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  • 1. In what ways does your media productuse, develop or challenge forms and conventionsof real media products?

2. As I have decided to aim my magazine at girls ranging from about 14 20 I have decided to compare my pages to twodifferent magazines. I could not find any other magazines which were very similar to mine; magazines such as Sugar andTop of the Pops are aimed at a younger audience than my magazine and therefore I feel that my magazine should be moreorganised and mature. However magazines such as Billboard have a target audience of women from late-teens to late-twenties and therefore they include some artists which are not pop in order to please a wider scope of people. For thesereasons I feel that my pop magazine should be have a more relaxed mode of address than Billboard magazines and shouldfocus solely on pop music.The two magazines which I have chosen to compare my magazine to are:Top of the PopsB illboardIt is clear that these magazines are very different in language, colour, image, layout and target audience. As my popmagazine is aimed at girls who are too old for Top of the Pops but may be slightly too young for Billboard, I feel that mymagazine should include some aspects of each type of magazine. 3. In contrast to top of the pops magazine, InTune does not have Another more modern The majority of magazinesOne of the main conventions of thisa coloured background, the use of a clean white background is convention of manyavailable use lures/hooksstyle of magazine, which is aimed atnot very common within magazines aimed at young girls, howevermagazines is the use of a web in order to encourage thegirls in their early teens, is the useit is more appealing to a more mature audience; this is the reasonaddress related to thereaders to buy the of bright and stereotypically girlythat I chose to use a white background instead of a bright colour.magazine in order for peoplemagazine. This magazinefonts and colours such as pink andI also felt that it would make my magazine more easy to read if to access information online. clearly uses a lot of these, yellow. Within this cover thesethe background was white because I could then draw attention to Both these magazines used for example Fashion colours have been used a lot andthe cover lines using colours without the risk of colours clashingthese as the use of the bargains and Special therefore it is clear that it is a popor not being visible. internet is very popular now. Reportmagazine aimed at girls.Similarly to most otherOne convention Another convention which ismagazines I have used thewhich both ofcommonly seem in teenagerule of thirds in order tothese magazinespop magazines is the usedorganize my page and touse is a strikingof colloquial language whichensure that the first thingmasthead. This isis used to address thewhich draws the viewersessential in order reader and encourage themeye is the mainto drawto buy the magazine. Thisimage, then they willattention to the language can be quiteprobably be drawn to themagazine. Also childish and terms such ascover lines and then otherthe masthead Hot and OMG are clearlyaspects such as the lure inoften tellsmore suitable for a youngthe top right hand corner.readers what teenage audience as myLures/hooks are one ofgenre of music target audience of latethe key techniques whichthe magazine isteens early twentiesmagazines use in order to based on, this iswould probably not use thisdraw the eye, I havecertainly true for type of language.advertised fashion tips both these One convention which alland the chance to win a magazines, there magazines aim to have is acompetition on my cover fore bold striking image on the order to do this.mastheads are This is used by this issue ofvital. top of the pops to drawSimilarly to top of the pops I used many different fontattention to the main focus of Another convention To many people this issue This magazine hasstyles and sizes in order to make each cover line clear andthe issue which is clearly Zak is the use of otherof top of the pops mayalso used the rulereadable. I ensured that the fonts connote pop and thatEffron. Also the fat that this is smaller images onnot be very appealing of thirds which isthey would attract the correct type of person. I alsoa male is another convention the cover, this helpsbecause it is verycommonly usedwanted to make sure that I did not use to many different which is commonly used by to show what will be crowded, however this is aby magazines infonts as this would make my page look too busy. Similarlymagazines aimed at women; inside the magazineconvention of this type oforder to drawto almost all other magazines I wanted to show continuityby having a men on the front and thereforemagazine. The use of lots attention to theby using the same fonts and colours of font on all of thecover women are more likely attracts readers. This of pictures and colourful main parts of thepages. In order to do this I chose 5 main fonts and used to be attracted to the is the reason that I writing draws the cover and to showthem all one all 3 pages. I also used 2 main colours of pink magazine and therefore want decided to use thisattention of the magazinessomeand blue to show continuity; then I used some black andto buy it. audience.organisation.yellow to draw attention to certain parts. 