Magazine layout Ideas

For my interview write up I will convert my interview into a magazine spread. As a concept it will be placed in an LGBT+ magazine such as Attitude. I will design it with bold colours and statement photos, to make the magazine pop.

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I like the concept of this layout because of the boldness and how the words and images stand out. The big black and red writing instantly grabs the attention of the reader and paired with the statement photograph it makes the article really eye catching and intriguing to read, so more people are likely to be interested in reading the article which I will apply to my own magazine design. Red and black are statement colour which draws attention and makes the magazine pop, and the model in the photograph is facing the title which emphasises the importance and relevance of the article.

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In this article I like the contrast of a bold black heading and the peaceful colours of green and pink. They compliment each other well which I will reflect in my magazine through the contrast of black and bright colours. I also like layout through the bordering function of the photograph at the bottom because it adds interest and colour but it also frames the article nicely. I can apply this in my article by using borders to create neatness and aesthetic organisation which makes it more appealing to look at. I also like that the article sticks to three main colours – green, black and pink – it simplifies the article in an effective way and it’s not too busy. The colours are calming which reflects the gardening theme which I can reflect in my article through relating my colour choices to my theme such as rainbow colours.

Layout Sketch:

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My concept idea for my layout design is for the title to be at the top, which will be my interviewee’s names in bold – Mat and Jon. Underneath it I will give a short introduction into who they are, and hype the reader up to read the article by making it seem exciting. On the opposite side I will feature a photograph of Mat and Jon to compliment and highlight the topic of the article and to make the article more visually appealing. Underneath all of this I will include my interview in chronological columns. This is a simple layout but it makes it easier and less complex for the reader to read through rather than it being complicated and difficult to read.

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My magazine interview was very lengthy so I will have to continue my article onto another double page spread. To do this I will keep the same design theme of colour and simplicity as I did on the previous two pages. I will include a photo on the top left corner and a smaller one on the right bottom corner, and the interview will continue in chronological order so that it will be easy to read.

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Interview Write Up

  1. How are you doing today?

“I’m pretty good yeah. I always struggle a bit after a holiday to get back into things but yes I’m very good thank you.”

  1.  What is your favourite colour and why?

My favourite colour is a deep, dark turquoise, and I like it because it’s very gender neutral. You know when you look at a colour and it makes you feel warm and cosy? That’s how I feel when I look at the colour turquoise.

  1.  What has been your favourite Proud2Be project so far?

I think probably our craft days. We run them every month and it’s nice because they’re really chilled out and very therapeutic. Making beads, colouring things in, making something…it’s very calming for me, so on a personal level I find it really calming and nice. I think it’s also a really nice atmosphere, especially for Totnes pride where we make banners and it feels like we’re building towards something which is exciting. I love everything we do, but that’s very special to me.

  1. What has been your most successful Proud2Be project so far?

Ooh well it’s something we haven’t actually done yet, but we’re campaigning to have the first permanent rainbow crossing in Totnes, which would be Europe’s first! I’d say it’s already been a success because people are talking about it more than any other project we’ve been involved in. People have different opinions on whether it should be there or not, and it creates discussion. I guess it’s weird to be proud of something that hasn’t been done yet, but I think it’s really doing its job!

  1. How old were you when you found out you were part of the LGBT community?

Oh gosh, how old was I? For me it wasn’t really a definite time. There wasn’t really an exact time where I was like, “I’m gay!” it was more a number of realisations. I was very young, and there was this popstar called Chesney Hawkes. I knew that I fancied him even though the words weren’t there, and the other boys in my class fancied other pop stars that I didn’t have an interest in. I also had a crush on the Incredible Hulk! Slowly but surely I found out what the term gay meant, and it was like a timeline of events. It was a process of my own experiences and accepting that part of me.

  1. Have you got any upcoming Proud2Be projects you can tell us about?

It’s something we’re looking at doing, but we’re really interested in bringing young people together to share stories. The thing is, what we’ve learnt over the past few years is that there are miscommunication between the lives of older LGBT people and younger LGBT people, there’s a lot of assumptions. People say it’s really easy for young LGBT people these days as opposed to the older generation. We hear that a lot and actually that’s not the reality. It’s a misconception and to have a space where older and younger LGBT people can meet and share stories will be a good growing space. It’s not all flowers and roses for young LGBT people, which is a dangerous thing to assume, ya know?

