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Olivia Conchie x

Audience Feedback
I Created a questionnaire so that I could decide whether or not my project had been successful in the eyes of my initial target audience, here is the questionnaire that I have created;

1) What does the title suggest to you? 2) What genre/type of music does the magazine focus on and how do you know this? Pop/Indie/Dance. 3) What makes the pages look professional and what stops them from looking professional? 4) How genuine would you say the front cover is on a scale of 1-10? 5) Does the contents page simply inform or does it also manage to interest you in reading the rest of the magazine? 6) Does the article sound like a piece of journalism? If not what bits don·t sound right? 7) Does the article layout make you want to read it? If not why not?

I gave the questionnaire to 8different people of my initial target audience to see what they thought.

What does the title suggest to you? ANSWERS 1. Not sure. 2. That it is a fashion or music magazine. 3. Don·t really know, it sort of relates to music. 4. That it is a music magazine. 5. Music Magazine. 6. Don·t know. 7. That is a magazine related to music maybe. 8. Feels current and up to date.

From my results it shoes for the title that it doesn·t exactly relate to the type of genre I have chosen, however some people noticed that it would relate to music, if I was to do this again then I would make sure that I chose a name that would be easier related to music and fashion.

2) What genre/type of music does the magazine focus on and how do you know this? Pop/Indie/Dance.

Here are the results in a pie chart of the type of genre that people believed my magazine focused on just by looking at it.



The results that I have received are positive, over 60% of the people that I questioned thought that my magazine genre was pop, which it is. This is good because it shows that the way I have created it immediately shows the genre of the magazine by its representation. This is essential of a real life magazine so therefore it has worked well.

3) What makes the pages look professional and what stops them from looking professional?
1. The photos and the layout make it look really professional. 2. The layout of it. 3. All of it makes it look professional I think. 4. I think a change of colours would make it look a bit more professional but I like everything else. 5. The photos make it look professional but I think a couple of the fonts show that it isnt. 6. The way its set out makes it look professional. 7. Mainly the photos. 8. I like it all. The answers from my audience feedback show that people did like my product but didn·t think maybe that some of the photographs or fonts worked that well, although I am pleased with the feedback that my photos look professional because they are one of the key things that I tried the most to focus on to make them look good and make them professional. If I was to change it maybe then I would probably change some of the colours and the fonts but this would require more time than I had.

4) How genuine would you say the front cover is on a scale of 1-10?

1. 8 2. 7 3. 9 4. 8 5. 9 6. 8 7. 7 8. 8
My results are positive as everybody said over 7 which is high, this shows that people thought that my front cover was genuine and looked professional which was the aim I was trying to achieve, therefore I am pleased with the outcome of the results.

5) Does the contents page simply inform or does it also manage to interest you in reading the rest of the magazine?

Infrom and Interest Inform

My results show that my contents page was appealing to my audience as 90% of people said that my magazine contents page was informative and also interesting. Therefore it shows that I have created a magazine that would work if it was being retailed as people would want to read it as they would find interest in it.

6) Does the article sound like a piece of journalism? Yes? If not Why!

Does it sound like journalism

Yes No

I am very pleased with the feedback I have received from this question because all 8 of the people that read my questionnaire had said that they thought that my article sounded realistic. This is great as it proves that I would have the potential for it to be a real life magazine and that I would have the power to retail it.

7) Does the article layout make you want to read it? If not why not?

Yes No

From this question my results again have come out really positive, with magazines it is key to ensure that your interview/article doesn·t look boring and catches the readers eye. Here are some of the comments that came with the answers; ¶ It isn·t boring as it has quotes and pictures as well as big bits of text· ¶Its broken up and just not a big lump of text· ¶The colours and photos and text grabs make it interesting to look at making you want to read·.

Audience Feedback Overall
Overall I am really pleased with my audience feedback, I believe that I have had some really positive outcomes especially from specific questions. All the things I were aiming to achieve have come through and shown that I have do it, I have been given a few negative comments but that it normal and is also good in a way as it would show me that do differently next time if I was to do it again and they would be helper points for me in the future.

For my media coursework I have created a music and fashion magazine, i decided to incorporate fashion as I thought it would make it a bit different and give it something more. I focused on various real well known artists as some kind of ¶stimulus·, these were Elisa Doolittle, Katy Perry, Paloma Faith. I created a front cover for the magazine, a contents page and a double page spread. I worked alone throughout this project and believe what I have created has been successful in relation to how I planned it to be.

