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CCR1 – How does my product use or challenge conventions and how does it represent social groups or issues?

How does my product use or challenge conventions and how does it represent social groups or issues?

This question is asking you to be a detective. There are two elements to this case:

  1. What are the clues in my magazine?
    • The clues are the conventions
  2. What meaning is suggested, implied or connoted through those clues?
    • The meaning is the representation.

We have done work on the conventions of magazine and you may need to revisit the lessons in the departmental blog blog and the important posts in your own. These will refresh you memory about the key concepts and terminology you need to use in the reflection.

The work we did on identifying conventions (clues) are in these posts:

The work we did on representation (values, attitudes & beliefs) are in these posts:

Task 1:

Identify all the (conventions) clues on your magazine pages by using the template in classroom.

You should complete this briefly and show to your teacher before completing the presentation to make sure you are on the right lines.

Task 2:

Present your ideas using Prezi or EMAZE.

  1. Sign up to a free account
  2. Copy and rename this prezi or EMAZE TEMPLATE.

  1. Replace the images in the presentation with examples from your own magazine (use the snipping tool).
  2. Replace the words in the presentation with…
    • …description of your examples (used or developed) and
    • …analysis the representational meaning the examples communicate.
  3. Make the presentation your own and delete all the instructions etc.

OR…….A SIMPLER AND EASIER WAY IS TO USE…..sign up with google, open create…click on this link and then duplicate.

and you should have your own copy to individualise and make your own.

or you can start from scratch and choose your own template: Sign in with Google: Go to Create: Presentation:Choose a Template:Soho/Gallery/Breaking News/Illustrated and then set up all the slides in advance of copying over your analysis from the classroom template.

Powered by emaze


Some additional resources that may help:

FLIPSNACK.COM and final drafts

You must put all 3 pages as jpegs with pdfs attached on your home page.


Make sure that all of your pages are saved/exported on ONE PDF DOCUMENT i.e. 6 pages in ONE A4 DOCUMENT IN INDESIGN (create a new one and copy all your pages across to this one new document).

6 x A4 pages long

  • 1 page – front cover
  • double page – advert and contents
  • double page – DPS
  • 1 page – back advert

You can do this by using Control A (select all) Control G (group) Control C (copy) and Control V (paste).

Export the entire new document as one PDF.

Embed the version on the home page of your blog along with the 3 SEPARATE JPEGS WITH PDFS ATTACHED OF YOUR FRONT COVER, CONTENTS AND DPS.

FINISHED!  Well done.

Premiere Pro – getting started and trouble shooting

Help Yourself!!!

Here is a help document on Adobe Premiere Pro:

Premiere Pro Help

You should use this document to see if it can help you before you ask for help from a teacher.

You can also use this extremely helpful site – Adobe TV, which has excellent videos on how to use all Adobe applications including Premiere Pro:

Premiere Pro Help

In order to help you edit we have attached various ‘guides’ to editing. They contain the ‘basic’ instructions to creating a new project, importing, editing and exporting. Get in to the habit of referring to these if you get stuck.


  • Create a folder in the D Drive (in your existing folder) – CCR2 Dragons Den
  • To to the P Drive and find the Dragons Den file in Media called DD inserts as well as the DD opening section and copy them over to the D Drive folder.
  • Download all your footage from your pitch to the D Drive folder.
  • Then you can import both your footage and the inserts/noddies to the Premiere Pro project for editing.

CCR2 – Research and planning tasks

How does your product engage with audiences and how would it be distributed as a real media text?

There are a number of concepts that need to be addressed to answer this question fully.

  1. Who is you audience?
  2. How did your product fulfil your audiences needs and expectations?
  3. What is meant by distribution?
  4. Who owns and controls magazine distribution?
  5. How are real media texts distributed in the online age?


You must define and describe your audience in these ways.

  1. Demographics and Psychographics – audience segmentation
  2. You should also use your Yougov findings to explain what other media texts they consume as well as other information.
  3. Refer back to your dating profile to remind yourself.

