Conventions of alternative magazines

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Published on March 19, 2014

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Conventions -Alternative music magazine Emma Collins Year 12

Alternative music magazines were originally from the Rock genre, but today most include the indie/acoustic genre as well. Alternative magazines: • Q magazines • NME • Rolling Stone • Kerrang!


Front cover • Mastheads are bold, often in artistic fonts • Cover pages are ‘busy’ and feature a lot • A lot of colour is used across the magazine (Red, white, black and grey) • Skylines are used • Cover lines overlap the cover image • The cover image overlaps the masthead • Very bold text • Anchorage text • Issue information on the cover • Cover images have a direct mode of address (lady Gaga stares straight forwards)

Contents • The title is in the form of the masthead • Very busy layout including several pictures • A lot of colour is included • Captions and page numbers on all additional images • Split into “regular” and “feature” sections • Page numbers for every article, aligned with the title • Main image relates to the main article • Additional images relate to articles • A page number for the contents page • Follow the colour scheme created on the cover page (Red, white, black) • Smaller fonts used for article information than for the article titles • Column layout (Two columns) Q uses two pages for a contents page.

Double page spread • A clear article title (often the name of the act featured- Lady Gaga) • Page numbers • A single main image covering the most of one side of the page • 2-3 columns of text • Pull quotes • Follows the colour scheme used for cover and contents (Black,white,red) • Drop cap

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