Media Studies Magazine Coursework Definition

Analysing Images »

Jeremy Orlebar | Saturday May 01, 2010

Categories: Key Concepts, Media Language, Magazines, Image Analysis, Other Topics, Moving Images, Skills

Brief Definition

Image analysis is the way in which an audience ‘reads’ the meaning of a media text image.

One of the ways image analysis works is to look for meaning through signs and symbols suggested by the way a scene is set up and filmed.

Signs and symbols in media texts are polysemic which means they are open to many interpretations. The different possible meanings in media texts depend on two things. The first is the way the signs and symbols in the text are...

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Understanding Teenage & Lifestyles Magazines »

Jeremy Orlebar | Thursday September 24, 2009

Categories: Magazines, Teenage & Lifestyle Magazines, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics

Publishers like magazines aimed at the teen market. It is an easy way to reach this young readership, and a way of marketing a huge range of teen products. Look on the shelves in the paper shop and there is a big range of titles, but very few are aimed directly at teenagers.

The available income of this group has risen substantially over the past 5-10 years, and this is the stage when young people form the likes, dislikes, passions and opinions that shape them as they move...

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New Spec A Level Media Studies »

Richard Gent | Friday March 02, 2018

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Magazines, Music Press, Music, Music Distribution, Music Industry, Music Promotion, Music Video, The Press, New Media, Internet, Social Networking, Postmodernism, User Generated Content, New Spec, Theory, Media Theorists, Postmodern Theory, Poststructuralist Theory, Representation Theory, Semiotic Theory, Social Realist Theory, Structuralist Theory, Subcultures

Each term we provide a Core Unit, Exam Unit and NEA Unit based on the Department for Education Media Studies A Level subject content. (February 2016)

The four areas of this theoretical framework, are:

  • Media Language: how the media through their forms, codes and conventions communicate meanings
  • Representation: how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups
  • Media Industries: how the media industries’ processes of production, distribution and circulation...
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New Spec GCSE Media Studies »

Richard Gent | Thursday March 01, 2018

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, OCR GCSE, WJEC GCSE, Collective Identity, Representation of Age, Representation of Sexuality, Representation of Women, Representation of Youth, Key Concepts, Introductory Resources, Intro to Media Representations, Representation & Stereotyping, Magazines, Music, New Media, News, New Spec, Print, Television, Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, Genre Theory , Media Theorists, Queer Theory, Representation Theory

Each term we provide a Core Unit, based on the Department for Education Media Studies GCSE subject content. (February 2016)

The four areas of this theoretical framework, are:

  • Media Language: how the media through their forms, codes and conventions communicate meanings
  • Representation: how the media portray events, issues, individuals and social groups
  • Media Industries: how the media industries’ processes of production, distribution and circulation affect media forms and...
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OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Teaching Guide »

Barry Rainsford | Thursday February 09, 2017

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Magazines, Teenage & Lifestyle Magazines

Guide Navigation

  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Overview Planner
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Teaching Guide
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Slides
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Student Workbook
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Glossary

Purpose

The purpose of this unit is not to tell anyone ‘what you must do’ or ‘this is the way that you must do it’. The work here is based on over twenty years of teaching...

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OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Glossary »

Barry Rainsford | Monday June 06, 2016

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Magazines, Teenage & Lifestyle Magazines

Guide Navigation

  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Overview Planner
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Teaching Guide
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Slides
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Student Workbook
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Glossary

Using this Glossary

This glossary of terms is intended for use with the EDUSITES work pack for the Summer 2017 GCSE Media examination.

Purpose

To support your understanding of key...

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OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Student Workbook »

Barry Rainsford | Monday June 06, 2016

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Magazines, Teenage & Lifestyle Magazines

Guide Navigation

  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Overview Planner
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Teaching Guide
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Slides
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Student Workbook
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Glossary

Introduction

This booklet is to support the preparation for the Section A unit examination for OCR GCSE Media Studies. This workbook will enable you to work through the series of...

