Tuesday, 1 May 2012


Friday, 27 April 2012


How does your media product represent particular social groups?

The target audience for my magazine is teenagers and young adults around the age range of 15-23 who enjoy rock music. I decided this because my questionnaire results show that most people who are in the age range I specified prefer rock music, and it is something I enjoy too which makes it more pleasurable to create.


• More males said they read music magazines, and the gender split was in the favour of males preferring rock music, as well as most of the girls.

• Therefore I decided to create my magazine so it would appeal to both genders.

• This is done by the female image on the cover. Her pose expresses the feelings related to the headline, but the red lipstick and the red writing suggests passion, therefore influencing the male gender.

• Whereas females may feel they relate to her a lot more because she too is a woman so this may sway them into buying it also.


• My magazine can attract anyone; it does not specify which sexuality this is aimed at because anyone can buy it, and it is not specifically gay people who enjoy this sort of music

• Lesbians may find themselves attracted to the woman on the cover, or they may feel they can relate to her is someway. The stereotypical lesbian is that they are butch, have hairstyles which are similar to boys, do not dress like a girl, like ‘manly’, dark colours such as black. Going on this view which has been created by society, I have used a dark background and colours which compliment all sexualities such as red to sustain this view.

• For girls who are not lesbians and are quite girly and like bright colours but do also like this type of music I have included colours such as pink and purple to reach to them. This works well against the dark colours of black and grey, which can reach men who want to see this sort of thing on magazines.


• My magazine is aimed at working class people because people from upper classes are not likely to be interested in this sort of thing as they are seen to be ‘posh’.

• The language and the informality of it all would relate more to the working class rather than middle/upper classes

• There may be the exception however that some people from these classes may want to buy this magazine, and there is nothing which stops them from doing this

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Article Plan

I want my article to be in the form of an interview, with the main topic being how Slamdunkk split up and now she is going solo with her career.

The headline of the article will be a quote from from article itself. The questions I will ask will be based around the situation presented, that is why they split and how she feels about it. I want to ask things like who's idea was it and how did she deal with it. This is because in real interviews they ask all sorts of questions about situations that have happened to this person, in this case it is about a split and magazines like to know the story behind what the media have actually presented.

I plan to also ask questions about her personal life, who she is dating at the moment and if rumours of relationships are true. Then the final set of questions will be about her future, and the new album and what she plans to do, things like a tour etc. Finally there is usually some sort of heroic act they have included within an interview so that is why I want to write about how she saved an old person from a mugging. This is the overall general plan of my article, which will be gain more and more detail as time passes.


After analysing different magazines and noticing they approached things in different ways, I decided I wanted to include aspects of both Kerrang! and Q. The masthead is across the top because I preferred this look rather than what Q does, but I want the hooks to be presented in an organised way which is why they are down the sides rather than being splattered all over the page.


My contents page is organised, like my style model Q. It does not keep Q’s format, but it does have a sense of sophistication to it rather than the messy and creative look Kerrang! goes for. However I do want to use destructive and interesting fonts in the way Kerrang! does.

Having one photo taking up half of the page is something a lot of magazines do and I have seen it a lot when reading magazines myself – it represents the importance of the person and how this is all about them. The photo I use to do this I want it to represent how this person is feeling, whether it is now or something that may have happened to them in the past. Breaking the text with quotes makes it look more attractive and people may be more willing to read it, and the quotes I plan on using will be funny/dramatic ones which get the reader thinking ‘what is that all about, I want to read this’.

The second part of my article is another double page. I want to include many photos to make the article seem more appealing; people do not want to read a whole block of text so adding things such as quotes and photos does this. The photos will be a range of different types to keep the feeling of interest. The article itself will also be interesting and typically one where something traumatic or an event which everyone knows about has happened in their lives. This is something that is usually seen in a magazine article because it sells.

Thursday, 9 February 2012


Please state your gender:

1. Which type of music do you prefer?
 Pop
 Rock
 Country
 Dance
 Punk
 Rap
 Indie
 Other: Please state ______________________
2. Do you own a source of music storage e.g. iPod
 Yes
 No

3. How many hours per day would you say you spent listening to music?
 0
 1-2
 3-4
 More than 4
 4. How do you get your music?
 Download it legally
 Download it illegally
 Purchase it from stores
 Purchase it online
 Other: please state ________________________
 5. How much would you pay for an album?
 Nothing
 £1 - £5
 £6-£10
 More than £10
 It depends on who’s it is
 6. How do you listen to music? Please tick all that apply:
 iPod
 Computer
 Radio
 Mobile Phone
 CD’s
 TV
 7. Do you read music magazines?
 Yes
 No
 8. If yes, how often do you read them?
 Every day
 Every week
 Every couples of weeks
 Every month
 Other: Please State ______________
 9. Please state the name of the magazine you read:
 10. Are you subscribed to a music magazine?
 Yes
 No
 11. Do you feel music magazines target more males or females?
 Male
 Female
 They target both
 12. What attracts you to a magazine?

13. Do you think there is a place for another type of music magazine?
 Yes
 No
 14. If ‘Yes’, which genre of music do you feel could have their own magazine?
 Pop
 Rock
 Indie
 Punk
 Dance
 Country
 Rap
 Other: Please State ______________________
 15. Would you want extras within a music magazines, e.g. posters etc

 16. If you do not buy magazines why is this?
 Too expensive
 I have no interest in music
 I can find out everything I need to know via the internet
 Other, please state: ______________
 17. Do you own any band merchandise?
 Yes
 No
 18. If so what do you own?

 Wrist band
 Poster
 Autograph
 Cd
 Hoodie
 Tops
 Other, please state: ___________
 19. Have you got a favourite artist? Please state who if so:
 Yes, please state: _______
 No
 20. If you saw your favourite artist on a magazine would you be more likely to buy it?

 Yes
 no

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