Media Studies Music Magazine


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Media Studies Music Magazine Style front covers, contents pages and main stories

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FRONT COVER: Q magazine

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Main Masthead of the magazine Selling line… why people will buy it! Main image Main colour scheme seems to be red, white and grey/black Pull factors Sub image He is leaning into the shot which the majority of artists do for covers Plain background Barcode

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Possible improvements? Possible improvements that could be made are: Make the main image stand out more Maybe put the barcode in a different place. But there are many other great features used in the magazine which I could incorporate into my own.

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More Detail! Mast- head The mast head for Q Magazine is more or less just the letter Q in a red box. This means that it stands out and people have more of a chance to remember it. The selling line People will look to the selling line to make a judgement on what they believe the magazine is going to be like. ‘The UK’s biggest music magazine’. This means that more people are going to be drawn in to what is being sold.

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More Detail! Colour scheme The colour scheme for this front cover seems red, white and black. This means that the layout of the cover is simple and not too many colours are clashing with each other. It also means that certain words are able to stand out against the dark grey background. Barcode In this instance the barcode is relatively small compared to the rest of the cover’s contents. This connotes that maybe the barcode is not as important.

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More Detail! Main Image The main image shows Matt Bellamy smashing his guitar off the ‘screen’. This helps convey his type of music. He is also leaning into the shot slightly. This tends to be what many different artists to do on this particular cover. I find it tends to bring more life to the image. Sub image There is also a small image at the bottom of the page of the Beatles. The Beatles were huge in their day and therefore people are more likely going to be drawn in by seeing that image.

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More Detail! Pull Factors The pull factors on the cover help to create an audience for the magazine. The main one for this cover would be ‘Rocks biggest nutjobs’. This is because this is the title that seems to stand out the most. Font sizes. The font sizes are practically the same, but they have made certain parts larger in order for them to stand out.

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2nd Front cover

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NME front cover Main magazine masthead Strong main image Pull factors Other stories/ sub images Plain background Barcode Strong headline Main colour scheme: Red, White and Black

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More Detail! Masthead In terms of the masthead the main image is covering part of it. This connotes that people know what it is and that they don’t have to see the full thing to know what it is. It is a symbol of the magazines popularity. Colour scheme Like the ‘Q’ magazine, the colour scheme is red, white and black. This seems to be common throughout this genre of music magazines.

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More Detail! Barcode The barcode for this magazine is small and is out of the way. This suggests that it is no where near as important as the rest of the page. Pull Factors The pull factors for this particular magazine comes in the other articles. ‘636 UK GIGS LISTED’. This is a pull factor because people will want to be able to look though and see when their favourite bands are playing.

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More Detail! Main Image This main image is particularly strong as it stands out against the white background. He is also covering the mast head which connotes that he is important. He seems like he’s somebody who everybody should know about. Sub images/ sub stories. In this case they are there just in case someone isn’t particularly interested in the main article. This is because people who don’t listen to Jamie might listen to somebody like Paramore.

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Contents Page

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Q contents page 4 images Informing us what this page is Page numbers easy for main stories Masthead still visible List format: easy to read Colour scheme the same

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More Detail! Masthead In the contents page, the masthead is still visible, this means that the people can still recognise the magazine. This reinforces the idea that this is the most important aspect of the magazine so that the people will be constantly reminded what magazine that they are reading. List Format All the stories have been put into a list format. This is good as it makes the different stories clear and easy to read.

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More Detail! Images There are many images that have been used n the contents page. This is because they need to show their readers what their articles are all about. They also have the relevant page numbers on the images, this is good as it makes it easier to get to the relevant story. Colour scheme The colour scheme is still the same as the front cover as it helps maintain the magazines identity.

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2nd Contents page

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NME Contents page Still a plain background Writing is all in different fonts Lots of different images Page numbers to navigate you to the right page This is not the same colour scheme but in black and white

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More Detail! Images This is full of images which help describe what the contents of the magazine contain. These also have page references, which makes it clear which page you should skip to in order to read about your favourite bands. Colour scheme The colour scheme is much different to that of the front covers, as for this one it is in a black and white style. This connotes that the front cover is much more important than the contents page.

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More Detail Titles The font for the titles of the stories is slightly bigger than the font that is there just to describe what is going on. This is because the title of the stories are much more important. Layout They have arranged the images on the cover so that they all stand out. They aren’t just placed into one corner, they have been spread out across the page.

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Main Article

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Q main article Columns In dented quotation Pun Main image Bold writing/ Headline By-line

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More Detail! Main Image There is a large image that covers the top half of the page for the main story. This is because then you can see what the story is going to be about before you even read the article itself. It is also a medium shot, which connotes that he is very important! Main title The main headline has been wrote in Bold. This connotes that it is very important to the story itself, and that it will tell the reader straight away what it will be about.

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More Detail! Pun The main title here is ‘Lord of the Strings’, which is clearly a play on words on ‘Lord of the Rings’. This is clever as Lord of the Rings is such a popular cultural reference, many people will want to see what they have to say. Columns The article itself has been written in the style of columns. This is because it gives it a much more professional feel to the article itself., and it makes the layout look much neater and easier to read.

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More Detail Embedded quotations At the top of the image they have placed the quotation, ‘ If Radiohead are ever looking for a deal, I’d sign them anytime’ This connoted that this must be an important part of the interview, as it has been used to draw in an audience.

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Main article 2 Main headline in newspaper style Main Image Main body of text Half image and Half text By – line

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More Detail Main image The main image for this article is large and takes up have the page. This seems to be one of the many ways in which a double page spread can be set out for the audience to read Headline The effect of the headline being set out the way it is that more young people will be able to relate to what is being said. This is because this is something that a majority of people may have tried to do when they were younger. Its different and stands out

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More Detail Columns The article has been set out in in columns which is a typical convention of magazines and newspapers. It means that more of a story will be able to sit on a page and also it means the page looks neater. Red writing Some of the words have been put into red writing. This means that these words will stand out more than the rest of them, such of the effect that bold writing has. It makes the information that is being given stand out more.

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