I was given the task of creating a fictional character. I had to create a character profile of the person, in which every major detail about him was revealed including his interests, hobbies, features, right down to the level of detail consisting of the eye colour of the person. This was done in order to create an ‘imagei?? for the character that he could be associated with. I then wrote an interview with the character, which was set out in the style of a typical Radio Times interview. I then created a tabloid exposi?? that was set out in the form of a newspaper article.
The Radio Times article that I created was set out in the same way in which a typical interview in the magazine would appear. The article was set out with the header at the top with the information that the interview was with the character “Seth,” and revealed that he was considered ‘The Bad Boy of Rock,i?? the header also showed that the article was an interview and that it was apart of the Radio Times. These details appear in a typical Radio Times article to give the reader all the information that will appear in the article in a way that is easy to find and very accessible.
In the top-left hand corner of the page is a picture of the character “Seth,” to show the reader who the interview is being associated with in a way that is far more accessible than using words. The picture also gives the reader a brief idea of what sort of an article it is going to be as people commonly associate pictures with other images and develop their own ideas about the person. Below the image is a relatively short description containing information about what the interview consists, information about the interviewee and sets the scene for the interview.
Following the brief description, the interview begins. The questions being asked are in a bold font to make it easier to differentiate between questions and answers and makes the article far easier to read and improves the presentation of the piece. Some of the answers in the interview contained expletives; therefore the words were replaced with stars as the magazine is aimed at those of all ages and because of this should not contain any adult material or material that is deemed as inappropriate.
After the interview is complete, there is a small note thanking the interviewee for their participation in the interview, as is the standard for interviews in most magazines. At the foot the details of who the interview was conducted by are given. The layout of the page and style is typical of a Radio Times article and contains elements that are commonly seen in magazines. The tabloid exposi?? is set out in the outlay of a typical newspaper, in this case ‘The Timesi?? newspaper is used.
The newspaper begins with the title of the paper at the top of the page spread across one side to the other, as is seen on the newspaper. Almost directly below the header is the main articles header, which is normally in a large font that dominates most of the front page. The header is typically in a different font from the rest of the text and is far bolder than any other text on the page to make it stand out, as it is the particular article that wants to grab the readeri??s attention.
The article is normally what the editor considers to be the biggest selling article of the day and is normally the only article on the front page. Pictures associated with the article are spread across the page in varying positions, although they are normally grouped together. If the article is about a particular person, there is likely to be a picture of them on the front page as the biggest and most noticeable picture so they can be instantly associated with the text. This is shown in the exposi??, which I created, the main picture is of the person associated with the article.
There are also two other pictures on the page which link to the article, when the pictures of both the person and other pictures are shown on the front, they are meant for the viewer to associate them with each other, whether it is a good or bad article of the person or not, although the picture of the person the article is involved with used, often depends on what type of article is being written. For example, if a negative article about the person is being written, as is the case in the article that I wrote, the pictures shown are likely to be negative images of the offending character.
Although if a positive article is being written, positive images will surround the article. Positive articles generally do not cover the front pages of newspapers. Below the articles header and all the images is a small section of the written article which normally resumes on another page, little information is given on the front page as the papers do not want to reveal too much without the viewer buying the paper to find out more. This can be seen within the article that I created.
Beneath the first section of the article is a subsection of the front page that shows the contents of the paper as an enticement to get the viewer to buy the paper. This is how a typical tabloid newspaper is set out, the whole newspaper is designed to Simply sell more copies, and to do so must seem more attractive to purchase than any of its competitors. In my opinion, newspapers and magazines can drastically alter someonei??s perception of a particular person due to the influential ways in which newspaper and magazine articles are written.
People generally trust what they are reading and therefore accept what is written as the truth, because of this newspapers and magazines can be very influential and affect people for either good or bad. A negative article about a person can affect the reader so that they dismiss the person, whom the article is written about, as the way the article wants the reader to think. However, it is known that newspapers contain many rumours and articles which may or not be true, the public are aware of this and therefore are a little more weary of what they read, rather than what they see on television in the news.