In what way does your media product use, develop or challenge forms and conventions of real media products?
My genre of magazine is music fashion, it focuses mainly on music but with different elements of fashion. It is created for females but could also be for males who had interest in music fashion. It was vital that I created it to be as realistic as possible for this reason I did much research into different existing magazines to help me create my own. Incorporating fashion into my genre was successful and worked well, it gave the magazine a larger potential audience which in theory would be better for money making. I believe my ideas worked effectively, this is represented through my audience feedback.

My front page immediately addresses the fact that the magazine also focuses on fashion, this is made noticeable through the style of clothing used in the model. As well as this some of the captions on the front cover focus on fashion and draw the reader in and make them want to look inside and read more, it is vital that the magazine front cover is interesting to catch the buyers eye as soon as they see it. I also tried to make my double page spread interesting by using one of the most interesting quotes from the interview again to catch the readers and make them think ¶ I want to go on and read more, the quote I used was, ¶music is my life, it always has been· this would make the reader want to find out more about the artists history and also find out more about them. The colours and pictures used also need to be interesting and eye catching therefor I have used large fun pictures and bright eye catching colours such as pinks, greens, blues.

How and why my magazine is like a real life music magazine.
Large bold writing to get the readers attention and make them drawn to the magazine Bright coloured lipstick and patterned clothing to make the key artist look good and make people want to read about her. Large coloured writing for the main article of the magazine.

Colorful and fashionable clothing to highlight the elements of fashion magazines.

Bold writing to talk about other elements of the magazine and also make them interesting,

If you look at this magazine in relation to mine you can see that the quality is better although you can also see that I have addressed the key elements that a magazine needs, bold writing, bright colors, large writing to make the key articles stand out and also the main artists looking at their best.

My Contents Page.
Cover story at the top as it is what the magazine is focusing on for this issue. Large photo of the main artist to once again draw attention to her.

Use of different writing and font sizes to make it not bland or plain.

¶· Beka reveals all·· makes the reader want to read into the magazine and find out what it is that she is going to reveal.

Photos of other artists in the magazine to add more interest for the reader.

My Feature article.
Interesting font, girly, makes the magazine focus on her style and also draws attention to the article making you want to read it. Introduction to the text and a bit more for the reader to get drawn into, different colors separate it for the reader and add more interest. Several more pictures of her to make it more interesting and show different styles of her for the reader. Text grabs, make it more interesting and break it up from just being plain and continuous, also highlights the key best parts of the interview for interest purposes.

Beka in a really bright and eye catching outfit to make it interesting for the reader and for other potential readers that may be looking at it for the first time.

I have used columns for the text to make it professional looking and make it easy for the reader to follow when reading the article, although I have included text grabs within them to make it interesting so that it does not get boring for the reader.

How does your media product represent particular social groups?
For my music magazine I have represent music stars and celebrities and teens. I have tried to create an artist similar image wise to Elisa Doolittle and Katy Perry as they are both successful artists. To do this I had to think a lot about the image. I researched into both of my chosen artists styles and looked at different images of them to try and make my artist slightly similar. It was essential to ensure that my artist looked the best on the front cover image to make the eye catching and make people want to buy it. I also had to buy various magazines and read different celebrity interviews to make my narrative interesting, it was key to make sure that my text was interesting so the reader would possibly buy the magazine to read it. Much research was needed to ensure that it represented that group of people well, here are some of the images I chose that I wanted mine to be similar to. I have focused on young contemporary teens to help me focus on my style by thinking of somebody they would particularly want to look unto as a ¶role model· and somebody who they could follow trends off.
Striking post to make the artist look good.

Bright colours to make the artist eye catching. Striking red lips to make the make-up look good and eye catching.


What kind of media institution might distribute your media product and why.

When creating my music magazine I got some inspiration of the summer magazine issue from VIBE. This is where I chose my music magazine from because it was already professional and looked really good. Vibe is an American magazine that focus· on Music Pop/Hip Hop and also elements of fashion and the latest celebrity gossip. This it·s the type of genre that I was focusing on for my article also so I believe the distributers of this magazine may be likely to distribute my media product. InterMedia is the name of the publishers, they are based in America although I believe that my product may be able to reach a high potential with a lot of work and they also consider some UK magzines. Although they mainly focus on Hip Hop music my artist and magazine have many different elements of music and therefore gives a wide range of audience possibilities.

