Florida Atlantic Student Journalists Create Newspaper Without Computers: ‘OMG WTF?’

Student journalists at Florida Atlantic University are in the midst of a grand experiment in good ol’-fashioned journalism.  Through some funding from The Society of Professional Journalists and under the direction of beloved-former-adviser-forever-guru Michael Koretzky, staffers at The University Press are putting out an issue sans Internet, computers or high-tech tools of any kind.

As one of their potential front-page headlines screams in bold, all caps, atop a photo of confused staffers staring at a typewriter: “OMG WTF?”

“The student reporters, editors, photographers, and designers have turned off the newsroom iMacs and stowed the digital cameras– and they’re publishing their final issue of the summer on machinery that’s older than they are,” Koretzky explains on his blog, journoterrorist.  “A few of them have even dressed the part.  Well, in their warped interpretation of ’70s and ’80s fashion.”

Why oh why are the students engaged in such a tech-deficient (and fashionably-questionable) journalistic pursuit?  Koretzky says it’s about letting students live a slice of the j-history that profs are always rattling on about; enabling them to get back to the basics without the distractions of gadgetry; and, simply, enjoy a good time.  In my opinion, the whole shebang is a wonderful idea.

Apparently, the students are still up in the air about the front page.  It’s down to two finalists.  See below.  My take: The OMG is LOL funny but vague– “Old News” is stronger.  Yet, the staff-gathered-around-the-typewriter shot is iconic.  Mix and match.  Pair that photo with the “Old News” headline.  What do others think??

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5 Responses to “Florida Atlantic Student Journalists Create Newspaper Without Computers: ‘OMG WTF?’”
  1. Jim Urick says:

    LOVE the OMG page. Kind of what the newsroom would look like if all the old timers were resurrected to use digital.

  2. Joe Thoma says:

    GREAT use of B&W! Thank you.

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