Monday, 22 November 2010

The first Look

This is the design layout for my newspaper, it is based upon a combination look of The Evening Chronicle and The Sun. It is the fist basic idea with my Newspapers name, this will not necessarily be everything however it is my template.

The main article is going to be a robbery in newcastle, combined with a celebrity scandal for the one page article and a sports/football news story for the back page.

There will of course be advertisements on them and the front page as seen here will have one in the right hand corner.

I am also a main character and in two scenes of Rachel Burns and Natasha Rutherford's short film

Monday, 15 November 2010

An In-Depth look at the newspapers
This is a review of this chronicle and how it is the design basis for my newspaper.

This is the front page of the Chronicle which i have loosely based my design on, i will be posting my first designs shortly and show all the difference as it changes. The front page has the unmistakable big blue heading 'Chronicle' with Evening in black italics just above it, in order for the name to be shown off without Evening getting in the way or take up any unnecessary room.
The is the large Bold Black main story title in the exact middle of the page giving it influence and purpose with the small picture at the right of it, this is due to the headline having more grab then the picture. The amazing side story of the baby born on all 10's, 10.10 am at 10/10/10, this is a large side story not often used but its significance with the strangeness of it allows it to be placed here. Finally there are the advertisements where a large bulk of the papers money comes from at the top and bottom with their page numbers and/or numbers/emails.

This is the back page, where all the sport is usually at. I am going to be doing a football story so this area is good for me. It is different as it is like the front page but in reverse, all major stories and where to find/finish them off are. For example the story here 'Hughton ponders future of Xisco' has the start of the story but at the bottom suggests which page to go to from here. It even changes its name saying 'Chronicle Sport', however the conventions of this paper are keeping the first word, in this case Chronicle, in Italics and black but not bold, and the second one, Sport, in Bold Blue.
The main picture is usually on the top, with a page to direct people to for the story, with the start of their main Sport article at the bottom half, they have went with the pub of 'United Boss Sol-Searching' it is in Bold Black with a small pictures of the player in the corner. All pages in this paper are layed out into specific sectioned areas so that they do not move over into one another.

On the following sections we have three different pages each filled with their own stories and headlines. On this particular one we see the main middle story is 'Gazza Arrested behind wheel', they use the term 'Gazza' for his name as this is a local Paper and those around the area call him by his nickname rather then his full name. There is a large picture of him situated just below the headline and almost in the exact middle of the page. The obvious side stories such as the 'Face of a street thief'. Another convention is the Chronicle section on the left of the page, this includes the uses of new technologies not just the post, is shows their email and how you can text in order to help get news as it comes in, there website and what you can read when you do log on.
In this picture of 'Gazza' you see the picture is used to really show of him, the officers are in the foreground but still shown off however with Gazza to the left and at the front of them really secludes him from them and everyone.

This page involves the strange story of baby Jessica who is born at 10:10am on the 10/10/10. Papers always use puns in their headlines and story names, this is no different, they use '10 out of 10!' a good name to really attract the reader in, the obvious bold and black that is seen throughout. They place a picture of her at the top of the page on a floor surrounded by 10's, this is to show the strangeness of her birth and to again put forward the significance of the 10's. They however use again the same picture from the front page is on the bottom left of this page, something that doesn't often happen and only does if they believe it is the best one that they could ever use or if the pictures fits in perfectly to both pages, it shows her and her mother, both perfectly framed taking up most the room and neither is really centered to show they are both significant here. And again we see adverts, this time in the bottom right of the page, however taking up a lot more room then usual.

This is the final page that i have scanned and looked at very closely. It has two main stories on it, most distinguished and showded in the terms of picture is the 'Cubs taste success' however the main one too attract the reader through the conventional black bold headline is the 'Arsonists tried to kill neighbour over Dirty look', this one is obviously trying to draw in readers who want to see the hard hitting story but start of with something soft and a 'soft' picture if the young 'Cub' eating the sandwhich. This use of pictures and headlines allows for a variation in story to really get the reader more into the paper and be pushed to read more without a sudden shock but steady build up and light hearted stories combined with the hard hitting and shocking stories.

All stories are layed out in the same format, selctive sections for each bit, for instance the headline is in its own blocked areas, so are the pictures and the text, it is all formatted to fit into specific blocks, so as to be easy to make/edit and easier for the readers to get through and read without getting lost.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Analysing the papers
I have not only looked at the papers themselves but at the websites that they have, such as, when you compare this with one of the papers such as the Independent or even the paper of the website The Evening Chronicle there are many good and bad features in both.

When we look closely at the website we see the differences as well as similarities. For one the Website does not have much more in the way of stories, however it does show all the stories including if you search ones from the weeks before.
Its layout is easier to find then in the paper's and at the bottom their is the 'Breaking News' which brings the news as its coming, allowing you to be up to date while your on. The conventions of a Newspaper is the small print writing, however this is hard for some people to read, when online you can alter the size of the page and the writing making it easier for those with reading difficulties.

The problems now though is many of these Newspaper websites are making people pay for the content, the easiness and cost effectiveness of the online paper is starting to disappear. For many the newspaper is an 'on the go thing' it provides something to read when you are on the train/bus or while at home with nothing to do, the Internet is not always accessed by everyone, there are still many without it.

Overall looks

In the end the Bold and outstanding headlines that really draw you in are only in the papers, the online news is not as hard and aggressive or emotional as the newspapers. The conventions of the Newspaper are its bold headlines, the way it is set out, the large and often unnecessary pictures, all have tried to be moved online, with minimal success. Often found are that the way the stories are wrote is different in the paper then online eventhough overall the story is exactly the same.
Newspapers also differ in their offers, often the paper will give something away free with it, along with other offers inside such as quizes to win prizes, wheras online this gift is not there, the offers are but these are often not worth it or lack any real influence for people to want to enter them.
Other Papers
There are many Newspapers, these include theNewcastle and sunderland Echo, these websites are less kept up to date with colour and looks, inorder to not drive their readers away from the real touch on the paper