Friday, 4 February 2011

Developing stages of newspaper

Slideshow for photos used in newspaper

This is a slideshow of the photos in which I have taken to go with my article about the schools Rugby cup run, all these photos have been taken by myself and this provides the reader with better quality photos and more of a insight into the article, for the photos come from first hand photography, only a selected few will be used in the paper for not all photos meet the quality needed to best represent the story.
This is represented in a slideshow for it is clear to the audience and can be viewed as many times as possible, rather then just looking at them in a row which may come across as boring.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Story Selection

I have researched into 10 different potential stories that could be used in my newspaper, I have analysed the stories to see the suitability of them in the newspaper and how they would appeal to the intended audience I have chosen for the newspaper.

The "Softer article", I am going to write up and produce an article about my schools up and coming Rugby Vase Cup game, they have been recently very successful in the cup, and this will be easier to gain quotes and photos for.

The "Hard article" is "Goldberg walks over Bromley’s ‘ongoing conflict".
This is of the amid accusations of in-fighting within the club, this will appeal to the reader for it is sport orientated to begin with, but the story also offers that added spice as training ground and pre match fights have been said to of occured. This is going to appeal to the younger reader for it is about there local team but it indicates that their is more that meets the eye with this story and this will get the younger reader wanting to read the next article to have a update on the current team situation.
I will be able to also gain some photos aswell, for it is local and easy to access within the area, this will assist me in making the article look professional and detailed.

Another story I have chosen to be in my newspaper is "Lewisham texts local youths of stop and searches"
This is about the local youths of that area being notified via Blackberry that their will be routine stop and searches to avoid potential crimes within the area. This story will appeal to my audience for younger readers may well go through this area regarly and may want to know information on what this stop and search entails and if it effects them.
This may well also interest the younger readers to wanting to know why this is occuring?, and they may well feel in Favour for this article or Against it, for the younger readers are always interested in the way they are represented in the real world at present.

Researching potential stories

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Research on local newspapers

This is research into other local newspapers and this enabled me to see how the newspapers are distributed, how they are owned, what the owners are like, and how they represented in the other areas of the country.

Metro London
• Launched - 16th March 1999
• Owner of paper – Daily Mail and General Trust, owning other newspapers such as metros, for Metro (Brighton), Metro (Cardiff, Swansea & Newport), Metro (East Midlands) , Metro (Liverpool), Metro (North East), Metro (North West), Metro (Scotland), Metro (West Country), Metro (West Midlands), Metro (Yorkshire), and including many other newspapers across the regions locally.
• Product type – Bulk Distribution, meaning they distributed in large amounts instead of smaller.
• Total distribution figure for newspaper - 762,541
• Registered under the ABC website since 1999.

The Bromley Times
• Owned by Archant Ltd • Joined ABC in 1986, but is no longer register under ABC now.
• Sector based in Kent.
• Former names - Bromley & District Express and Orpington & Chislehurst Express (Archant Ltd), Bromley & Orpington Leader (Archant Ltd)
• Distribution figures - 29,631 Total Average Net Circulation / Distribution per Issue.
• Product type is Regional Publication.
• Including the suburbs of Orpington, Chislehurst, Biggin Hill and Beckenham.
• It’s published by Kentish Times Newspapers, a branch of Archant London
• Editors of paper are based in Sidcup.

Bromley News shopper
• Owned by Newquest Media Group
• Editor Andrew Parkes
• Sector based in is Kent
• Former names - Bromley News Shopper Series (News Shopper Ltd)
• Product type is Regional publications.
• First Joined ABC in 1986
• Distribution Figures - 73,770 Total Average Net Circulation / Distribution Per Issue
• Still registered under ABC.

I have learned that the local newspaper industry is quite a well established part of society and contains many different types of papers to choose from, as shown from the few local ones selected above, it shows us that they are producing a large amount of papers to distribute, and that they have many different versions of the paper in different areas of the country, which will enhance the reputation of that paper, but this is mostly down to who infact owns that newspaper. This type of information is relevant to me, for it gives me an idea of what type of audience to focus on, location to be based in, distribution figures and techniques, etc. The paper that may be willing to publish my paper is mostly likely to be "The Bromley Times", for I am targeting the same local area it is, the paper itself is very conventional and is alike to mine for I chose to follow most conventions also. The only slight difference is the age range of target audience and that my paper "Bromley Now" is more a sport orientated paper.

Developing stages of newspaper

First initial Newspaper design

This is the first initial design which was produced on Indesign, the blocks which have been set out on the design were supported from my research made earlier in the project, from looking at papers such as Bromley times, metro, etc. These showed me conventions to follow and possible conventions which could be challenged. By this I mean the research gave me an idea of how to structure my paper, for example where to place - Masthead, plug, adverts, photos, articles etc.

So I placed blocks out to the measurements already taken earlier in research, by keeping to the measurements it makes the paper appear more professional and is always a good habit to develop when designing a newspaper. Having these blocks in place is a good indicated of where and how your paper is gunna appear when filled, so there is always room to improve and change certain areas if needed.

Mast Head

The colour scheme I chose to use relates to the audience I am aiming at which is teenagers and young adults, this scheme of colour will catch the eye of audience.
The name of the paper indicates that it will be focused on the local area news of bromley, and the Now! indicates that it is "recent up to date news".

Developing Stages to Masthead

This is the developing stage to producing my newspaper masthead, I tried various different types of how the masthead would appear. I had to consider what my audience would think when looking at the masthead?, would it catch their eye?, would it appeal to them? etc.
I began to dabble with some fonts, sizes and colours, after getting feedback from my target audience I was told to use a better colour then black, and change the layout of it (with the Now part) facing side on, this appeared better and more unique then just a straight layout title. After careful thought of colours I chose to use Green for the Bromley, and Blue for the Now, this was a good mix and appeared to work well with each other.
I then seeked advice and feedback from my target audience and they agreed that the colours were a good choice and should stay the same.

Sketches for main Newspaper

This is the main sketches of what my newspaper is going to look like when produced, this will be a base for me to focus on and will assist me in designing the newspaper on indesign. These sketches are alot more detailed then ones produced before for it is the final draft, and it will benefit me more to have a best copy to work upon when constructing the paper.

Measurements of newspapers

Newspaper Measurements

These measurements were taken from the "Metro newspaper", the reasons for using this paper is because we had already researched into other local newspaper such as "Bromley Times", and "Newshopper", so I felt it was good to look into another similar well known paper and take note of how they layout there items in term of measurements.
There was nothing I was truly surprize with in terms of measurements they all seemed very current and stuck to conventional measurements.
This gives me an idea of how big or small some sections of the paper have to be to be fit in, and how much room I may have to give between photos and text.

Front page
• Width of page – 29cm
• Left margin of page – 1cm
• Right margin of page – 1.3cm
• Top margin of page – 1.2cm
• Bottom margin of page – 0.9cm
• Gutter space between text – 0.5cm
• Main story picture – 16cm length by 15cm width
• Mast head – 18cm length by 5cm width
• Advert – 26.5cm length by 7cm width
• Plug for future articles – 5.5cm length by 5cm width
• Column of text – 10cm length by 5cm width

2nd page
• Whole page – 33.7cm length by 26.5cm width
• Gutter space between adverts – 0.5cm
• Weather – 20cm length by 11cm width
• Main advert – 23.8cm length by 14.7 width
• Contact us block – 8cm length by 15cm width
• Advert placed top right of page – 7.5cm by 10.6cm width
• Left margin of page – 1.3cm
• Bottom margin of page – 0.7cm
• Top margin of page – 1.7cm
• Right margin of page – 1.6cm