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  1. 1. AS Media Studies Coursework Evaluation Anna Broomhead
  2. 2. <ul><li>My magazine is conventional in the sense that it uses similar colours and fonts to other existing rock magazines. My two-page spread is structured like a typical article in a rock magazine, with the large photo and the footer with the trivia. My model is wearing a stereotypical ‘angry rock star’ expression, and is standing in front of a wall, which is also quite often used in band photography </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>However, my magazine has some unconventional features, such as borders. Many magazines do not use borders around titles or pages, but in my magazine, I used a theme of borders. On my contents page I used 3 borders, 2 of them red, and I carried this theme on into my 2-page spread. I also used some unconventional models and poses in my photography. I also decided to use some unusual phrases. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Some groups that I think are represented through my magazine are Americans, women, celebrities and the British public. </li></ul><ul><li>The band ‘Memphis’ that I created are American. The quote “we totally love the British public!” uses the word ‘totally’, which is typically American, and sounds a little patronising towards said British public. </li></ul><ul><li>I created ‘Dogstar’ as an all-girl band, which suggests that women are just as equal in the music business as men. I wrote ‘Dogstar’ as talking ‘boys, beer and being in a band’-the word ‘boy’ suggests they are of a certain age and that they try hard to impress men, but the subject of beer, a supposedly masculine drink, shows that they are possibly not that ladylike. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Celebrities are mocked slightly in this magazine. Although I have no personal opinions of celebrities, this magazine focuses on their faults and failures. The subtitle “embarrassing moments caught on camera” is advertising celebrities’ mistakes, and the story focusing on ‘whatever happened to’ Mickey Spencer clearly shows he has not made it in the world of celebrity. </li></ul><ul><li>The British public could also be considered to be obsessed with celebrities and their lives when reading this magazine. The fact that most of the stories focus on the celebrities and not their music shows a keen interest for gossip and news. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of my representation comes from my contents page. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>My project would be best distributed as a newsletter, or a ‘free’ magazine supplement, to be given away with a larger, more popular music magazine. It is unsuitable for mass production, and would probably not sell very well as a magazine on its own. </li></ul>Alternatively, it could be published on the internet, perhaps on a celebrity gossip site, or as a link from a charts site.
  7. 7. <ul><li>The intended target audience for my media product would most likely be teenagers and people in their early twenties; some topics covered in articles might not be suitable or interesting to children younger than 15 or 16. My magazine focuses mainly on rock, punk and heavy metal music, therefore people interested in this genre of music would be expected to read it. A person who likes R&B is highly unlikely to read it. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>I think the audience is first attracted by the magazine’s appearance. The white title on a black background jumps out at the audience, and the font hints at the genre of the magazine. The purple background of my photography also catches the reader’s eye. Once the reader’s attention has been caught by the magazine’s physical features, they are drawn in by the stories and articles. The cover acts as a teaser- with only one article and a handful of bands mentioned, the reader is led to turn to the contents page to read more. Even here there is an element of mystery, but there are more articles mentioned and stories are summarised in more detail to give an idea of the content of each one. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>I had already had prior experience of using Macromedia Fireworks before taking Media Studies, but this project allowed me to develop my knowledge and skills of both this program and others. I can now upload PowerPoint presentations, as I have with this, and I was also able to use a number of websites whilst searching for my fonts. I learned to take more time whilst using editing programs such as Fireworks, and how to use parts of the program I had never used before. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>During this project I learned more about the music industry and the media. I was able to research many existing magazines and learn more about each one. I can now distinguish between the different genres with a lot more ease, and associate certain bands and names with each one. I have learned how to make a magazine look more professional and I now know what kind of articles, language and photography is used in certain genres of magazine. </li></ul>