q and NME. Therefore the target audience for my magazines is similar to the audience that these magazines have and as the teenage ages, 15-18 are the most popular age group for the urban, rock style of music, this was the age group I wanted to aim my magazine on. I also included other kind of music in to magazine to make it different to magazine that are on sale today. Therefore I have included articles that differ slightly to the ones that I know already sell, for example: Pop Music. I think by doing this I have opened my magazine up to a much wider target audience.
5.How did you attract/address your audienceIn order to attract and gain interest from my target audience, I made sure that the magazine I created included the sort of content that teenagers aged 15-18 would be interested in. For example, by including recent music, competitions and familiar colours that readers would associate to music magazine as they are also used in other successful music magazines, Q and NME. Another way to attract my target audience was by the use of images, I purposely chose images included people of the target audience age group and therefore making the magazine look young and with a fresh style.
6.What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?I had to learn to use many different pieces of software during the creation of my media product. These were in order to edit my pictures, create my evaluation, make the flashes and to makesure my magazine looked the best it could. To make my magazineI started off in publishers using the effects within there, however I chose to change my magazine in to Comic Life as the features within the software made my magazine look more professional. Also on top of this, I had to learn how to use Photoshop to edit my pictures. This was difficult as all of this software was new to me and I had to use it in complex ways in order to create my magazine. However from this task I have learnt skills that I will take away as use in other subjects as well as media.
7. Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product? By carrying out the preliminary task, I have learnt a mixture of different elements in which were important when creating my music magazine:• Time Management• Organisation• Planning All of these helped me to complete my magazine on time and enabled me to spend more time on the things that were able to get me more marks.
If I were to complete this task again, what would I do differently? If I was given the opportunity to complete this task again I would, firstly include a different colour scheme as I personallyfeel that now looking back at my magazine, I have chosen colours that are predictable in the music magazine industry. If doing the task again I would spend longer thinking of a colour scheme that was just as effective, but differed from the traditional, black, white and red.Secondly, I would include a wider variety of images as the images I have included, all include girls and therefore I think when selling this magazine it may come across as a more feminine andmay restrict who buys it slightly as the male target audience may feel it only includes the type of content women may be interested in.