Who would be the audience for your media product?

For my target audience I have chosen females aged 1625, the reason for this is because I think has potential it is a large range. I have created my target audience by using GRASS, this helps me to define my audience properly. Gender- female Race- white Age- 16-25 Social economic status ² Working class. The reason I have chosen this particular target audience is that I think that this age range of people would be most interested in music fashion and females especially, also I think that younger people are more likely to purchase them as they find most interest in these types of things.

How did you attract and address your audience.
When creating something that will be available for purchase it is essential that all elements are covered to make the product its best.
To try and make my magazine the best it could be and as realistic as possible it was essential for me that I was addressing all the main elements of a real life magazine, therefore I had to ensure that I was using bright colors, a variation of colors is needed to set the mood and also highlight the type of artist that the magazine focuses on. I also had to ensure that I was using bold writing, italics and different fonts, it Was essential to do this so that the front cover drew attention to potential buyers and made it eye catching and stand out so that people would want to buy it. The fashion element was also very important as I had to ensure that I was making my artist look at her best for my cover so that people would look at it and immediately want to read about her.

What have you learnt about the technologies from the process of constructing your product?

Whilst creating my project I have had to use many different technologies. One of the main things I have had to use is a APPLE MAC computer, this was new to me as I had not done this before and I found it quite a challenge, I had to use two different programmes ² Photoshop and InDesign, I found these quite difficult to use therefore it required a lot of work. I used Photoshop to edit all my photos for my magazine, then I used InDesign to create it. I also used blogger to update how my project was going, this helped me to keep track of what I was doing and what I still had left to do. I also had to train to use the lighting equipment for when I was taking my photos of my artist, I also had to be trained how the use the camera properly to. I had to use safari internet on the apple macs i also learnt to use this was the place where I created a blog updating my work how it was going and all of my research. Aswell as this I had to use to find the different fonts for my magazine. In addition to this I learnt to use the full lighting sets and equipment in depth as I did long photo-shoots consisting of over 100 photos each time that I did them.

What I have learnt..

I have learnt many different things and many different techniques from constructing my project. I have learned how to successfully edit photos to a professional quality, I have also learnt to create magazine front covers to a professional quality. I have learnt how to use the studio to take pictures and how to use the lighting system. Over all I have learnt quite a lot from doing my project.

Looking back at your preliminary task, what do you feel you have learnt in the progression from it to the full product?

When looking back onto my preliminary tasks it is very apparent that I have made many changes and progressed in many different ways. My preliminary task was very plain and not eye catching or realistic whatsoever, I didn·t have much experience at the beginning therefore my prelim was not very good and it showed my lack of experience with the equipment.


Finished Project

Pre-liminary task and Finished Product
In comparison my pre-liminary task are very different. For my pre-lim I didn·t have much time, therefore it is nowhere near as detailed nor has it got as much effort put into it. My Pre-lim is very plain and there is nothing that really catches your eye and makes you want to read it, where as my finished product uses bright colours, interesting fonts and different styles of fonts. The photo on my pre-lim was just taken quickly and has not been edited what so ever, where as the one on my finished project was chosen out of one of 100 that I had taken, in addition it has been cropped and put onto a background that I created myself. As well as this I didn·t do any research for my pre-lim task I just created it at the spare of the moment, for my final project I did research into other magazines taking ideas and using them to inspire me for my own magazine. I also think that my finished project looks a lot more realistic that my pre-lim, I definitely think that people would be more likely to buy my finished project than my pre-lim. On a whole I think that my finished project is a lot better as I had a lot more time to do it and aswell as this it is more appealing for an audience.

Overall I believe that I have done well with my project and that it works well, my audience feedback also reflects this. I think that my key strengths were research and the design of the product, I think that the use of my research helped me to create a good design. I think that my weaknesses were using Photoshop, I slightly struggled using it throughout the project even up to the end, I also think that another of my weaknesses was meeting deadlines. Despite some of my weaknesses I think that my finished project has worked well and been successful on a whole.