Uses & Gratification

  1. You should link specific elements of your magazine (contents, bands, representation, language, design (fonts / graphics) to specific uses and gratifications that you think your audience have.
  2. What will entertain and inform the audience?  What will enable them to talk and swap ideas with friends and family?  What ideologies are present in the magazine that will help craft the reader’s personal identity?


  1. Complete this work sheets in classsroom.
  2. Read the the articles and watch the videos you are allocated in classroom to share with the group.
  • Institutional (Distribution) Issues
  • Quality (factual) journalism is expensive and so is traditional print and distribution.
  • However, it’s hard to make money out of online content. Most of it goes to FB & Google, leaving everyone else scrabbling for the scraps.
  • Exclusives remain ‘exclusive’ for about 10 seconds before it’s all over social media.
  • How do you square this circle?


A Dragon’s Den style sales pitch to a distributor for your magazine:

You must address the following questions:

  • Describe your brand values / mission statement?
    • How will your magazine be distinct from or similar to others?
  • Who are your target audience?
    • Use Yougov, image and profile + other details.
  • Why would that audience buy your magazine?
  • Who would you want to work with to distribute your magazine?
    • Which of the big magazine groups would you hope to work with?
    • How does your magazine fit with their existing publications?
  • What sort of advertiser would you hope to attract?
    • Link to your two selected ads & explain.
  • What strategies do you have for distribution? How will you link your print content with online content?
    • How can a print magazine survive in digital world?
    • Some answers & thoughts 
      • Increasingly sensational celebrity gossip stories – Churnalism (cheap and easy)
      • Freebies.
      • Reduce cover price (free) & rely on ad sales.
      • Link to enhanced digital content on website.
      • Employ social media to promote our brand.
        • Audience participation & interaction (Uses and Gratification)
      • Link digital content back to print, whet the audience’s appetite, require the audience to buy print version to get full details.
      • Use a paywall for online content.

CCR3 – How did your production skills develop throughout this project?

How did your production skills develop throughout this project?

You have reflected on your skills , just like Napoleon Dynamite

You have thought about and evidenced your production journey in Cambridge International A Level Media Studies and all of the reflection is in your blog – in Creative Critical Reflections (all the green posts in the league), Print Preliminary Tasks and Music Magazine.

Most of the work for this question has already been done! So…Hooray & Hoorah!

This CCR will require you to reflect on how far you have come this year. In particular it will require you to reflect on the production skills you have acquired and how they have helped you become a more skilled (both technically and creatively) media producer – such as photographer, Photoshop(er), designer and journalist….

Moreover, you have also learnt some valuable production skills that are easily transferable to other parts of your life, education and ultimately career:

  • Time management
  • Directing and Management
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Writing skills
  • Research and Planning


You will write a letter to a future A Level Media Studies student in order to prepare them for what lies ahead. You need to advise them to learn from your experience and perhaps also your mistakes.  Your teacher will assist you in making a comprehensive list of what you might include.


Create a slideshow and create the following slides. Use the template one in classroom but make it your own!

  • An Introduction – Dear Future A Level Media Student etc
  • Technical Skills
  • Creative Skills
  • Transferable Skills
  • A sign off and good luck.


Develop each slide with screen shots, logos, photos and captions that add visually to your letter by illustrating your points. Much of this work has already been done in your blog so you have the examples & screenshots already.  Use your images as opposed to google ones unless.   Save it as a pdf.


Recording your letter.

  • Open a Voicethread account
  • Import your presentation as a pdf.
  • Print out your letter notes/script.
  • Record your letter over the slides so that the commentary coincides with the visuals.
  • Save and embed on your blog.




You will need to use the comment box underneath each slide in order to make notes for your presentation.

Much of the content for this is already on your blog so just copy and paste it in initially and then edit to answer the question – which is the most important lesson learned in each moment of reflection.

Be sure not to make it a list – instead ensure each skill has an example attached to it and how that skill specifically impacted on the product – how it affected star image, or genre, or narrative, or the audience.  I need specific scenes, shots, frames, angles, fonts, colours etc and how that particular production skill impacted on them.  Remember, making the result ‘more professional’ is not enough – what do you mean by that?

