Megan Howarth media AS evaluation

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  • 1. Media Studies Evaluation of Megan Howarth

2. 1. IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT USE, DEVELOP, OR CHALLENGE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF REAL MEDIA PRODUCTS? 3. The bold title at the top of the cover will draw attention to the eye of the reader. The font and typeface also shows the theme of blahhh! being girly and sophisticated at the same time.The main photograph with the white background means there is no distraction from the picture. This is a common convention of magazines. The barcode, date, price and website are hidden in the corner of the magazine. This is a common convention. The slogan under the masthead will grab attention as it is talking about being number one. This will therefore interest people as it will be giving them the best information/gossip. On the left hand side of the cover I have added in information that is attached to the picture. I also used the word EXCLUSIVE so that people would want to read on and know more.Throughout the magazine I have used a 3 way colour scheme; white, black and pink. This is so its keep the young sophisticated feminine look. 4. Similar music magazines such as Q magazine, Blurt and many more also use the convention of one person with writing down the side. Also they have chosen similar colours to the ones I have chosen. Big bold title at the top so it stands out from the rest Picture of main artist down one side Writing introducing or telling you what's in side the magazine on one side so after you eye has been drawn to the picture you look at the writing to see what its about Headshot of artist coming from the right hand side of the cover Bold title of artists name to emphasis who the magazine main page is going to be about. If this artist interests you, you would buy the magazine Promotional offers Giving you a list of artists names who are featuring in the magazine and the sort of thing you will hear about them, in this case interviews. This is to attract the reader. www.qthemusic.com http://blurt-online.com/ 5. A common convention within magazines is the use of a 1 or 2 images. I have used more than this amount therefore challenging the normal convention. I have also used microphones and artists in the photos so it looks like a music magazine. Using writing around the photos using common conventions like page numbers. I have also stuck with the girly theme by using hearts and keeping the writing white is more of a girls colour than boys. I have also used the same font throughout the page to keep a common theme going. I have used the technique of white on black to create my piece. This is to keep it simple along with the pictures that will stand out because of there bright colours. I have used a subtitle to let people know what is happening throughout the magazine and what they should expect.The title Contents is in big at the top of the page for the readers eye. Although they would understand it is common that you have this feature on your magazine. 6. I have used bright coloured photographs so that they would stand out on the black background. I have also used the two small images on the 2 ndpage and a big picture on the 1 stpage. The images also have a homely feel as they are very casual and I wanted to keep that theme throughout on the pictures. Having photographs on the pages are also normal conventions in a magazine. I have used a big title at the top to introduce the artist. This will also make it easier for the reader to find the page they are looking for as it has a bold title. I also kept to the font and kept it girly so they can understand more who it is about. I used connotations of music with the microphone. This shows how she is a singer and sticks with the theme of music within the magazine. I used a black on white theme. This is so the images on the pages would stand out and also I was keeping with a casual theme to the magazine. This also meant I could play around with colours for the writing such as using the red in the quotation so it would stand out. I used a normal convention of a magazine with putting in a quotation from the passage the reader is going to read. Also to make it stand out I also put it in a different colour as it would firstly draw their eye to it so they would want to read the whole passage. 7. 2.HOW DOES YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT REPRESENT PARTICULAR SOCIAL GROUPS? 8. blahhh! represents young teenage girls, as from the front cover you can connote that it is a feminine magazine by the photograph that is shown on the cover, the title of the magazine and also the covers such as pinks and whites. I used fashion as well as music to attract the female readers. I used a similar pose to the one of Madonna on the front of Q magazine as I thought that it stood out and I liked the way it had been photographed as a close up so I photographed for my magazine in the same form, this is to catch the attention of the reader. Also the writing on the magazine is rather girly because of the colour along with the typeface that has been used Script MT bold as it has the swirly affect which I feel has a girly feel to it. The pink/white colours of the writing and patterns on the cover also have a stereotypical girly look. I also feel that how the writing has been placed and shown that it is also classy for a young teenage girls magazine. The girl on the front cover shown is also a young teenage girl showing the teenage feel to the magazine and the sort of audience it will attract. Masthead and Subtitle of the magazine in girly colours (red/pink) Swirly writingintroducing the artist with the words in pink. 9. I have taken inspiration from the magazine Q with the front cover of Madonna. When producing my own front cover I have changed and edited my front cover to make it different although kept it similar still with the conventions.

  • Differences:
  • Madonna has a more grungy popstar look
  • Madonna is older and more experienced with her photos
  • Madonna is more covered up as she is showing the more older person
  • More writing on the Q magazine
  • Similarities:
  • Similar hairstyles and lots of facial expressions from both
  • Similar poses as they are both from the side and produced on the cover from the right and close up photographs
  • Also Q has a slogan saying Britain's biggest music magazine and my magazine says Number one magazine for music beats
  • Both have freebees

10. 3. WHAT KIND OF MEDIA INSTITUTION MIGHT DISTRIBUTE YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT AND WHY? 11. Publishing Companies Publishing companies publish literature, newspapers, magazines and other types of information whatever form they may come in. Publishing is the production process of prints, graphics, editing etc of each piece of work. Work will be accepted by a distributing company for example,Bauer Media ,NatMagsand more and will then represent your magazine in the publishing stages and getting your magazine onto the shelves in shops. You then have to sort out a contract to see how much the publishing company gets for your magazine and how much you will get depending on how much is sold.My Distributor For blahhh! as it is a mainstream magazine, a major magazine producer such as NatMags because there is a space within there industry as they do not have a music magazine within there company and also they dont have any magazines that are for the young teenage age group. Although the main interest of NatMags is more fashion/lifestyle magazines my magazine also has the class they would be looking for along with the bright front cover to attract the readers eye such as there other magazines like Reveal and Best. The only problem with my magazine would have to be that it only features British Bands whereas there other magazines feature many different countries. 12. 4. Who would be the audience for your media products? 13. The target audience for blahhh! is teenage girls from about 14-17 most likely to be students within High School. I have kept a theme throughout which is a girly theme choosing the fonts and pictures with care so it would appeal to the teenage category. The front cover is not full of images or writing but with only one big picture on will also grab there attention because of the star shown on the front StarGirl and only a small bit of writing, this will make them want to read more and therefore buying the magazine. Also the read of the magazine such as the double page spread interview sounds very mature and will make the younger teenagers mature quicker with the help of role models for them. The colours in the magazine also show how it would be teenage girls and not boys. The pinks, and whites used show the girl theme and will attract them, whereas for boys it would be seen as gay to read something like this because of the colours. Everything shown on the front cover and throughout the magazine have a feminine touch.Older magazines to my teenage version 14. 5. How did you attract/address your audience? 15. I used bold titles and a slogan at the top of the page to attract teenage girls. I used a teenage name blahhh! because I thought it would attract the teenage girls, also where the colour scheme had red in it I thought this would also look good and stick with the girly theme. I also used hearts to keep with the girly theme but wanted to keep it sophisticated aswell. I used the word EXCLUSIVE and put it in red so that it would stand out and be bold. I also kept it short and sweet so that people would want to read on and buy the magazine. My magazine attracts young teenage girls aged 14-17 and I have used fashion more than props to relate to the audience, although I have used a headphone/microphone to relate to music. Also where I have used a younger teenage girl it will also relate to them more and they will be able to understand more