  1. How do you feel about LGBT portrayal in the media, such as in films and games?

I’m not sure about games as I’m not really a gamer, but I know that from my friends perspective it is apparently pretty poor. But, there are people who are now starting to create gender neutral characters, but that’s just my knowledge of gaming. In terms of television, I’d say it’s getting better, things are improving slowly. For trans people, I think we’re probably a bit behind, but there’s people working to improve that. There are some really good LGBT storylines and writing, For example recently I watched this show called Sense 8 which is really good. There’s a trans actor, and the writing is really good. I would say things are definitely improving.

  1. What has been your best achievement through Proud2Be so far?

This interview? Haha. I’d say I’m very proud of how inclusive Proud2Be is. It’s very friendly and welcoming, which is really important to me. We didn’t want it to be unwelcoming, we wanted to create a really friendly and loving group.

  1. Why did you decide to start the project Proud2Be?

Well, me and Mat we’re in San Francisco in 2010. We came back and we didn’t really have any money, so we didn’t really know where to go. We went back to our home town to stay at our mother’s. It was there we re-discovered how rural the area was and how far away from the rest of the LGBT community it was. It reminded us of what it was like growing up. We weren’t taught about these things at school, we didn’t have a lot of understanding of being LGBT growing up. We wanted to feel part of a really positive message because we were really done with hearing the negative. It was a challenge for us to sit in front of a laptop and say that we were proud to be gay. For us it was really difficult and confronting because we’d never really said it before. Things came together and we had a space to talk about it.

  1. What challenges does Proud2Be present?

It’s an important challenge for us to stay relevant. We don’t want to be stuck in what we felt was needed seven years ago. We have to move with how things are changing for the world and our community, we need to evolve and be open to change and new ideas, which is an exciting challenge. Keep it fresh!

  1. Have you ever conducted a project with a celebrity? If so how did it turn out?

The first campaign we did was called the Proud2Be campaign. We asked people to send in videos and to state who they were proud to be, like the video we did. One of the videos that was sent to us turned out be from Stephen Fry! It was amazing that we managed to reach that far. We used to wake up and see how many views on Youtube we’d got, and suddenly overnight through Stephen Fry we rocketed with recognition. It was amazing that someone could shine such a light on our project.

  1. I recently read that you’re going to set up a rainbow road in Totnes. Is there anything you can tell us about that?

It’s going to be rainbow? Haha. It’s looking more likely as we go along. The thing is with the rainbow crossing is that it isn’t behind closed doors. People have an issue sometimes with LGBT and prefer it when we come together behind closed doors rather than more openly. When we take our work out onto the street, such as pride, that’s where you see how people really feel about it. It’s easy to say things without being faced with it, but by putting a rainbow crossing in the middle of Totnes would be a really interesting way of seeing how people really feel about it. Totnes is known as being a very accepting and diverse place, so it would be exciting to put that to the test!

  1. When did you decide to start the project Proud2Be?

We decided to start the project around 6 years ago. We didn’t really know what we were going to do, we just thought it would be the Proud2Be video campaign. So we moved to Devon and it evolved into more ideas and campaigns, we didn’t know it would unfold this much. It was very exciting!

  1. What would you say a friend, family member or relative can do to make an LGBT person feel accepted or celebrated?

The first thing I would say is believe them. It can be really easy to say that young people don’t know how they’re feeling when they’re young or that it’s just a phase, but I think young people are actually more in touch with how they feel than they are credited for, because they haven’t had as much time to hide how they feel. So I’d say just simply trust them, and be open for those conversations. Be there, just be supportive and don’t feel like you have to handle this on your own if you struggle to. It doesn’t have to be depressing, make that person feel loved and supported! People need time and it’s important to recognise that, on both ends too.

  1. What have your experiences as an LGBT person taught you?

It taught me to acknowledge myself and the part of me that is LGBT. It wasn’t until I was older that I realised what it would be like if I accepted myself, instead of looking to other people for them to acknowledge and accept this part of me. A bit cheesy I know, but it’s true for me. I learnt through people accepting and not accepting me that it was more important that I accepted me, than other people accepted me. It’s still an ongoing journey and I’ve also learnt it’s important to recognise that we shouldn’t categorise people into LGBT and non LGBT. We need to happily share this bubble, it’s not a game of us and them.

