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Contents page analysis 1


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Contents page analysis 1

  1. 1. Contents Page Analysis MEDIA STUDIES-RESEARCH
  2. 2. Main Task: Contents Page Analysis KERRANG! Layout  The contents page of KERRANG! Has been set out in columns provided with feature titles and page numbers. In each column there is a subheading in yellow with a black box around it to divide each category within the information provided. There are no bullet points however the page numbers are highlighted in red and used in a similar way to bullet points shown to the left of each feature title. Images have been used to highlight important sections of the magazine/ likely sections that the audience may want to read with a group shot at the top of the contents page with a caption and a page number in bold (used with bright colours) to show where it is in the magazine and what it’s about in a simple form. The Use of Text  The style of fonts alternate in the contents page depending on the caption of focus used, such as the information in the bottom right of the contents relating to the issue being created with help from….. The font style in this section is clear but bold, highlighted with a grey box and a title in yellow. Headings and sub-headings are used in the same way within the main section of the
  3. 3. Main Task: Contents Page Analysis KERRANG! The Use of Images  The biggest image is at the top of the page as it would make sense for this type and size of image to be placed here as it is a group shot with a page number and caption. However further down the page the images start to get smaller to ensure the page is filled plus the information used which then relates to this. There is a two-shot, two group shots and a medium close-up on the page. Representation  With the uses of imaging and colour different social groups that have been represented on the contents on the contents page, however there is really only one that is noticeable in which it is aiming towards the younger generation of people up to mid-20s. Though there is a small section towards the top right as this may relate to someone slightly older from just looking at the image and font style used. (Including lack of colour and exaggeration of style) Audience  The layout of the magazine will help to address the audience as it has been set out in columns as the information can be clearly read. The images and feature titles can then relate to this. The text has been used within captions and information that relates to the images used which may help to address the reader in understanding what the information may be leading to/ what it is about.
  4. 4. Main Task: Contents Page Analysis Q Layout  The contents page for Q has also been set out in a column form in which the feature titles and page numbers are set out to show what is in the magazine. There are no bullet points but the page numbers are linked with the subheadings with the use of separate colours to divide them and the separate categories between each section. The images have been set out all in one place with feature titles used in a similar way as captions to relate to the images. There is also a section to the right side of the page known as the review giving a guide to each section/category of the magazine. Use of Text  The red text has been used for the sub-headings in the main section, which is also slightly larger so it is more noticeable, of the contents followed by a clear but classic font style similar to Times New Roman to present information on the feature titles to show what it is about for each category. A slightly larger font size has been used for the review section to the right of the page again to make it more noticeable which relates to the image and has been surrounded by a text box. The masthead has also been used in this way but with the use of a different font and size.
  5. 5. Main Task: Contents Page Analysis Q Use of Images  As mentioned the images have been mashed together similarly to the cover of the KERRANG! Magazine to show the main focus of what is to be in the magazine in relation to the page numbers, graphical effects and information provided. There is also an image at the top of the Q review section with a caption which relates to the text below. Representation  This contents page really on focuses on the younger generation because of the images of young people used and the use of colours for various graphical effects including sub-headings and text box backgrounds. This would also relate to people who like the type of music mentioned in this magazine. Audience  The simplistic layout helps to address the reader especially as it may be more suited to the younger generation. To add to this not a lot of writing is used but the use of feature titles and colour used especially for text boxes and backgrounds it makes up for the fact that there isn’t a lot of writing.
  6. 6. Main Task: Contents Page Analysis NME Layout  The content of NME is set out again in columns involving a lot of text/information relating to the few images used and the rest of the magazine. Again no bullet points are used but similarly to the KERRANG! Contents page it uses Page numbers in the way that you would use bullet points to present feature titles. The page is divided into three sections with the first being page numbers and information in relation to what was presented on the cover. The second section involving images and captions to go with them and finally the third section telling you what is new in this issue providing a band list. Use of Text  The font size appears slightly larger generally in comparison to the other magazines analysed which may be due to the fact that this magazine may suit the older audience. The style is simplistic but understandable making it a suitable and a good overall font to use throughout this type of magazine. The font colour only appears to change when there is a title such as the masthead or a sub-heading/caption in relation to an image.
  7. 7. Main Task: Contents Page Analysis NME Use of Images  There are few images used on the contents page however those that are used have captions in relation to them to provide them with meaning towards the audience. There predominantly appears to be a use of close-ups and medium close-ups. Most of the images used are also small close-ups with two of them in the second column in the contents being circular. Representation  The contents may appeal more to the older generation of people due to the amount of text used and few visual enhancements/images used. The graphical effects appear mainly at the top of the page followed by a mass of information about the magazine including the feature titles. Some bright colours are used but they are not as vibrantly used as the other contents pages analysed so it may not suit the younger generation as much however the type of music mentioned in this magazine may relate to anyone. Audience  The amount of information and images provided may address the older audience as it is providing more context than in comparison to a magazine which may suit someone of a younger age. The layout is simple, set out in columns which titles and information in each.