In what ways does your media product use, develop or change forms and conventions of real media products? My magazine relates to the XXL magazine with the colour pallet and the text style of the title. The colour pallet is a mix of black, white and red. A lot of R&B and Hip Hop magazines use this colour pallet as black represents mystery, red represents passion or danger and white stands for clean and fresh. The text style used in XXL magazine is focused on the outline of the title, as used in my magazine.
<ul><li>I also included a sub strip giving readers a chance to win tickets to a concert. Most music magazines offer free posters, CD’s, competitions and more to attract an audience. </li></ul>Unlike other music magazines, I added the Genre of my music magazine so the audience are certain that my magazine is an R&B magazine.
<ul><li>I did include the basic codes and conventions of a music magazine such as barcode and price, issue number, date of release and articles. </li></ul>
Side articles Masthead Issue number Name of Artist Barcode & Price Sub-Strip Main Image Issue date
My contents page relates to other music magazines because I have used to the same style of font and layout of the articles .
I also used the layout of the title from the VIBE magazine. The reason I used it is because I found it really interesting and unique unlike other magazines.
Articles Issue number Website Masthead Title Main picture Page Number
My double page spread has similar codes and conventions as other music magazine as it has a large, bold image for the article. I have included two images unlike some magazines but the images on a double page spread need to be big and bold to stand out and catch the readers eye. This Picture for Lilly Allen is an excellent example as it is bold but colourful and catches the readers eye.
A key code and convention for a double page spread is a bold title that gives you a small sentence about the article or a quote from the artist from their music or about their lifestyle. My title is the name of the artist and the artists latest song release however it also relates to his relationship and life, not only his song.
Main Image Page Number Page number Main Image Title Article
How does your media product represent particular social groups? <ul><li>My music magazine represents social groups who have an interest in R&B music. It is aimed at young adults aged around 14-21 but also introduces the older adults into the genre showing them what R&B is all about. My magazine would advertise clothes, trainers and gadgets as most young adults have an interest in these types of things. The images in my magazine also represents young adults as the star personas are young themselves and represents the clothes that young adults are interested in. </li></ul>
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why? <ul><li>Institutions likes IPC, EMAP and BBC would distribute my magazines as it is similar to other magazines such as Vibe, NME and Q that they distribute which are very successful magazines. My magazine has a wide range of target audience resulting into a huge amount of profit if it was distributed by well known companies. </li></ul><ul><li>My magazine would be sold in well known retail shops such as WHSmith and supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda. </li></ul>
Who would be the audience for your magazine and why? <ul><li>The target audience for my magazine is young adults, both male and female aged around 14-21. The reason my target audience is aimed at young adults is because most young adults enjoy listening to R&B but I also tried to aim it at the older adults by not adding to much R&B conventions allowing them to feel comfortable reading the magazine, without having to be an extreme follower to understand the content. The reason I used young models for my magazine was so that the audience bond with the magazine making it a personal to the reader. </li></ul>
How did you attract your audience? <ul><li>I attracted my audience with a colour palette of black, white and red which is commonly seen in R&B magazines and music videos. I also used articles which my target audience would be interested in as they contain R&B artist such as Rihanna and Beyonce that are tremendously known and that would draw the male audience as they are sexually attracted. </li></ul><ul><li>I also included R&B male artists such as Nelly and Neyo that are broadly popular around the world which will sexual attract the female audience. </li></ul><ul><li>I also used a wide range of fonts so that the magazine didn’t look plain and simple. The fonts relate to the style of R&B as it wasn’t like graffiti or Times New Roman. </li></ul>
What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product? <ul><li>Throughout the process I have learnt the differences between the different programs used to make magazines. I mostly used Adobe Indesign and the other was Adobe Photoshop. I used Adobe Indesign to create the magazine and I used Adobe Photoshop to edit the photos. </li></ul><ul><li>I found that Adobe Indesign was one of the most simplest programs used in the magazine industry and I believe I could of achieved a more professional magazine using a more advanced program. </li></ul><ul><li>I didn't learn much using Adobe Photoshop as I am quiet familiar with the tools. </li></ul><ul><li>I started used Slide share to upload my photos but I decided to change to photo bucket as it uploads pictures a lot quicker. </li></ul><ul><li>http://photobucket.com/ </li></ul>
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full production? <ul><li>Since creating my school magazine, I can say I have learnt about the different target audiences and how to target them in your magazine. For example my magazine includes information about R&B artists attracting an audience who is interested in R&B music. I have also learnt the more complex tools on Programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Indesign. </li></ul><ul><li>I have also learnt how to make certain things stand out on the page which I believed made my double page spread successful as it is only black and white but looks interesting. </li></ul>