  1. What would you say to someone struggling to be accepted to be as LGBT?

Reach out for support, whatever shape that takes…forums, groups, drop ins, social groups…anything that makes you feel accepted, and expose yourself to positive, affirming messages. Look for things that show you positiveness. If you can, if you feel safe to, be open with the people you trust the most about who you are and how you really feel. Gaining support in as many ways as you can is vital. Not everyone can do this so easily but working out and being aware of your surroundings, finding pockets of time where you can accept yourself is great. There’s nothing wrong or shameful about being part of the LGBT community.

Research Log for LGBT Interview

Purpose of interview article and Summary of your subject

The purpose of my interview is to gain a background and an insight into the LGBT+ community. I intend to understand Proud2Be, the functions and purposes of it and the effect it has on society. To understand how it has influenced peoples lives and what Proud2Be have done to achieve this. The events that the youth group has undergone and why they are relevant, and to understand how the youth group creates awareness and stability for the community.

My subject in summary are a youth group for young people who identify as ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, questioning, intersex &/or asexual+ (LGBTQIA+)’ and any other gender or sexual orientation category. The group aim to provide an environment ‘where all people are safe, free and proud to be themselves’ (official vision statement), a safe haven and place of respect for these people who may feel different and set aside from others.

When I’ve completed my interview I will take what they have said and turn it into a magazine article for a LGBT magazine to be graded and evaluated.

Research and identify your target audience and chosen magazine genre

My target audience is quite niche. Given that the purpose of the youth group is to accommodate for and uplift the LGBT+ community, it is quite clear that target audience is individuals who fit into the category of LGBT+.

From the text below we can see that part of their target audience is also friends and family members. These people may be individuals who are related to or friends with someone of the LGBT community, so they may engage with Proud2Be to support that person or to gain an understanding of how that person functions as someone who is LGBT+.

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From both pieces of text below, it is clear that the age demographic for my target audience is young people, from school age to college to young adults. It is a youth group so it is targeted at people at a younger age, who may be more likely to want to gain an understanding of why they feel the way they do as they be more likely to feel unsure. In addition to this, younger people may be more interested in LGBT sexual health as it may be new ground. In addition to this, we can see from this text that for colleges and schools they deliver workshops so that the college/school students and teachers gain a better understanding so this highlights the young people demographic.

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My magazine genre can fit into many genres that may have a section or a story based on LGBT, for example fashion magazines demonstrating LGBT fashion or teen magazines with agony aunt sections that may try and help young questioning teens. However, there is a genre aimed at just the LGBT community and there are hundreds around the world. This is the genre that my magazine will fall into. Some examples of existing LGBT magazines are Out, The Advocate and Attitude.

Issues or products interviewee is involved in

One event that Proud2Be are currently involved in is the rainbow crossing project in Totnes. The project aims to create a zebra crossing in Totnes that instead of being white, will be rainbow coloured to raise awareness and acceptance of the LGBT+ community. They did this temporarily in 2014 but this year they aim to make it permanent.

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The concept of the rainbow crossing explained

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This is the previous trial of 2014 to install the rainbow crossing. This year they intend to recreate it permanently.

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Here is some of the support and back up for the project. The more pledges, the more likely the project is to go ahead and succeed.

Previous activities of interviewee

One example of a previous activity by Proud2Be was Trans Awareness Week in 2016. They sent out some messages to the transgender community to spread awareness and uplift them.

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Here are some examples of messages sent out by the campaigners to the community.

Comments by others regarding interviewee

Regarding the interviewees and the youth group atmosphere, some of the comments on the website are:

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Story context research- facts and figures (Recording key facts and dates about topic)

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Source: Wikipedia – Demographics of sexual orientation

This table shows the percentage of sexual orientation demographics in the UK. As we can see from the data, 93.6 to 94.4% of people from a survey in the UK openly identify as heterosexual. 1.1% identify as gay or lesbian, 0.4 to 0.6% identify as bisexual, 0.3 to 0.4% as other and 3.8 to 4.5% did not respond. This shows the diversity of sexual orientations in the UK which makes Proud2Be a very important and significant part of the LGBT community. This data highlights that it is important to have groups like this so that people from all demographics can feel welcome in one way or another.

Research into the technical considerations of producing, setting up and recording the interviews

For my interview, the producing, setting up and recording is simple. The technical considerations are making sure that the dictaphone which records the audio of the inter view is in full working condition. I must consider checking it through to understand it’s functions and how it works; how to record and erase data, and how to play it back. I must ensure the dictaphone is charged with plenty of memory. In terms of setting up for my interview, I need to make sure myself the interviewer and my interviewee are comfortable and ready to start. I must check just before the interview that my equipment is still working, and have a notepad handy just in case. I must make sure that a picture is taken in order to achieve the brief requirements and all audio is recorded.

