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IN WHAT WAYS DOES YOUR MEDIA
PRODUCT USE, DEVELOP OR CHALLENGE
THE FORMS AND CONVENTIONS OF REAL
By Georgina Dovaston
• How does my magazine use the forms and
What has my magazine done that real magazines do?
• Refer to the forms and conventions.
I have used the forms and conventions in my magazine front cover because I have
done it so the artist on the front cover is looking at the camera so it looks like they
are looking directly at you so when you go to buy it in a shop you will just see the
artist on the front cover looking at you tying t get you to buy the magazine, the mast
head is also the biggest graphic on the page so it is clear to read and it is big and
bold so you don’t have to search the front cover for the name of the magazine.
Also on both of the magazines the main artist on the front of the magazine takes up
most of the page so you can also see who the magazine is about, you will also be
able to see what sort of artist they are if you have never head of the name of the
artist you can normally see what sort of artist they are by the way they dress and the
way the look. On my magazine I have got the mast head at the top of my page
going from the left of the page to right, it is like this so when you go into a shop to
buy it all you will see is the mast head of the magazine so you know which magazine
your looking at. Also the headline of the magazine is big so you can see what the
main feature in the magazine is before you buy the magazine so you know if it is
going to be a magazine that you will like and actually want to read. The name in
the head line is also normally the artist on the front cover so you know what the artist
looks like if you haven’t heard of the name before. The sub headline is slightly smaller
underneath the main head line because when you pick the magazine you will see
which artist its about but then when you read the sub headline you will see why it is
about that artist so you know what sort of article it is going to be and what it is going
to be about, quite often the sub head line is a quote from the article that features
the artist on the front of the magazine. The cover lines on both magazines tell you a
little more of what is inside the magazine so you know what else is in the magazine
apart from the headline. Sometimes the cover lines are quotes from inside the
magazine so you know what things are said in the magazine. Most magazines have
also got a date line on the front cover which shows the website and the barcode
and the issue number.
Artist looking at camera
Mast head at the top left
hand side of the page
I have used the forms and conventions in my music magazine
contents page because all the articles have got a page number by
them so you know which page they are on so you don’t have to flick
through the magazine trying to find one article. My contents page
and the one I’m comparing it too have both got more than 1
picture/photograph because on most magazines they have got
more than 1 photograph to show different artists that are in the
magazine. The title is always at the top of the page either the top left
hand side, the top middle or the top right hand side so when you are
flicking through the magazine you will see at the top of the page that
it is the contents page so you don’t have to look at every page to
find the magazine you will see it straight away because it will be at
the top of the page. The colour scheme and the house style will
follow on from the front cover so the colours and the fonts will follow
on from the front cover so it matches. On a contents page it has also
got columns on it so all the writing is neat and in columns. It is also
broken down into categories so if you are looking for a certain thing
in the magazine you will be able to look under the category it would
be in to find the page that the feature/article would be on that you
are looking for. Most magazines including mine have got a bit of
writing underneath the title of the article saying what it is about and
also what it is in so you know whether you will like the article or not so
you know whether to read it or not.
More than 1 picture
Title in the centre of
• How does my magazine develop the forms and conventions?
• Where did you get your ideas from?
• How did decide to take my photographs the way they are?
• Show how I developed the idea by referring the original.
• How does my magazine challenge the forms and conventions?
• How has my magazine broken the conventions?
• If you haven’t broken conventions show real media products