4. The majority of pop magazinesWhen creating my magazine I wanted it to suitable for girlsThis issue of Billboard clearly uses the rule of thirds which isare not only focused onranging from the ages of about 16 22; Billboard is in some a convention of nearly all magazines. The eye is immediatelymusic, but also fashion andways too mature for some young adults, however Top of thedrawn to the image of Lily Allen and then moves to thebeauty as well because many girlsPops uses a mode of address and colours which are too childish cover lines on either side. The use of the rule of thirds alsoare interested in these topics.for most teenagers, therefore I have not followed all thedraws the eye to the masthead, as I said on the previousBoth my magazine InTune andconventions of either of these magazines; instead I have usedslide the masthead is essential because not only does it drawBillboard show some focus on some conventions of each, for example I chose to use someattention to the magazine but also, as Billboard is a popularfashion and beauty because the bright colours similar to Top of the Pops, but I also chose to brand, it allows people to recognise the, make-have a clear background like the Billboard magazine.up, position, lighting, expression One of the mainof the models of the front seemconventions whichto have been planned. I chose to magazines aimed at girlsdress Kirsten in girly/summery in their late teens/earlyclothes because this issue would twenties use is justbe released in May and many girlssticking to just a fewwill look to magazines to keep upcolours. The top of theto date with the latest fashionpops magazine on thetrends. I also planned the make- previous page usesup, lighting, setting, position andmany colours which dofacial expression in order tonot all compliment onecompliment Kirstens figure andanother, howeverlooks. By making Lily (in Billboard) Billboard magazineand Kirsten (in InTune) look uses only 3 main coloursnaturally pretty the magazines white, pink andwill hopefully show people that it grey, these appeal to ais easy to look good without young adult audience.changing yourself. Similarly I chose to useAlso, fashion/beauty tips (such as pink, blue and white asthe Pixie Lott clothing part of my the main colours of mymagazine) are lures which , when page in order to attract aI conducted my questionnaire, my more mature audiencetarget audience felt would bethan most popvery appealing.magazines.One of the conventionsOne aspect of this magazine which I do not findOne of the main conventions which I have challenged is that instead ofwhich I would follow if I was appealing is that fact that a lot of the writing is white onhaving a large bold masthead, I chose to have one word bold and blue andto produce more issues of top of a light background, and therefore some of thethe other word more delicate and pink. I did this in order to make my InTune would be to usecover lines and the words Lily Allen do not stand out.masthead different from all the other magazines which have very similar the Therefore I used a white background with colourfulfont styles, colours and sizes. I also wanted the word In to draw the same, fonts, colours, masth writing on top to draw the eye and ensure that allattention of the audience and show that there will interesting and seriousead in every issue. Thiswriting is not only legible but is easy to read withoutcontent within the magazine, on the other hand I wanted the word Tune shows continuity andpicking up the magazine, therefore the audience may beto look more delicate and show that the magazine is mainly for girls. ensures that readers candrawn in without meaning to look at the magazine.recognise the magazine. 5. One key convention which is neededOne of the main conventions of a music magazine which I have challenged is the use of headings onSimilarly to the cover ofis bold and eye catching titles onthe contents page. Most magazines sort the articles into groups and put them under headings; inTop of the Pops theeach of the magazine pages. I chose the Top of the Pops contents page they have used headings such as Wins & Offers and All about contents page has usedto use the same font for the titles ofyou. I decided not to do this because I wanted to have a range of articles and therefore they did not many small images inmy pages as its used for the word fall under particular topics and therefore using headings may not have looked very appealing . As Iorder to show what willIn in my masthead as this shows did not use headings it was essential to ensure that each of the things on