Student Grouping & Magazine Brainstorming
When groups are assigned, it is important to focus on tangible activities when trying to develop theme and initial ideas for magazine logos.
1. Look at student and professional magazines that share the same interests and information as your group. Focus on professional magazines if possible to assure that you're looking at the most accurate, polished content. Find out what has been done before, so you can put a new spin on a magazine in that same content area. Also, look at professional magazines within your interests. Good sites to start are magazine-directory.com for professional magazines, or a simple Google search. Student and amateur magazines can be found at magpile.com, magcloud.com and issuu.com.
2. Connect as a group. Share your email addresses with each other and start a norm of communicating ideas and saving any inspiration pieces using boards on Pinterest. Also, in Google Docs, create a group folder where all of your magazine's documents go, and include your teacher on the sharing list.
3. Start brainstorming. Assign a moderator. Create your first Google document. Call it Magazine Brainstorming. Save the document in your Group Folder. Then, create two sections: Target Audience and Coverage Ideas. Remember: All ideas must be included. Do not judge or eliminate ideas during a brainstorm.
a. Target Audience: The only thing defined for you regarding target audience is age. Your audience is mostly 14-20 years old. Now that you know the age, determine the other aspects of your ideal reader: What is the gender breakdown, if any? Where do they live? What do they do in their free time? What do they wear? How do they spend their money?
b. Coverage Ideas: Begin by listing your interests, group-wide. Include hobbies, pastimes, favorite activities and topics that every person in the group is interested in writing about. Every student needs to offer ideas for this section. Remember: each student needs to write and design one feature story and one ASF.