Make it chatty, exciting and personal – anecdotes are always good.  Submit to classroom for feedback before recording.





Due to your unexpected absence from school on Thursday due to the boiler problems, please can you all ensure that:

  • The article is completed and submitted to your teacher asap for feedback.
  • The peer to peer feedback for your allocated magazine, is completed if you can i.e. if the Draft 5 is there and then email it to that person.
  • Get someone to read your article out loud and then embed the MP3 and summarise any issues – typos, punctuation issues. See post below.

and if you have done all the above:

  • You choose your two adverts – one music based for your genre and one product based for your target audience and complete that post (see below).

Please be constructive.  Working in your pj’s in your duvet sounds like an idea way to get lots done – don’t waste it by doing nothing.

Then all you will have to do is tweak and finalise on Friday.

Good luck.

Mrs C and Miss Hales



Location – shoot ideas

Here are the location photos from Castle Cornet, Castle Emplacement, Candie Gardens and The Priaulx Library.

Please use this photos in order to understand the nature of the  locations available to you and to consider what sort of story can be best told in this location. Also, given the location you choose, what sort of mood / tone are you going to try to adopt that can be most easily created in these locations?

Priaulx Library Photos

Candie Gardens Photos

Castle Cornet

St Peter Port

A link to some photos Mrs C took of backgrounds (from home) and from Town.

Rough Page Layout – Lick n Stick

Rough Layout

Before you start working on your project in Indesign and Photoshop you need to have a rough idea of your page layouts.

Remember the assessment criteria:

  • Use of Conventional Layout
  • Integration of Images and Graphics

To achieve this you should have thought about how each element of your page will work together to create a coherent whole and to achieve AIDA:

  • Attention
  • Interest
  • Desire
  • Action


Using examples of magazine pages made professionally to plan your layout.

  1. List all the elements on the page that are conventional (typically expected), you should do a list for each page, (help below):
  2. Using cut up postit notes for the different elements of your page design.
  3. Try a number of lick and stick layouts for each page until you have found a basic layout you are happy with.
  4. Take photos and upload them to your blog – use captions to identify the pages.
  5. Introduce and reflect on the purpose of the task and how it will help on your shoot and in DTP (Editing)
  6. Find a magazine layout that you like and take inspiration from it. Use hard copies as well as those found on line.

Front Page Design Elements

Double Page Spread Design Elements


Contents Page Design Elements

Here is a document to help you identity the elements of a contents page.

Masthead design

Now you know what your magazine is going to be called (you should have decided this for your Mission Statement), you need to have some fun designing some mastheads.

  • Use the inspiration from the fonts you have included in your moodboard and design about 5 on one Indesign A4 template – make a note of the fonts, size that you use alongside it.
  • Focus on weight, size, height, boldness etc and add some effects from the FX button.
  • We can import fonts from dafont – but you need to create a DAFONT folder in your D Drive so that the IT technicians can then install them.  Before that though, download them into the P Drive folder that is shared with all of you.
  • However, you can also take them into photoshop and manipulate them in there. However, this won’t be great for copy, captions as it will take too long but should be fine for the masthead.
  • Remember, bold and conventional font for the genre of the music and one that is also eye catching.
  • Choose one final design and include it on its own A4 template in Indesign and position and size it accordingly.




Studio Booking


  • Direct link to the Black and White studios here:
  • This is found in information – Studio Booking on the Menu of this site.
  • If you want the Lecture Theatre then you will have to ask a teacher to book it for you.
  • If you need to change bookings, then make sure you cancel your old booking.


  • You will need a key from a Media Teacher for the two studios.
  • Remember: set up and organise equipment before your model arrives to avoid them hanging around a lot.
  • Check the camera is charged and you have all the necessary batteries, chargers, lights, flashes etc.
  • If possible – use a double session or at least book one that runs in or out of break or lunch or a free lesson to give yourself plenty of time.
  • If you want to book a studio after school then you need to have a teacher with you so talk to them first.