Information on the interviewees

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Source – the Proud2Be web page, under ‘About Us’ and ‘Our Founders’.

Research into interview questions used in similar print articles and textual analysis of print interview structures (reading previous interviews for your topic with annotation in the research log)

One example of a similar print article was an article on Planet London which is an LGBT community website and company, featuring in LGBT History Month magazine.  The interviewees, Naomi and Katie Bennett-Hall are the married couple who founded Planet London. The interview focuses on the company Planet London which they have achieved and the features and functions of it. The questions are structured like this:

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From this we can see that the questions asked are very open and allow for an extensive answer. Because the interviewer is asking for reasons and explanations, they need to ask open questions because that asks for a longer and more opinionated answer, rather than a closed questions which entails a shorter and less elaborated on answer. The questions are also straight to the point –  there is no humour in them and they don’t comment on the answer previously which some magazines do. This makes the article simpler to read.

Interview codes and conventions to be used

  • Short, closed questions – allow for simpler and more straight to the point answers.
  • Long, open questions – allow for more elaborate, detailed and well explained answers so it allows a more in depth interview and background.
  • Chronological  structure – I will place the questions on my print interview chronologically and in aligned format so that it is more formal and easily comprehensible.
  • Colourfulness and graphics – As I will use a chronological convention, I will balance this by using bright colour schemes and vector graphics in my print article. This allows for a more enjoyable read.
  • When I go to record my interview I will record it via dictaphone, which is a convention as audio based interviews are a common form of interview.
  • Who, what, why, when, and how  – these are types of questions typically asked in an interview, allowing for a full spectrum of answers. I will use these types to create a more diverse interview.
  • Introduction and summary/conclusion  –  I will use these to create a complete and wholesome interview with clarity of the subject. Without an introduction and summary, it can be confusing about why the interview is taking place and what it is about.

Interview Planning

Location, times and dates of interviews

Location: The top office of the Mansion Building in Totnes on Fore Street.

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Date: 30th May 2017

Time: 2-3PM

Contact list

Tracey Turner:

Tracey.Turner@southdevon.ac.uk

Matt and Jon Price:

01803 864321

info@proud2be.co.uk

Equipment

  • Camera (phone function)
  • Dictaphone
  • Notepad
  • Pen

Production schedule

2PM: Arrive at interview location (The Mansion in Totnes, Fore Street)

2PM to 3PM: Conduct interview with interviewees – the time taken to complete the interview depends on how long each question takes to answer.

5th June: Arrive back to college. Type up my interview in magazine print form.

Treatment- purpose and target audience of the print interview, Appropriate setting and ambience, Recording methods

The purpose of my print interview is to write up my interview in magazine form, as if I worked for a print company who conducts interviews. It shows my skills in magazine editing as well as audio interviews so it makes up a package of creative media skill. The target audience of my magazine article would be people of the LGBT+ community and people who are curious about LGBT+. The setting and ambience would be a calm office where there is little disturbance, which makes the environment more comfortable. The ambience would be quiet which makes it easier for the interviewee to think about the questions. The recording method is a dictaphone which is a device that records only audio, and a notepad just in case the memory or battery of the dictaphone runs out.

Email confirmation of interviews with clients

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Interview Questions

  1. How are you doing today?
  2. What is your favourite colour and why?
  3. What has been your favourite Proud2Be project you have done so far?
  4. What has been the most successful Proud2Be project you’ve conducted so far?
  5. How old were you when you found out you were LGBT?
  6. Have you got any upcoming Proud2Be projects you can tell us about?
  7. How do you feel about LGBT portrayal in the media, such as in films and games?
  8. What has been your best achievement through Proud2Be yet?
  9. Why did you decide to start the project Proud2Be?
  10. What kind of challenges does Proud2Be present?
  11. Have you ever conducted a Proud2Be project with a celebrity? If so, how did this turn out?
  12. I recently read that you are going to set up a rainbow coloured crossing in Totnes. What can you tell us about that and how did this come to be?
  13. When did you decide to set up the Proud2Be project and what started it?
  14. What would you say a friend, relative or family member can do to make someone of the LGBT community feel accepted and/or celebrated?
  15. What have your experiences as someone part of the LGBT community taught you?
  16. What would you say to someone struggling to be accepted as LGBT?