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ConventionsFrom my genre and form research, it’sobvious that the following points areconventional for all sorts of musicmagazine.However, referring to the USP of mymagazine – Asian Pop MusicI’ll also make reference on the conventionsof Asian music magazine, which may enhanceme to create a crossover of musicmagazines of both cultures.
Firstly I’ll analyse the conventions of English music magazine e.g. Q and Mojo.
Front page Masthead on the top of the cover page Slogan to show reputation Date of issue Headline subject as the biggest splash with description Other cover lines at the side Main photograph - always medium close up Other photographs for particular featuring stories Bolded splash
Contents page often categorized date of issue a photograph of the main story A few photographs - photograph for headline - a few smaller photographs for other articles Brief description under each article Page number in front of the title of article Recent news on concerts or other special events beside main stories Follows house style of magazine
Double page One large photo across two pages Additional photographs for description of article(usually very casual) Standfirst Eye-catching headline Matching colours between background and the music genre of celebrity Quotes by the subject
And I’ll be breaking… Avoid being too wordy - there will be a small opening paragraph and a few captions
And now, I’ll be analysing the conventions of Asian music magazine…
Front page Colour of masthead is always in contrast with the background colour e.g. red in black. blue in white etc Masthead always takes up the whole row Date of issue is always at the top left corner Splash at the bottom with the largest font - smaller cover lines about the headline story will also be diversed on other place (illustration) (when a pair group)Names will be placed vertically between the medium close up of them (as chinese characters can be written vertically)
Front page over coverlines will be arranged in list - the coverlines are only names of the subjects of the articles - only 2-3 coverlines will include short description some featuring credits such as free poster may be placed on top of masthead with smaller font and lighter-colour Usually simplistic colour scheme - 2 to 3 colours only
And I’ll be breaking… although this will be an English magazine, in order to bring out the taste of Asian, the chinese names of the subjects will also be shown I think the splash is already enough, so I won’t put other coverlines about the headline story
Contents page Images of subject may be cut-ups Less or no photographs from other articles Image of front page is always present at the top left/right corner small subscription section at bottom corner every cover lines will have a brief description with around 2 sentences below usually simplistic, without too many extra images or decorations in order to show audience with a clean layout for them to check out what they want to look for however, description of headline story will sometimes placed on the photograph of the main subject page number is always placed before the coverlines
Double page photographs barely go across two pages - normal two separate pages of the same article many paragraphs - may be short - look less wordy may be cut-ups of subject rather than just proper photographs information of modelling, make-up, hair styles and photographer at the top left corner of the left page contexts are mainly about recent news, future plans and private lives of subjects