Evaluation of Preliminary Task STUDENT MAGAZINE
• IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT USE, DEVELOP OR CHALLENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF REAL MEDIA PRODUCTS?My media product compared to the products I have analysed challenges the codes and conventions which is needed to create a good studentmagazine. There isn’t a selling line to promote my product which means that my product would target a niche audience as only a certain amountof people would interpret what magazine is going to feature. There is also no colour scheme within the front cover or content page which is theopposite of the magazine I analysed “COLLEGE”. The contents page actually uses a wide range of colours which challenges the codes andconventions of a student magazine because of the multi-colour usage. However, certain codes and conventions such as the date line, cover lineand barcode are all used in my front cover page of my magazine. My contents page uses conventions such as borders, columns and links to thedesign of my front cover.• HOW DOES YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT REPRESENT PARTICULAR SOCIAL GROUPS?My media product represents a student group within the age of 12-21. I have made my media product represent this age group by making mymain image be of a student within that age group at work. Also, the contents page of my magazine only contains images with students in aworking environment, so the magazine is representing the social group of students and mostly students would be attracted to purchasing thisproduct• WHAT KIND OF MEDIA INSTITUTION MIGHT DISTRIBUTE YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT AND WHY?A media institution which might distribute my product would probably be an educational institution such as a college to advertise what goes onand what is available in the college to students who are interested in applying. But because the magazine has a barcode it would need to besold, so probably this could be distributed in a private educational institution.• WHO WOULD BE THE AUDIENCE FOR YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT?The target audience for my media product would be teenagers and possibly postgraduates who are students. The target audience would beyoung people who are studying because this magazine is about education and not fancy miscellaneous topics e.g. gossip or fashion. Teenagerswho are not learning academically would not be part of my target audience because they wont be attracted to my product.• HOW DID YOU ATTRACT/ADDRESS YOUR AUDIENCE?I attracted my target audience by presenting my magazine with a teenaged student studying which would appeal to teenagers who engage themselves with similar stuff. The cover line is very visible “Revise Wise” and the mask head stating “Encourage” both addresses my intended target audience in to purchasing my media product. The language is pretty straight forward and uses only a catchy rhyme on the cover line to influence the audiences discretion in purchasing the product.• WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT ABOUT TECHNOLOGIES FROM THE PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTING THIS PRODUCT?The software’s I used contain a lot functions to enable me creating both my front cover page and analysis. The front cover page was created on Adobe Photoshop where the features such as using cropping tools and lasso tools played a pivotal part in helping me construct my product. I made my contents page on InDesign which I found difficult to use but I will have a better understanding of it in the preliminary task which I’ll have a better understand of in my main task.
• LOOKING BACK AT YOUR PRELIMINARY TASK, WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE LEARNT IN THE PROGRESSION FROM IT TO THE FULL PRODUCT?I feel that I’ve learnt how to use software’s such as Photoshop to manipulate images which I would used in my products which will then be designed by InDesign where I’ve learnt how to use certain functions which could make me create a conventional magazine front cover and contents page in the main task. I’ve learnt how to assess the codes and conventions of a front cover page and contents page which I could take on board when I design my product in the main task. I know that certain features represents a certain audience to represent a certain place in the market