Teachers: download this page of questions (or copy & paste) as a handout for students to consider as they choose a magazine cover for analysis and deconstruction.
– make a list of all of the images; how is the candidate represented; misrepresented?
– how is an appearance on a cover considered “free media”?
– who is the audience for each publication?
– who owns the periodical; does the owner have a political bias/viewpoint/perspective?
how would you know?
– is the cover complimentary to the candidate(s) or not?
– is it effective when the “cover line” is a question? Does it make you want to find the answer?
– how are font, color, composition, and layout used to appeal to readers?
– how do the words relate to the image and vice-versa?
– what does the candidate’s body language and/or expression reveal?
– why do some covers use photos while others use illustrations or photo/illustrations?
what’s the difference?
– if you were to recreate the cover, what would you do differently and why?
– who benefits from your purchase of a magazine/periodical?