Advantages Cheap, Easy To Read, Different, Regular
IPC Chats owner describes the magazine as:“IPC Connect’s best selling woman’s weekly magazine. It is irreverent, gritty and funny with an irresistible mix of real life stories; brain teasing puzzles with prizes, and a fascination with the psychic and spooky! The brilliance of its cover lines and the emotional rollercoaster created by its extraordinary true stories about ordinary people make it a unique thrill to be enjoyed every week. As the older sister to Pick Me Up, it set the high standards for this dream real life read Chat Ordinary people. Extraordinary stories. Every Thursday.”
The cover usually has a female model on the front – not usually a celebrity or anybody famous. Round the edges are eye catching titles of the stories inside the covers.
The Front Cover
Last weeks for example advertised “Disgusting Sick Acts Of My Scary Mum,” “Family Snap Revealed My Tot Had Cancer” and “Yuk! My Wayne Eats Worms”.Inside
Inside the front cover are the contact details for Chat HQ – here you will find the postal address/ email address and telephone number, useful if you are intending on submitting your very own true stories. There is also a note from the editor Gilly, each week she gives a brief update of her life in approximately 120 words. The contents are beneath Gilly’s note.I wont go into detail of all the features but the main headings are:
· More True Stories (paying £200 for each published story)· Hey Good Looking – Which covers Beauty & Fashion
· Feeling Fantastic – Health / Problem pages & Ask the doc· Psychic Stuff
· Weekly Faves – these include readers letters / Food /Travel / TV reviews
· Be In It To Win It – all the weekly competitions which allpay cash.
I counted 16 true feature stories in last week’s magazine – this is fairly standard. I like the stories and reading about real people but I have to advise that they are edited by the Chat Team – and whilst they read as though they come straight from the readers mouth, it is obvious that bits are added in for effect or it is written to make it more exciting, though I suppose this is the same with all these types of features.There are approximately 18 puzzles per week dotted throughout the magazine, with a coupon at the back of the magazine for you to fill in the answers and send off – prizes range from £50 to £1001. Can honestly say I have never won a penny but what’s the harm in trying.
The second aspect I like about Chat magazine is that it isn’t dominated by irrelevant adverts. I cannot stand buying a magazine and finding more adverts than readable content – it frustrates me.Chat though whilst featuring some adverts throughout does not put them on every other page, but does sometimes incorporate them into a feature, which is very clever but not too off putting.
|Quality of journalism|
|Quality of features|
|Value for money||Excellent|
|Quantity of advertising||Average|
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