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OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Overview Planner »

Barry Rainsford | Monday June 06, 2016

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Magazines, Teenage & Lifestyle Magazines

Guide Navigation

  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Overview Planner
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Teaching Guide
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Slides
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Student Workbook
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Glossary

Associated Resources

  • OCR Lifestyle Overview Planner 2017.pdf

Introduction for Teachers

Lifestyle magazine publishing is a staple of media output. A genre evolved from a long...

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OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Slides »

Barry Rainsford | Monday June 06, 2016

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Magazines, Teenage & Lifestyle Magazines

Guide Navigation

  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Overview Planner
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Teaching Guide
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Slides
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Student Workbook
  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Glossary

OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines Slides

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  • OCR GCSE Media Studies Lifestyle Magazines



AQA AS MEST1 Cross Media Study - Film Fiction »

Rob Miller | Thursday September 10, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA AS, Film, Film Industry, Film Magazines, Magazines, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, New Technologies, News, Newspapers

Section B Cross Media Study Film Fiction

This is a resource for students and teachers who have chosen Film Fiction as their Cross Media Study topic. For advice on the structure and format of Section B Cross Media Study please access our guide at Teaching AQA AS Media Studies MEST1 Guide. The exemplar response AQA AS Media Studies MEST1 Section B Cross Media Study Synergy Exemplar relates specifically to the Film Fiction Cross Media Study.

We will be analysing and...

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AQA Media Studies MEST3 Critical Perspectives Sec A BGT Exemplar »

Rob Miller | Thursday August 27, 2015

Categories: A Level, AQA A Level, AQA A2, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Gossip Magazines, New Media, Synergy, Television, Reality TV, Television Industry, Admin, Staffroom, Exemplar Materials

Section A Unseen (32/32)

You must read the information provided for Section A in great detail. You will be given approximately 15 minutes to study and make notes on the two texts. These notes will not be marked during the assessment process. You must spend 45 minutes answering the three compulsory questions in detail.

Clips

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9aXhfT1pfs
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdZL_UyBpWU

The first clip is from Britain’s Got Talent, first broadcast...

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AQA GCSE Media Studies Unit 3 Exploring Media Industries Student Resource »

Rob Miller | Monday August 17, 2015

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Film, Film Industry, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Audience, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Ownership, Media Language, Regulation, Magazines, New Media, Integration, New Technologies, Synergy

This resource is intended to be used in conjunction with the Unit 3 Mock Exam and Insert on the Edusites subject Overview page. Click on AQA GCSE MS Unit 3 Mock Exam (and Attachments for the Exam Insert).

Who is this?

I am thinking you may recognise this company?

I am certain you will be familiar with this 2015 film

The connection is that Jurassic World (2015) is produced and distributed by Universal Studios (they own the rights to the film and pay for all the...

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NCFE Level 1 Unit 1: Explore Interactive Media Products and Processes »

Rob Miller | Sunday August 02, 2015

Categories: Certificates, NCFE Certificates, NCFE Level 1, Key Concepts, Audience Consumption & Platforms, Digital Graphics, Institutions, Copyright, Hot Entries, Magazines, Magazine Design, Online Magazines, New Media, Digital Media, Skills, Graphic Design, Software, InDesign, Photoshop

Associated Resources

  • Magazine Cover Layout Plan.pdf
  • Music Magazine Flat Plan.pdf

Introduction

Welcome to the NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Interactive Media - to achieve this unit you will be developing a portfolio of work that includes 3 products, in response to a set Brief. The three pieces of work are:

  1. An Annotated (labelled) Research File - collecting evidence against a checklist - see below.
  2. Using PowerPoint or Prezi to make a short presentation, explaining the software...
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BTEC Level 2 Unit 5: Digital Publishing Production »

Rob Miller | Sunday July 26, 2015

Categories: Nationals, BTEC Nationals, BTEC Nationals Level 2, Level 2 Creative Media Production, Advertising, Key Concepts, Digital Graphics, Hot Entries, Magazines, Magazine Design, Online Magazines, New Media, Digital Media, Skills, Graphic Design, Software, InDesign, Photoshop, Web Design

Associated Resources

  • Magazine Double Page Spread Flat Plan.pdf

Introduction

Digital publishing in its simplest form means you can read anything, pretty much anywhere. This unit teaches you the skills of creating work for digital publishing and ensures at the end of it you develop your own digital media product!

