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Magazine Conventions - Double Page Spread

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Katie Mould

on 3 March 2013

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Magazine Conventions
(Double Page Spread) Body Copy This is the main piece of text on the page. It is the story or article that the reader wants to read in order to find out information about the artist or band that the article is about. Byline This indicates to the reader the person who is writing the article. It is shown so that if you like their writing style you can look for other articles with him as a writer. This is also another way of showing the staffbox. Caption This is the information that backs up a small photo on the page. It may also be that the caption accompanies the main image on the page to explain to the audience what they are looking at. The caption could be very simple, telling the reader where the photo was taken or it could be in detail letting the reader know more about the certain area and what was happening. Not all magazines tend to go into much detail with the captions because it takes away from the body copy, which is obviously meant to be the real focus. Drop Cap This is a capital letter, larger than that of the body copy which initiates the beginning of the story or article. It is also used to make the page look more professional and interesting to look at. Fact Box This is a small insert that contains some information or statistics that relate to the article on the double spread. It will always have something to do with the types of questions being asked, however, there are not always fact boxes on the page. Gutter This is the space between the different columns of writing, so that the reader doesn't get confused with what they're reading. Headline/Header This is text at the top of the page in a larger or distinctive font that will attract the reader if they are just flicking through the page and also to make the reader know that they have come across a story, if they were looking for it. It is usually in a large, bold font, so that the reader won't miss it if they are flicking through the pages. This is designed to stop the reader in their tracks and make them want to read the article. This particular headline has used a quote from the main text which is known as a 'pull quote'. This is used to make the reader even more intrigued as to what's inside. Pagination This indicates the page number that you are on in the magazine. Pull Quote This is a short phrase or sentence taken from the main text/body copy and has been enlarged with a shape and brightly coloured background to emphasise the content. This is used to draw the reader in to wanting to read more. Serif This is a type of font that is pleasing on the eye to the audience because of its embellishing strokes at the end of the letters. Standfirst This is a very basic, broad introduction to the story or article, outlining the sort of things you will read about throughout the article. This small paragraph of information also has the byline in it to tell the reader who is asking the questions and writing everything up. The standfirst is important because it is the very first thing that the audience will read due to its positioning. If what they read is not interesting then they will turn the page and won't bother to read the body copy. All magazines have a standfirst on the feature pages because they sustain the reader. Main Image The main image on the double page spread will usually take up the majority of one of the pages. This is so that the audience is drawn straight to what is going on if they are flicking through the pages. The image will also have something to do with the main focal point of the article. In this instance, the image of the front man in 'Muse' performing on stage with a guitar, shows the reader that the story will have something to do with another performance that may be coming up or it could also be the band talking about a previous gig that they have done prior to the interview or article. Images The images surrounding the main image, all have something to do with the article and the main image itself. They are all supporting images that will make the reader feel like they are getting the know the band rather than just reading about them. This makes the reader feel a lot more comfortable reading about them. This is a good way of presenting an article to a reader because it makes them want to read further through the magazine. End Blob This is a symbol used my magazine companies to highlight to the reader that it is the end of the article. Similar symbols may be used to show that the article continues onto the next page.
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