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In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?

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Paris Wood

on 20 March 2013

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Music Magazine Evaluation By Paris Wood In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? I decided i wanted my magazine to be a 'modern' Indie magazine. Q magazine mainly influenced my research and what i wanted my magazine to be like. The bold logo/masthead and the colors that really stood out was what i wanted on my magazine. This mainly influenced my front cover and double page spread. My media product uses several forms and conventions such as the masthead, main image, house style, music related article, cover lines, price and a bar code.
I looked at various other magazines and have roughly kept to the forms of these products, such as having the masthead in the top left hand corner. The other magazine that inspired me was 'Indie'. It's an independent style magazine, and has a really simple lay out with no much writing involved. I chose a more simple layout to other music magazines, to give it an 'Indie' feel to it. So i basically combined a front cover of Q magazines but copied the cover lines and info layout etc from 'Indie' magazine to give more of an indie/modern feel to my magazine. I also felt like i should add too much writing as it may drown out the main image. Another way i followed conventions of a real music magazine was the main image. Although it is not placed directly in the middle of the magazine, some magazine have done this, and often makes more space for writing/cover lines etc. The mise-en-scene of the image also follows the conventions as the shot is a medium close-up. The land scape of my photo fits into the genre as indies are frequently refered to as meeting up on the streets/ outside areas. I think the picture helps the magazine give it a professional feel as the models head is slightly behind the masthead-( which a lot of magazines do, to create space/fill space in) and also portrays my genre well. Contents page On my contents page i actually tried two different version as i couldn't work out which one stood out the most. My initial idea for the contents page was from Mojo magazine, having the main image across the whole page, as i felt it stood out more, but also meant that i didn't have to crop an image that i wanted on the page to stand out. I kept to the house style with the colors of my magazine, and although there are only those colors i think it stands out more than having lots of colors and more pictures. Although Mojo was the only magazine that i had looked at that had a contents page like this, i thought it was different from the normal and i wanted to try it out. With the red titles, i think this makes the page easier to read, and just like Mojo magazine, more simple. I also added the date and the issue number of the magazine which a lot of magazines have on their contents pages, as well as the front cover. I loved the lines on Mojos magazine between the date and issue number and did this on mine as i thought it looked professional and made the date/number stand out. Q magazine's front cover My front cover Genre The music genre plays a massive part in a music magazine, as you wouldn't have heavy metal bands on a pop magazine etc. Every magazine has a certain genre and the production of the magazine is based on the genre. My genre was Indie. Shown in my servey results most of my audience thought this just from looking at the front cover. My servey shows that my target audience were 50/50 with either design of the contents page, showing that both were suitable Main Image Masthead For the masthead i created a red translucent box around the name of my magazine. This relates to Q magazine as it has the bold writing inside of an effectively colored box. This can grab the readers attention as it is bright, and the logo/masthead stands out as it is bold. This fitted in with my minimalistic layout i was aiming for as there is no curvy/funky fonts etc. Its just plain and simple which is exactly what i wanted. Cover lines Barcode My cover lines weren't based on any main magazine, but i have seen lots of cover lines based like this on other magazine. Again, as i wanted my magazine to have a minimalistic front cover, i chose a simple font, and just altered some colors to stand out and brighten up the page, as it was all black and white! I challenged this form as i only have a limited amount of writing, which most magazines have a lot more. The barcode for my magazine was place in the bottom right corner, like most magazines. I also added a translucent white box around it to make it stand out more and be more obvious. The layout of the contents page also follows conventions by having features, and regular columns that the content fits into making the page easier to navigate, and quicker for the audience to find what they are looking for in the magazine. I also included an 'editors note' which is sometimes found in music magazines. I think it adds more of a personal touch, and brings the magazine together. By having a note from the editor, the magazine can become more familiar to the audience and more direct. A lot of magazines these days have special subscription offers, so i made up my own and placed this at the bottom right corner of the page, which follows conventions of other magazines, as this is the most common place to place it. To add to my target audience, who use internet and technology, there is a website, making it easier for those to access the subscriptions page. Double page spread My double page spread wasn't really based on any magazine, but the way the picture is set out, on the right of the page was inspiration from 'Q' magazine. Most magazines have the picture on the left side, before the article, so i guess you could say this challenges the conventions/forms.

My double page spread starts with the page title, and has an extract from the content at the top which draws people in to want to read the article. In then has a little introduction to the page. Most double page spreads in magazines will have this. Q magazine double page spread Kerrang magazine Kerrang magzine Q magazine My magazine My magazine Nme magazine Kerrang magazine My magazine
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