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Published: Sunday, 3/30/2014 - Updated: 4 months ago

Owens Community College revives its student newspaper, The Outlook

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Josh Widanka, left, editor of Owens digital paper, The Outlook, meets with this staff. Josh Widanka, left, editor of Owens digital paper, The Outlook, meets with this staff.
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After a year and a half hiatus, the Owens Outlook student newspaper is back with a whole new look.

A revamped OwensOutlook.com will be officially unveiled on Tuesday as a staff of eight and new advisor publish new content.

The Outlook is Owens Community College's student newspaper. Its offices are in room 156 of the Student Health and Activities Center at the Perrysburg Township campus.

The editor of digital paper, Josh Widanka, said the content as well as the look will be different than the past. He was on staff previously at The Outlook, which was printed as a newspaper.

"Before, we pretty much just ran wire stories, we completely went away from covering campus," he said. "Now, the paper will have student content that is pertinent to Owens."

That will include features, sports, photos, campus life, and polls on the Web site. A few of the topics Mr. Widanka is excited to explore include moving to a tobacco-free campus and what students think of the food served on campus.

Although the staff is focused on producing content online, Mr. Widanka said the goal is to have the print edition back by mid-fall. The hope is to have the paper produced bi-weekly from August to April, he said.

The biggest different that has Mr. Widanka excited for the revamp?

"Now we have a staff of seven people [no longer just myself] completely dedicated to the paper," he said. "We have a staff willing to cover the campus."

The staff has been trained, he said, on the basics to reporting, photography, editing and others. Social media and ethics are two other sessions that the advisor Lori King put together. Ms. King is a photographer at The Blade and aphotojournalism teacher at Owens.

Katie Buzdor, an Owens student taking a double major in photography and culinary arts, is the paper's photo editor and will write stories. 

"I'm learning how to write a story," she said. "I've never really liked writing, but it has taught me different things I wouldn't learn from being behind a camera.

"It is cool to think something I wrote is not just going to a teacher, but being published."

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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