Designing my star

Remember for this post on costuming and dressing a model for your allocated genre of music performer you should include the following 4 elements in this particular post:


Explain how you were allocated a genre to research and what you found – refer to the moodboard findings.

Embed the moodboard with images of ideas for how a performer from your allocated genre could be represented in terms of costume, facial expressions, hair, make-up, body language, gestures, props etc. Use adjectives AND describe and pick out some of the most important MES conventions for the genre.

Add in some relevant adjectives as to how that genre is generally represented – edgy, anarchic, produced, synthetic, friendly etc. Use terms Mise En Scene, Genre and Star Image (how are they represented/presented to the audience). If you can get the term ‘CONVENTIONS’ in too that would be great – those expectations, commonalities of the genre.


You then used all the research and findings to dress, encode your model as a star from that genre. Include a draft photo with the ‘post-its’ from the class in your test outfit with the comments and adjectives that the class suggested as to how your character was represented.  Reflect on how you, as a producer, used all the conventions from the genre to encode your model with the appropriate MES and the audience decoded them correctly (or not).  Did they read the star image correctly? What were their responses? List and reflect.


Final and chosen photo of your artist in costume with a commentary on how they are represented/portrayed with plenty of relevant adjectives.

Reflect on how and why that image seems to work better than the other ones from the shoot.

Overall, reflect on the importance of using MES to convey meaning – tell a story – an image and an idea and HOW WILL THIS NOW IMPACT ON YOUR OWN PLANNING/RESEARCH FOR YOUR MAGAZINE PRODUCTION?

Tour Poster analysis

Remember, what is it ‘saying’?  The denotations (things) all have connotations (meanings).  Use terms like these in your introduction to the post along with decoding, deconstructing, signs, symbols etc to show that you are getting to grips with how to analyse a media text.  You can use synonyms for represent too – portray, suggests, infers, implies, indicates etc.

Use Call Outs on your slide to evidence the comments…

Use this link to open the slideshow, take a copy, delete all the images you’re not going to use and then complete your analysis.

Here is an example from last year:

Take a Copy of This.  Delete the ones you don’t want to analyse and then work on your chosen poster.


Blog Posts up to 13/9/19

Make sure you have the following blog posts done and dusted by Monday 16th September so that we can march on.

Make sure you reflect, review and also put the learning in context – where and how might it be helpful?  How might it relate to you as a media producer of a Music Magazine?

Also, remember to categorise the posts so that they appear in the right category. Check the blog league and ensure you turn the posts white if you want them to be marked.

The Brief Copied and pasted from the departmental blog on the home page HOME PAGE
So… Hello Media Studies What are you hoping to learn? What skills do you already have? What skills do you think media studies could help you with in other walks of your life i.e. transferrable skills like communication, time management etc. CCR1
The Media Ecology. Map of concepts and mediascape. Photo (jpeg) of your Ecology component and one of your lego land. Reflection on Media Ecology as a whole and then how your Magazine fits into this system and what you will need to be mindful of when producing it. CCR1
So…I’m a media prosumer A collage of the Media that defines you. Comment on how far it fits Blumler & Katz Uses & Gratification theory. And how will this impact on your own magazine production ideas? CCR1

Tips for a Tip top blog

This is your chance to ‘nail’ 50% of your A Level grade. Don’t waste the chance to optimise a top grade by using your independent study time to ensure your blog is bootiful, up to date and reflective.

Here are some tips for a TIP TOP BLOG.

  1. Must be mobile friendly.
  2. Must be a ‘scrolling’ format.
  3. Posts should show in their entirety to avoid the examiner having to click open.
  4. Typeface should be easily read.
  5. Appearance should be ‘media’ focused i.e. not fishing, babies, animals etc.
  6. All evidence should be attached as PDFs, JPEGS or embedded and access checked for examiner.
  7. Never just embed a link – looks messy.
  8. All evidence should be available to be seen by the examiner so don’t include google docs unless a pdf.
  9. Make sure you keep the posts in order with the blog league – the journey makes chronological sense then.
  10. Do not be tempted to COPY anyone else’s blogs.  If you have worked on evidence, documents, presentations as a group then you can upload them. NEVER just copy other people’s reflections.
  11. Reflect – analyse. How does the post now help you with your own production decisions, ideas and progress?  Look back and look forward to how and where you are going.
  12. Get someone to proof your work – as a media student you should be keen to communicate and communication is about correct spelling, grammar and punctuation:
  13. Common mistakes:
    • ‘I’ not i
    • capital letters for names, places, titles
    • do not use slang such as geezer.
    • avoid words that say your work looks more professional, is nice, is more interesting; WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Be precise.
    • spellings of media words such as connotation, equilibrium etc
  14. Don’t write essays. Always present your reflections and analysis with bullet points, paragraphs and sub-headings to make it easy on the eye.
  15. Remember – A BLOG POST A DAY IS THE WAY TO AN ‘A’.



Read this document on how to create your Creative Critical Reflections for your blog posts.

Your first reflection is on your Media Collage.

Always look back and consider what you have learnt and how this knowledge and understanding could impact on your own magazine  production.

For example, understanding why and how people engage with media will impact on your own decision making process for your magazine. In other words, you will need to make your magazine entertaining, informing, full of opportunities to react with people and also will reinforce their personal identity.  If you only hit a couple of these Uses and Gratification, then you will be limiting your commercial return.  It needs to be ‘all singing and all ringing’.

You should also include TERMS and THEORY if you can so refer to Blumler and Katz and how their ideas will impact on your magazine design.


The Media Ecology

Lesson 1

You whot?

