Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Final Product

How does your media product represent particular social groups?

My target audience is 16-25 year olds. I believe this is the age that people are most interested in music. I decided that the genre of my music magazine would be R&B. The magazine is aimed at young, middle and working class people. Taking the audience into consideration, the article/interview I included within the magazine has questions and answers about everyday things, the interview talks about this ‘celebrities’ break down and how they overcome it, it includes questions about their love life and their family. I have shown this young person, who has been through a tough time in a positive light, which may encourage readers as they will be able to relate to it and hopefully help them have a more positive outlook on things. My magazine targets young people and shows them how good things in life can be achieved and that they can prove the stereotypes wrong.

What would be the audience for your media product?

The primary audience and target age group for my magazine is boys, aged 16-25. I found that most music magazines are aimed at boys/men as they tend to have more interest in the music industry and I decided to use 16-25 year olds as my target age group as this is the age when people are most interested in music and likely to buy magazines. I also chose to aim the magazine at middle and working class people as my articles and features will appeal to them and may be inspirational/encouraging.

What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

I think a media institution such as Bauer Media would distribute my media product, http://www.bauermedia.co.uk/, Bauer Media reaches over nineteen million UK adults across multiple media channels and it is home to the some of the most successful music magazines in the UK, such as ‘Q’ and ‘Kerrang!’. It is a very established brand, which would aid me in distributing my magazine to major outlets and smaller retailers. As my magazine is a music magazine which also includes life stories and celebrity gossip, it would help attract and appeal to a larger audience. The music industry is constantly changing and making a magazine which appeals to a larger audience will give it a better chance in it being successful.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

How did you attract/address your audience?

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

I think that my final product looks a lot more professional than my preliminary task. I think this is because I was able to research magazines already on the market and look at the conventions that they used, before creating my product. I tried my best to meet all of the needs and requests that my target audience had, and made it appeal to them as much as possible. I also learnt that barcodes and price tags should be placed somewhere so that they don’t take over the whole front cover, they should be subtle, as they are essential but are not a selling point. One of the main reasons for my work improving is that I had a lot longer to work on this project than I did on my preliminary task this meant I was continuously able to look back over my work and change anything I was unhappy with, this also enabled me to develop me Photoshop skills and discover and use a variety of the tools on it to adjust images and add effects to text. In my opinion, my preliminary cover is plain, does not stand out or catch the reader’s attention whereas my final product does. My final product had to have broader commercial appeal, and look like it could appear on the shelves of large retailers such as WHSmith, as well as smaller businesses, next to magazines such as ‘Q’ and ‘Kerrang!’.

 Preliminary task- Front cover

Final front cover

Preliminary task- Contents page

Final contents page