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Wednesday, 20 October 2010


Questionnaire about music magazines
If you could spare some of your time to fill out this questionnaire, I would be very grateful as this would help me in my AS media.

      1.       Are you male or female?

2.       What is your favourite colour?

3.       Who is your favourite indie band or singer?

4.       What three words would you associate with indie?

5.       What colours do you associate with indie?

6.       How often do you buy a music magazine?


7.       What do you like/dislike about the music magazines you currently read?

       8 . On a scale of 1-5, where 1 is very important and 5 is least important, how do you rate the     following aspects of a magazine? (Please circle your answer)
Pictures                     1             2               3              4             5
Competitions            1              2               3              4              5
Adverts                     1              2               3               4              5
Interviews                 1             2                 3              4              5

9.       Do you have a favourite music magazine?

10.   What is the maximum you would pay for a music magazine?

11.   How do you buy your music?
12.   Do you go to music gigs/concerts?

13.   What entices you to buy a music magazine?

14.   Do you have a particular favourite part in a music magazine?

Friday, 15 October 2010


Simple colour scheme - colours kept to a minimum.
One large picture which takes up a whole page and sometimes bleeds between pages (link the 2 pages together)
Sometimes the picture is across the whole dps with all text on the picture.
Quotes are used in the headline on the picture or in the standfirst or to break up the text.
Standfirst introduces the article, under the headline - often includes the journalists name.
Drop capital used at the start of the article, to show the reader here to start.
Other techniques include, bold texts, slightly bigger typesize, capitals for the first few words.
Headline sometimes used styleised fonts
Headlines are used to draw the reader in but doesnt tell them what the article is about - thats done by the standfirst.
Byline - who wrote the article and often photographs credit.
Arranged in columns 2-4 (3)
Strapline at the top - what the article is about.
The article is usually written informally and the personality of the journalist.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010


Researching the market place
NME Magazine:
Price - £2.30
Frequency of publication – Weekly
Issue size –66 pages
Regular content –   New music releases
                                   New upcoming artists
                                   UK charts
Feature Articles – The main interview with the band or person on the front cover.
                                 An interview with a new upcoming artist – ‘Radar Act of the Week’
                                 NME Charts- ‘The hottest top 40 tracks right now on the NME Chart’

Website -

Q Magazine:
Price - £3.90
Frequency of publication -  Monthly
Issue size – 202 pages

Regular content -   New music releases
                               New upcoming artists
                               UK charts
Feature Articles - Main cover story
                             Q music charts – ‘Front of the Q - this week's picks
                             An exclusive article – ‘Q Exclusive’

Website -

Uncut Magazine:
Price - £
Frequenct of publication - Monthly
Issue size -
Regular content - New music releases
                             New upcoming artists                                                                                   
                             UK charts

Feature Articles - Main cover story
                             The Uncut Music Award 2010: 25 contenders are revealed as our search for the third winner begins… 
Also: Marcus Mumford, Duane Eddy, Manic Street Preachers, Mickey Newbury and more…

Monday, 11 October 2010


 I have decided to create an Indie music magazine targeted at people of the ages of 15-25. The magazine will be for both male and female.


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

The front cover of my school magazine uses forms of the codes and conventions of real media products as I have used a main image which takes up the whole page, I have used a big title, I have used a barcode and a price and I have also included the date ane issue number. In my main main image, I have used direct address and my main main article is the largest coverline. My title is in the top left corner and is in one font however I have not used a unique font. I have also used a small number of colours which were purple and black. The front cover of my school magazine challenged the forms of codes and conventions as I didnt include puff's, buzzwords or coverlines. I also didnt include any sublines.
My contents page uses forms of the codes and conventions of real media products as the word contents was at the top of the page however the name of my magazine was at the bottom and i also didnt include the issue date in my contents page. I organised the contents into categories and put the page numbers by the articles. I included a picture of the front cover of my magazine at the bottom of the contents and stuck to the same simple colour scheme of purple and black. I also included pictures of the articles and put the page number of that article so it anchors them to the written contents. My contents page challenged the forms of codes and conventions as I didnt arrange the contents in columns, there wasn't one main image referring to the main article. I didnt include any subscription or contact information, or an editors letter. I didnt give the reader specific detail on what the articles are about. The photographs I used were not interested and varied.

How did you use new media technologies in the construction of your media product?

In the construction of my school magazine, I used Adobe Photoshop to create my magazine which I have used before however I used Quark Express to create my contents page which I have never used before.

What are the stengths and weaknesses of both the product and your use of new media technologies?

On my front cover, I used a medium close-up of a student which looked effective, my title also looked good on my front cover and I also think my colour scheme looked good. However i didnt include any other images other than the main image on the front cover so it looked quite plain. In my contents page, I think the fact that the word 'contents' was in the same font and colour as the magazine title looked effective, and I also liked that I put an image of the front cover at the bottom of the contents page. I dont think the contents page looked professional as i didnt include a big image of the main feature article, I just put lots of small images of other articles. I think I am confident using Adobe Photoshop as I have been using it for 3-4 years, however I dont think I used Quark Express confidently or effectively as I have never used it before.


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Wednesday, 6 October 2010


For an excersize in class, we had to take a number of different camera shots and angles.

Medium close-up from a low angle.

This is a Big close-up of someone using a mobile phone

This is a close-up of someone in nature

This is a extreme close-up

This is a medium close-up

This is a over the shoulder shot of someone writing

This is a close up shot connoting friendship

This is a close up shot connoting stress

This is a two medium shot

This is a very long shot conveying isolation

This is a very long shot