Analysing magazines

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Analysing magazines

  1. 1. Analysing MagazinesKey Tips: Don’t just annotate the pages, write a detailed analysis for each page Use media terminology Refer to specific examples from the magazine pages Explain the effect of each example you use Use terms like connotations or signifies Make sure you are analysing a professionally produced magazine, not another student’s courseworkTypography – what font styles are used? What are the connotations of the font(what do they suggest)? What effect do you think the fonts are supposed to have onthe audience? Why were the font styles chosen?Layout – is the layout cluttered or order? What effect does this have? Does thelayout follow the route of the eye and/or the principle of thirds? What is the ratio ofimage to text?Colour – what colours are used? What do the colours connote? Why have thesecolours been chosen?Images – what shot types and angles were used? What is the effect of the shot typeand/or angle? What effect does the mise-en-scene have? Why were the props,costumes, locations, etc. used? What do they signify?Mode of address – how does the magazine ‘speak’ to its audience? What languageis used? What impression do the fonts, colours, etc. have?HeadlineStandfirstBylineCaptionCoverlineCover Story
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