Preliminary Task Posts to Complete

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1) Analysis of Existing School Magazines

  • An analysis of 2 school magazine front covers
  • An analysis of 2 school magazine contents pages

1.5) Audience Surveys

You will need to create a questionnaire collecting your audience opinions and post these on the blog alongside your analysis of these results.

2) Paper Plans

  • 1 Draft/mock-up of layout for your own front cover
  • 1 Draft/mock-up of layout for your own contents page

3) Photoshop Skills

You will be taught the basic skills of Photoshop in a number of lessons, each of these lessons will need to be evidenced by a blog post.

4) Final School Magazine Front Cover and Contents Page

You will also need to create a Front Cover and Contents Page of a School Magazine and post these on the blog.

5) Voice Thread Evaluation

  • How does your school magazine compare to existing school magazines?
  • How does your final school magazine compare to the drafts you have made?
  • Who was your target audience for the school magazine?
  • How did you try to attract your target audience?
  • What have you learnt from the preliminary task?

Research Posts to Complete

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Research Posts:

1) Music Magazine Institutions research – Minimum of 2 companies, 1 large [Bauer, IPC] and 1 small [Future, BBC Worldwide]

  • Who are the company?
  • What is their company history?
  • What publications do they manage?
  • A detailed look at 2 of these publications and their target audience. At least 1 of these publications should be a music magazine.

2) Music Magazine analysis – Different genres of music (3-5 Front Covers, 3-5 Contents Pages, 3-5 Double Page Spreads)

  • What are the conventions found on this magazine?
  • How is the cover band/artist being represented? (Denotation and Connotation)
  • How is the magazine representing itself? (Denotation and Connotation)
  • Who is the audience for this magazine? (be specific)
  • What genre is the magazine? How is this shown?
  • What features of the magazine will you use/not use in your own music magazine?

3) Audience Questionnaire and Analysis of questionnaire results (include bar graphs/pie charts)

  • Create a rough plan for your chosen genre of magazine.
  • How do audiences respond to this layout?
  • How will these results affect how you re-draft and create further plans for your magazine?
  • What will you include/not include based on these responses?
  • Who will be your main target market based on these responses?

4) Readership Profile (Who is your audience?)

  • What age are they?
  • What brands do they like?
  • What music do they like?
  • What socio-economic group do they fit into?
  • How does your re-drafted magazine layout appeal to this audience?

Planning Posts to Complete

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Planning Posts

1) Calendar/Timeline

  • When tasks will start and finish (including photo-shoots, deadlines etc…)

2) Mood board showing initial ideas for your magazine

  • Colours
  • Other magazine images
  • Fonts etc…

3) Proof of contacting models for photo shoot

  • Screen shot of an email/text message
  • Final list of models
  • Photographs of each model
  • Why have you chosen these people?
  • Why are they suitable for your genre and audience?

4) Props/Costume list for photo shoot

  • Why are the props/costume appropriate for your genre/audience?

5) Photo-shoot Planning

  • 6-8 storyboard style drawing planning out your images for your photo shoot/s
  • Why are these appropriate for your genre/audience?

6) 3 Location recces scouting locations for your photo shoot

  • Photographs of the location
  • Why are these appropriate/not appropriate for your genre and audience?
  • Your final location decisions

7) Contact Sheet of Photo-shoot images

  • Which images are appropriate for your magazine?
  • Which will you use, and on what pages?
  • What do you like/dislike about specific images?

8) Fonts

  • 6-8 Font examples
  • Pros and cons of each font
  • Why is this appropriate for your genre/audience?
  • 3 drafted Masthead examples
  • Pros/cons of each design
  • Why is this appropriate for your genre/audience?

9) 3 Front Cover Mock Ups , 3 Contents Page Mock Ups, 3 Double Page Spread Mock Ups

  • Pros/cons of each design
  • Why is this appropriate for your genre/audience?

Research and Planning Marking Criteria

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Level 1: 0–7 marks

• Planning and research evidence will be incomplete;
• There is minimal research into similar products and a potential target audience;
• There is minimal organisation of actors, locations, costumes or props;
• There is minimal work on shotlists, layouts, drafting, scripting or storyboarding;
• There is minimal care in the presentation of the research and planning;
• Time management may be very poor.

Level 2: 8–11 marks

• Planning and research evidence may be partially incomplete;
• There is basic research into similar products and a potential target audience;
• There is basic organisation of actors, locations, costumes or props;
• There is basic work on shotlists, layouts, drafting, scripting or storyboarding;
• There is a basic level of care in the presentation of the research and planning;
• Time management may not be good.

Level 3: 12–15 marks

• Planning and research evidence will be complete;
• There is proficient research into similar products and a potential target audience;
• There is proficient organisation of actors, locations, costumes or props;
• There is proficient work on shotlists, layouts, drafting, scripting or storyboarding;
• There is a good level of care in the presentation of the research and planning;
• Time management is good.

Level 4: 16–20 marks

• Planning and research evidence will be complete and detailed;
• There is excellent research into similar products and a potential target audience;
• There is excellent organisation of actors, locations, costumes or props;
• There is excellent work on shotlists, layouts, drafting, scripting or storyboarding;
• There is an excellent level of care in the presentation of the research and planning;
• Time management is excellent.