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1. In what ways does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products? The use of bright colors throughout my product has been used in order to try and attract a younger audience. The use of simple text has also been a factor in my product; this in co-ordination with a fun text has also been used in order to attract a younger audience. Pictures have been used to engage the reader in the article; this will mean it is less boring as it is not just text. I have tried to use as much of the space as I possible could have in all part of my product, however I have made sure that none of my pictures or text cramped together. I wanted to make sure that there was nowhere on my product that was left blank and unfilled. By making all the title bold the reader can easily distinguish which part of the magazine they are looking at, also the quotes which are next to information make it easy for the reader to see what they can expect from the corresponding article. Other articles Other magazines seem to use a similar way of producing a product. A lot of the products that I have seen have been given brightly coloured pages so that they can appeal to a wider audience and so that they can easily be picked off of a shelf. Another device that most magazines have followed is the use of simple text and a very simple font, this is so that it is easy for a reader to read. I have taken this my own way by making my text quite fun so that it is not such a drag having to read it. Many of the magazines I have seen have cramped a lot of text and pictures on a page, however I have decided that I wanted to have quite an open page but with a quite compact feeling to it as well. This is so that I don’t try and cram too much information down the readers throat at once. I have also mirrored the way in which many of the magazines have bold wording for important parts (e.g. quotes) and titles.
2. How does your media product represent particular social groups? <ul><li>My product has been created to cover a wide group of audience. I have used bright colors so that it will interest teenagers, the use of a simple text, language structure and a attractive, fun font will also help this as it doesn't make it to daunting to have to read. I have also covered a quite older group of audience (between 30-40) by having quite a well know old celebrity that a older audience can feel comfortable with. I have used quite an indie themed cover so that I can attract a certain type of audience. It also gives the social group a chance to win competitions which is important as it attracts the audience by giving them opportunities to win things. </li></ul><ul><li>Other products </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of the other products that I have viewed have taken on a very similar structure. Most of the music magazines I have viewed have been specifically confined to a teenage audience as they are the more likely to be attracted to magazines. They do this through the use of bright colour to attract people, attractive and fun fonts, bold fonts so that each article is easy to define between. However the magazines I have seen have tried to compact a a lot of information into there products as they are trying to give the reader a lot to do and see. These magazines, like mine, offer readers promotional things to attract them e.g. free concert tickets. I however felt that by doing this the product often seems like it has had too much information being thrown down the readers throat and therefore it is very cramped. </li></ul>