The learning outcomes (below) will be simplified into assignments that you will undertake as part of a live brief that represents typically what you would be...

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WJEC Level 1/2 Creative & Media Unit 3o: Skills Development in Print Media Production »

Rob Miller | Saturday July 25, 2015

Categories: Certificates, WJEC Certificates, Key Concepts, Digital Graphics, Audience, Hot Entries, Magazines, Magazine Design, Posters, Poster Design, Print, Print Advertising, Print Media Production, Production Zone, Print Production, Skills, Graphic Design, Mood Board, Software, InDesign, Photoshop

Associated Resources

  • Magazine Double Page Spread Flat Plan.pdf

Introduction

This is a practical, portfolio based unit where you produce work based on tasks that is graded:

Print Media Production links to the Graphic Design industry sector - some Graphic Designers have an Art background, some do not but visual and creative skills are important.

You may be the type of Graphic Designer who drafts everything on a computer, which means good IT skills...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Music Magazine Essay Plan: Genre »

Richard Gent | Wednesday March 25, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Genre, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music, The Press, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Genre in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing the front page, contents page and double page spread of my music magazine which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied genre and hybridisation in existing music magazines such as XXL, The Source, Kerrang!, Q, NME, Rock Sound and online magazines such as We Love Pop and Drowned in Sound. This enabled us to fully understand how genre can be applied to our own...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Section A 1b Music Magazine Essay Plan: Representation »

Rob Miller | Wednesday March 25, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Representation & Stereotyping, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Representation in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing the front page, contents page and double page spread of my music magazine which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied representation in existing music magazines such as XXL, The Source, Kerrang!, Q, NME, Rock Sound and online magazines such as We Love Pop and Drowned in Sound. This enabled us to fully understand how representation can be applied to our own...

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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Music Magazine Essay Plan: Narrative »

Rob Miller | Wednesday March 25, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Narrative, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Narrative in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing the front page, contents page and double page spread of my music magazine which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied narrative in existing music magazines such as XXL, The Source, Kerrang!, Q, NME, Rock Sound and online magazines such as We Love Pop and Drowned in Sound. This enabled us to fully understand how narrative can be applied to our own productions”.

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An Introduction to the Magazine Industry Workshop »

Rob Miller | Thursday January 08, 2015

Categories: Magazines, Intro to Magazines

Our full or half day, interactive, visually stimulating workshops introduce pupils/students to the magazine industry – both in terms of declining circulation and digital media but also the study of embedded genres, from Men’s and Women’s Lifestyle magazines to Fashion, Technology, Gossip, Listings and hybrid magazines like The Big Issue.

Sessions will explore production, publication and ownership, distribution and marketing, exchange and audience consumption,...

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WJEC GCSE Unit 2 CA: Creating for the Media: Investigating and Producing »

Rob Miller | Tuesday September 16, 2014

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Music Press Production, Music, Music Promotion, The Press, Production Zone, Print Production

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This is an additional Unit 2 brief - full details can be found on MediaEdu’s WJEC GCSE Media Studies controlled assessment admin and process resource.

Students need to produce three pieces of work from at least three media. ‘Media’ is interpreted as film, television, animated film, radio, magazines, music videos, websites, computer games, newspapers and advertising – not platforms.

  • Two Textual Investigations on two media (one must be print...
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AQA GCSE Media Studies Unit 3 Exploring Media Industries: Conglomerates »

Rob Miller | Friday January 24, 2014

Categories: GCSE, AQA GCSE, Advertising, Marketing, More on Advertising, Viral Advertising, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Intro to Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Ownership, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, More on Magazines, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Integration, New Technologies, Synergy

Print Magazines Conglomerate Case Study: Bauer Media Group

Bauer are a multinational media corporation whose business interests are global – H. Bauer Publishing, part of the oligopoly of magazine publishers are the magazine publishing division whose other media interests include Bauer Radio and Box Television (50% owned by C4).

