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OCR G325 A2 Media Studies Section A 1b Music Magazine Essay Plan: Narrative

Rob Miller | Wednesday March 25, 2015

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, OCR A2, Key Concepts, Narrative, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Concepts, Hot Entries, Magazines, Music Press, Admin, Staffroom, Essay Plans

Analyse Narrative in one of your Coursework Productions

“I will be analysing the front page, contents page and double page spread of my music magazine which formed part of my Foundation Portfolio in Media. In class, we studied narrative in existing music magazines such as XXL, The Source, Kerrang!, Q, NME, Rock Sound and online magazines such as We Love Pop and Drowned in Sound. This enabled us to fully understand how narrative can be applied to our own productions?.


– Discuss Narrative Structure (the way the print text is put together), Narrative (in relation to genre – music magazines often have familiar narrative structures), Narrative Themes (e.g. empowering youth culture) and Narrative Theory but limit yourself as these can be all significantly in depth areas of study.

Narrative Structure

What is the narrative sequence of your music magazine? Study the contents page to determine if it follows familiar conventions e.g. features, interviews and a double page spread that is advertised on the front cover.

Remember with a contents page you have a natural guide to narrative structure.

  • Does the content of your magazine link to genre - in this essay it would be wholly relevant to link narrative to genre e.g. “my rock magazine runs stories about rebellious bands who promote a sexist, aggressive drinking and drugs culture, often stereotypically linked to the rock genre – this is why I chose Ozzy Osbourne to be on the front cover?.
  • With music magazines, think about the narrative content and how it attempts to involve the reader e.g. “my magazine promotes an interactive narrative by using a direct mode of address and masculine put downs to challenge the target audience?.
  • Proppian heroes and villains can be applied to music magazines with often a hero shot (as found on the homepage of a music website) on the front cover of a magazine e.g. band framed centrally in long shot but importantly, in low angle...

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