Wiki says: ‘the study of media, technology, and communication and how they affect human environments.’


Some symbiotic relationships within an ecosystem:

Cleaner Bird & Crocodile

Meanwhile, the crocodile is also benefitting from this arrangement. Food stuck in the mouth of the crocodile can cause infection, and the plover bird’s picking cleans the crocodile’s teeth. Therefore, when a crocodile needs its mouth cleaned, it will open it and wait for the plover bird’s help

Clown fish & sea anemone

The clownfish and the sea anemone help each other survive in the ocean. The clownfish, while being provided with food, cleans away fish and algae leftovers from the anemone. In addition, the sea anemones are given better water circulation because the clownfish fan their fins while swimming about




GLOBAL Oceanic Currents + Tides

TASK 1: Create your own system – interdependency, symbiosis

Lego Lands:  in a group, using lego, create a ‘world’, ‘place’, ‘business’, ‘community’, ‘machine’ or a ‘system’ where the components are all linked and rely on each other – are interdependent.  Could be a shop, park, house, business, airline, forest, pond etc.

Talk the class through your ‘ecosystem’ once you have completed it.

A Media Ecology or Ecosystem?


In pairs your teacher will allocate one component from the Media Ecology listed in the slideshow.

Consider the significance of your component and thing of three arguments as to how it might work with or effect other components within the system.  You will have to do some research.


‘Our component of the Media Ecology is most important/significant because…’

Lesson 2

Create a info-graphic or diagram which includes all the components in the Media Ecology and show at least one IMPACT, BENEFIT OR RELATIONSHIP that each component has with (at least) one other…


Read this article about how behaviours of the younger audience are having a dramatic effect on the Media Ecology


Setting Up Your Blog

A big part of the Media Studies course is your blog. It’s the place where you record your learning in Media Studies and is worth 20% of your overall A level grade!

  • It is expected that you post to your blog when instructed by your teacher.
  • You should blog about work you’ve done as part of your independent study.
  • You should be spending approx 2 hours each week maintaining and updating your blog.
  • We run a drop in during lunch every Wednesday to help you with your blog.

Starting your blog.

Right click here and ‘Open in new tab’.

1) Click on ‘Get a Blog’

  • Your username should be your name all lower case, no spaces e.g. ‘edgregson’
  • You must use your school e.mail account, e.g. ’’
  • Get it to ‘Give you a Site’

2) Then you will be asked to give your site a name.

  • Your sites’s name should be formal e.g. Ed Gregson – Media Blog
  • Select ‘Search Engine Blocked’
  • Prove you’re not a robot.

3) You will then have to check your school e.mail

You should get an e.mail which looks like this.
  • You should follow the activation link.

The link should take you to a web page, which looks like this.

4) Login

You should now receive a second e.mail with your username and password, which you should use to log in to your blog, using the link in the email:
  • Login (using the username & password provided).
  • Change your password in the dashboard – users>your profile
  • Update your profile

5) Join the Class Blog

  • Click on the ‘My Class’ button in the top left corner, just below the Edublogs logo.
  • Click search for a class and search ‘mediastudies1921’
  • Send a request to join
    • Once your teacher has confirmed your membership a link to your blog will appear in the margin of the Media Studies, which your teachers and the examiner will use to access your blog.

Choose theme that scrolls down and doesn’t require the reader to open and close posts.

6) Setting up your blog home page and menu items.

Please use this document to format your blog.

Blogging Help

Before asking a teacher for help with any aspect of your blog that you are stuck on please use the Edublogs ‘Help and Support’ page. Its accessible through the Edublogs logo in the top left hand corner of the screen.

My Media Consumption/Prosumption Collage

Get into the habit of reading up about your next  Media Lesson. It will be interesting to see how many of you actually logged in to our website this weekend, as requested, to have a look at it.  If you are reading this, then well done. This is a really good sign.

In Lesson 1 you will be creating a collage with a minimum of 15 – 20 pictures that illustrate what you read, watch and listen to.  In other words what media do you consume? When you watch, listen and read, you are called a CONSUMER.

Also, what media do you contribute to?  What apps, blogs, social media do you add texts, status and click and likes to?  When you interact and contribute to the media, you are called a PROSUMER.

Here is the exemplar we showed you in class: Click on the thumbnail to get a bigger version.


Here’s a snazzy new and improved for 2019 example – WITH some ideas about Blumler & Katz – bonus.

Then in Lesson 2 you will use the Uses and Gratification terms from Blumler and Katz, indicate which of these media you use for ENTERTAINMENTPERSONAL IDENTITY, SOCIAL INTERACTION or  EDUCATION AND INFORMATION.  Just add in a E, PI, SI, I – remember some of them you engage with for multiple reasons.

This is an example of Mrs C’s media consumption, prosumption – and what she gets out of it.

You only need about 6 of these to show that you understand how media is used for various reasons.

You should complete the collage using a google slide and then save it as a pdf – it will be your first blog post!


Remember always to introduce the post but do not be tempted to start ‘in this task we did….’. Try and weave in some personal observations, reflections and most of all some terms to show you ‘get it’, you understand why you have completed this piece of research and what you have learnt from it.

Welcome to Media Studies

Welcome to Media Studies and welcome to the departmental blog.

Here is an outline of the course that you’re going to be following over the next two years.

You should be familiar with this document and how your understanding and skills are going to be assessed.

Whilst the course is linear, we are not following the course in a totally linear fashion, from Component 1-4 in order. Rather, we will be doing more coursework during year 1 and then more of the examined components in year two.

We’re really pleased to meet you and are looking forward to seeing what you can achieve.