Friday, 11 May 2012

How did you attract/address your audience?
Naomi Wolf (1991) projected the feminist view of the way women are represented in the media industry. She stated that the use of using an attractive female model on the cover of magazines can influences the reader’s outlook on their own lifestyle. By doing this, she agrees that this is a way of suppressing the idea of a patriarchal society and the dominance of women and allowing society to notice the strength women have. The concept of this is that the female readers will see the appeal of the female on the cover as a role model; someone to aspire themselves to be like: attractive and successful. Whereas male readers will observe it as a form of sex appeal. This is what I have used in my own magazine, in order to exploit the female gender in order to attract a larger audience.
The theory of Uses and Gratifications is being exploited in my work because the target audience are looking for a sense of identification in what they are reading. People tend to identify with articles in magazines because they feel it reflects aspects of their own life and that is what I am trying to achieve because the female on the front cover can act as a positive role model for others.

I think the audience needs to feel connected to my magazine because it adopts a genre of music they are interested in and they want to know more about what happens in this music industry and the artists and stories that catch their attention. In order to expand on the target audience, current readers may even discuss their interests found in this magazine with friends and this could influence them to become interested in this magazine also.

Friday, 4 May 2012

What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

My article presents the model on the front cover but in a different pose and choice of costume to create variation for the reader. I have included writing that involves trivia about a band member that would be conventional for a music magazine because readers want to know details about their favourite bands and members. I adapted the logo for the magazine into the name of the article so the layout is similar but with slight variations.

My contents page focuses on the idea of simplicity because the target audience for my magazine is teenagers and young adults therefore they want to be able to access the information they want easily.
The images offer a different form of context from the front cover so there is variation for the reader.
I have included captions on the two images and titles on the contents information for an organised structure.

This is my final front cover for my magazine.  I have included influences from my chosen style model but at the same time challenged conventions and adapted my own original style in terms of layout and colour scheme.
The reason I chose this colour scheme to work with was because I have never seen these colours in a music magazine of this genre so I wanted to break away from existing work in order to make mine original and interesting.

How did you attract/address your audience?
What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why?

Distribution is an important stage in selling my magazine therefore I think that I need to identify a publishing company that is suited for my magazine. I think Bauer media will be the best option because it has rights to over 80 media brands, which include magazines like Kerrang that are in a similar music genre to my magazine. It has also appealed to celebrities in the industry and this could be profitable exposure for publishing my magazine. The media company would be able to present my magazine to over 19 million customers in the UK alone and the idea that readers are involved with the company to project their own ideas and opinions on existing and future products could be beneficial if I were to use this publishing company.

Thursday, 3 May 2012