The company was founded in 1875 and was owned then, and still are today exclusively by the Bauer family who are based in Hamburg, Germany. H. Bauer...

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OCR GCSE Media Studies B324 Production Portfolio: Print Brief »

Rob Miller | Thursday November 21, 2013

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Advertising, Marketing, More on Advertising, Hot Entries, Magazines, Production Zone, Audio Production, Digital Photography, New Media Production, Print Production, Video Production, Web Production

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Controlled Assessment (30% of GCSE): Print Brief (Print Advertising)

B324 is the more creative, production based Controlled Assessment as part of the OCR GCSE Media Studies course – if taught over two years it is recommended that the pupils start B324 in year 11 allowing for 10 weeks minimum (dependent on weekly contact time) to complete the project which comprises 30% of the qualification (see example Year 2 Mini SOW below). OCR recommends 25-30...

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Magazines Quiz »

Rob Miller | Tuesday February 19, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Hot Entries, Magazines, Gossip Magazines, Listings Magazines, Masculinity in Men's Magazines, Online Magazines, Teenage & Lifestyle Magazines, Quizzes, Media Studies Quizzes

  1. Open Magazines Quiz
  2. Click on the back button to return to MediaEdu when you’ve finished using the quiz.



Radio Times Magazine Case Study »

Rob Miller | Wednesday January 30, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries, Magazines, Image Analysis, Intro to Magazines, Listings Magazines, More on Magazines, New Media, Convergence, Digital Media, Internet, Synergy

Institutional Factors and Marketing

Radio Times is a weekly Listings Magazine in terms of genre that has been published by the BBC from 1923 until 2011. It is now published by the Immediate Media Company after the merger of BBC Magazines (BBC Magazines used to be owned by the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide) while the Immediate Media Company is established as a combined publishing house.

Radio Times is still a branded BBC publication however and its key focus is BBC...

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The Big Issue Magazine Case Study »

Rob Miller | Tuesday January 22, 2013

Categories: GCSE, WJEC GCSE, WJEC GCSE Media Studies, Key Concepts, Audience, Genre, Ideology, Institutions, Media Language, Narrative, Representation & Stereotyping, Hot Entries

Magazines can be general interest for mainstream audiences or specialist interest for niche audiences. Magazines for mainstream audiences include:

  • Grazia
  • Four Four Two
  • Q Magazine

Magazines produced for niche audiences include:

  • Homes and Antiques
  • Horse and Hound
  • Classic Land Rover Magazine

Magazines are produced in a wide range of subgenres with a specific focus on particular subjects such as health, food, cinema, video games or music.

Publishers

Magazine publishers are often part of huge international media organisations which also produce newspapers, as well as radio and television content.

There are some exceptions, such as The Big Issue or Private Eye, which are published independently.

Major magazine publishers include:

PublisherDescription
Time Inc UKFormerly owned by Time Warner, it produces titles such as Now Magazine, Marie Claire and NME.
BauerA German company, who produce magazines such as Empire, Closer and Take a Break.
Condé NastThey produce magazines such as Vogue, Glamour and GQ.
The National Magazine CompanyOwned by Hearst, they produce magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Esquire and Men's Health.
BBC MagazinesBBC magazines are spin-offs from successful BBC shows, including Sherlock, Gardener's World and Top Gear.

These publishers produce many more magazines than those listed above, as well as multiple editions of the same title: Cosmopolitan, for example, has 59 editions worldwide in multiple languages.

This allows a publisher to focus its content on target audiences in any specific region of the world.

Magazines are often associated with 'me time', and are purchased with disposable income.

They are expensive to produce, however the cover price is subsidised by advertisers who use magazines to promote products. Advertising is crucial to the magazine industry, without it, many titles would fold.

The magazine's readership demographic determines the type of advertiser who will use it to promote products.

A magazine like Vogue, which targets female readers, would not be the place for promoting products for men.

A better magazine for this advertiser would be GQ or Esquire; these are magazines which are targeted at a male audience interested in men's fashion and lifestyle.

Successful magazines with large readerships can charge advertisers a lot of money for promotional space.

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