We are now starting work on your folio. There are several parts to your folio that are submitted to the TQA.

A magazine
A front page of a newspaper
An A3 Ad
Log Sheets

Preparation includes researching magazines, newspapers and any other type of visual information that will help you with the style and the over all look of the magazine. The success of your work will depend on whether you can make your magazine or newspaper look original and suit the target audience.

For example, Franke has been a very successful magazine targeting the 18 to 35 demographic because of its visual design and content.

A magazine has its own style

Make you magazine stand out with an original colour scheme, typography, headings and advertisements. Ask yourself:

  • Who will read it?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What makes your magazine stand out

Stick to what interests you

  • Take screenshots of magazine covers and layouts.
  • Use a visual diary for inspiration
  • Compare magazines in newsagents and what attracts your eye. Note the different style, color and layout.

Scan in the layouts of magazines and then mock them up in InDesign.

This is not copying as such but being inspired by the layout and look of your favorite magazines.

  • Your magazine needs to be 12 A4 pages.
  • You will need a Front and back cover
  • Contents page.
  • Advertisements (you cannot use the same one as your A3 advertisement)
  • A feature article and several small articles or lots of small articles. You need to take all your own photography.

The magazine is due at the end of term 3

The magazines, A3 advertisment and newspaper article need to be over the school holidays and before you start your evaluations.

Evaluations will be written during the first two weeks of term 4

The remainder of the folio (evaluations and log sheets) to be submitted by 22nd October.

The folio is 50% of your mark with the exam completing your score.


Media Folio

In class we discussed the requirements of the media portfolio.  You can choose to make an interactive magazine or an interactive newspaper.  The folio can be of a subject of your choice but must contain the main article (feature article) and four hyperlinks. These links include a home page.

It is best to do the folio on something of interest to you. It could be a profile piece on music, sport, art, personalities, current issues in the news, fashion, reviews, photography or anything that you think is interesting. You must have a target audience to address, for example if it is for teenagers who play hockey or for people who are intersted in being in a band. It could be a promotional site about something that you do or have an interest in doing. You must have original text, graphics and photographs. You cannot copy and paste anything that you have read or seen.

Examples of top performing media works:
Media Magazine Covers

Evaluating News Stories

The two news articles that you have written (the practice news article) and the major news article will be submitted into your portfolio. To complete the task you must do an evaluation. This will accompany the written story. Please ask me for the handout.

For the remainder of the term and early into next term we will be working on our folios. We already have our news story and now we need to write the feature article. In your textbook please refer to chapter 17 pages 487 to to 493. These pages will help as a guide to writing a feature article. Your feature article will look something like the one on page 491 which is a double page spread.

The feature article will be 1500 words or 3 times the length of your news article. You may write more than this but you cannot write less.  The feature article can be anything of your choice and contain the following:

  • original images – you must use a camera and take photographs
  • original story
  • interview with quotes
  • Formatted in Indesign
  • Be targetted to a particular audience

You must keep a log sheet whilst you complete this folio. Log sheets can be found in earlier entries of this blog. You should also use a visual diary to brainstorm your ideas.

You will also include:

  • drafts of all your work
  • signs of editing
  • all interview material

The feature article, news article and a commercial will all be included in your folio. Also, all preparatory work, log sheets, evaluations and examples from your blog. This will form an interactive magazine.  The folio contributes to 50% of your overall mark.