Question 7: Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

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You need to compare your products here, but you should also look at your research and planning skills.
Research and planning –
  • How have your skills developed and what benefit has this had on your work?
  • Did you produce work more in line with professional practise as you have a more detailed understanding of the forms and conventions of real media products?
  • Did you manage your time better? Was your work well planned etc.?
  • Did you plan and draft more appropriately so your development was more logical and realistic?
Construction –
  • Include images of your prelim and main task and compare them.
  • How did your skills develop using software and hardware and how has this improvement evident in your work? Think about:
    • Photography composition
    • Page Layout and design
    • Use of Fonts
    • Selecting more appropriate mise-en-scene
    • Content of the magazine.
The more specific you are the more marks can be awarded to you.
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Question 6: What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?

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Here you need to reflect on what you have learnt! The key words here are ‘Creativity’ and ‘Skill Development’.
Do not fall into the trap of simply describing what technologies you used; you need to evaluate what you learnt through each technology used.
You need to be really specific about what you learnt, stating the tool/techniques you have used (this is where you can use your print screens come in handy).
How did this piece of software improve or benefit your production?
Think about the technology you have used throughout your coursework:
  • Cameras
  • Studio Lights/Backdrops etc..
  • Photoshop
  • Indesign
  • Internet + all the creative websites you have used
Each of these have helped you and taught you something along the way
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Question 5: How did you attract/address your audience?

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You MUST include some audience feedback on your finished products in your response to this question. Your post it notes/videos can help you here.
To complete these questions:
  • Insert your products into your blog and annotate them in line with professional magazines which have a similar target audience
    • What have you done that’s similar in order to have audience appeal (colours, poses, costume, fonts).
  • Point out what stylistic decisions you made in light of your initial primary audience research (did you challenge any of the professional texts in order to make your product appeal to its intended audience?)
    • You should consider the following:
      • Use of language/mode of address
      • Use of font
      • Contents (ref to bands/exclusives)
      • Images
      • Masthead etc…
  • Highlight how you made changes to your rough cut in light of audience feedback (include images of your rough cuts and compare to your final products, clearly signalling where the changes took place and why).
  • Conduct some final audience feedback with your target audience. The questions below would make a useful start.
    • What draws your attention to the product?
    • What genre is it and how do you know?
    • What do you consider are the strengths of the product?
    • Would you purchase the product and why?
    • How would you improve the product?
  • You should also consider how your initial (and continued) audience research impact on your decisions on how to target your audience? How did you modify your product in order to meet target audience needs more effectively?

 

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Question 4: Who would be the audience for your music magazine?

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For this question you need to:
  • Visually show who your audience members are
    • Outline what tastes they have (shops, labels, drinks etc.)
    • What they do in their spare time (sport, clubbing, going to gigs etc.)
    • What type of music they listen to? (images of bands, cd covers, videos etc…)
  • You can also consider and include the following:
    • Who is the core buyer of your magazine?
      • Consider percentage of males to females, ethnicity, age.
      • What socio-economic group do they fall into?
      • Psychographic profiling – this describes the behaviour of your audience and investigates how people see themselves.
        • Which group would your audience fall into?
  • How have you used this information to ‘strike a cord’ with your audience (competitions, exclusive interviews and reviews etc…)

 

This question gives you the chance to be really creative with your presentation. Creative presentation is a great way to pick up some extra marks!

 

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Question 3: What kind of media institution might distribute your music magazine and why?

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You need to research into magazine distributors:
  • What company would distribute your product?
    • You should look at their magazine portfolio for this
    • Do they distribute magazines from the same music genre as yours?
  • When thinking about why they might distribute your product think about the types of magazines they already work with.
    • Do they know the target audience well?
      • What benefit would this have when distributing your product?
    • Is your product similar but slightly different?
      • Why might this be a good thing?
    • Does the company have a good reputation?
      • Why is this important?
    • Is your product mainstream or more niche (this will affect the company that works with it)?
  • How would your magazine be advertised?
    • How are similar magazines advertised and where are they sold/viewed?
    • How would your product be distributed?
  • Think about changing society as we see the emergence of web 2.0. Alongside shops how else might your product reach people e.g. would people subscribe through the web and have the magazine posted to their house?

 

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Question 2: How does your music magazine represent particular social groups?

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How have you represented them through the use of:
  • Mise-en-scene
  • Props and costumes
  • Lighting
  • Location
  • Use of language
  • Camera angle
  • Type of pose (body language)
  • Mode of address
    • Consider eye-contact
    • Behaviour reflected in the photograph
    • Models pose
Is there an attitude coming across in your images/use of language that reflects the social groups and music genre?
  • Thinking about stereotypes can help you here.
  • Have you conformed to the stereotype or have you tried to create a countertype.
  • Is there a music magazine that uses a similar style (use images to support)?

 

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Question 1: In what ways does your music magazine use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real music magazines?

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This should cover ALL THREE PAGES of your magazine

You should:
  • Reference your initial research (textual and photography)
  • What did you find to be the forms and conventions of the magazine genre you were researching?
    • Give real magazine examples
  • How did you consider these forms and conventions when planning your product?
    • Give specific examples
  • How did you use these forms and conventions in your products?
    • Give specific examples
  • Did you challenge any of the forms and conventions?
    • How and why? (you may want to reference your initial audience research here.
  • You must – compare you products to professional products. You should include screen shots of both your work and professional texts and highlight the similarities. Strong responses to this question would cut up professional texts and aspects of their own work to discuss the micro detail.

 

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