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Black & White & Re(a)d All Over? (Not a Penguin with Chicken Pox!)

Design Week is kicking my ass, just like every week. This assignment is entitled Newspaper Design (worth 3 stars.) The task?: Design a newspaper. Using word, photoshop, or whatever make a fictional newspaper, and put together the front page for today. You can use real articles or you can write your own, but the design of the newspaper should be original.

Well. I decided to create a paper that related back to my character Blair Morgan (since 6 of my stars HAVE to.) Basically, I posted her husband’s obituary. If you haven’t read my TV show plot on his death, you should. If you don’t want to, basically Blair and her kids planned to kill Charles (her husband/their father), but staged it as an accident. His obituary appears in the Leighton Lay-Down, since they live in Leighton, AL.

Here is my final product:

Leighton LayDown


I made this masterpiece on Word, with a pre-made Publishing Newsletter, which I ended up altering a bit to fit my tastes/needs. I picked a color palette, but I ended up not using it because I realized that newspapers are black and white…and read all over DUH. Anyway, if you are wondering who that strapping young man playing the part of Charles Arnold Sr is… that is my grampa. I decided to use his picture because I honestly would do anything to honor him. It’s been just over a month since his death, and it is still hard, but I know he’d want me to work him into assignments if I could. I wrote both the obituary, as well as the story about town square. Do you recognize the gazebo picture? YOU SHOULD. It has appeared as a staple in Stars Hollow, CT and Bluebell, AL. IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE REFERENCE THEN GET OFF OF MY POST AND GOOGLE IT.

I had a really good time with this assignment. It wasn’t too difficult, but it was still challenging. I was trying to be precise, as well as use relevant information of the time for the in this issue section. This post was fun to make, and I wouldn’t mind making more of these in the future. Relating it back to my character made it even more entertaining to make. I would definitely recommend this to other students who are struggling to relate posts back to their character. It is also really important for us to understand how newspapers work, because they are definitely a dying breed. While we have online blogs and newspaper websites, there is nothing really like the feel of a newspaper in your hands. You will definitely be hearing more about how Blair and her kids actually got away with murder.


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