Welcome to the power of the positive newspaper

5 Aug

We have a theory: FAU is growing so big so fast, there’s not enough room in the media to document it all. So every week starting this fall, Owl Times will spread the good news that happens on FAU’s campuses. But before then, you probably have questions. Let’s answer some of them…

FAU already has a newspaper – the University Press. Are you competition?

We’re not competing against the UP. We’re complementing it – and complimenting it. The UP does a wonderful job. But there’s more than enough news to go around. Advertising, too. Owl Times will accept no ads that the UP already has. In fact, we’re totally supported by advertisers that FAU’s Student Media department rejected. (Read more on that odd development in a future issue.)

What does the University Press think about Owl Times?

The UP editor-in-chief and managing editor understand our mission, because it’s not theirs. They lead a team of dedicated students who cover topics that interest them – which can range from investigations to concerts. Owl Times embraces all the good news the UP doesn’t have the staff or the space to handle. Read both publications and you’ll see what we mean.

What do you mean by “good news”?

With the award-winning UP, two Top 100 daily newspapers (Sun Sentinel and Palm Beach Post), and two alternative weeklies (New Times and City Link), there’s no shortage of watchdog journalism in our area. But what about the rest? Lots of admirable things happen here that get scant attention. That’s our mission and our passion.

This is all sorta strange, you know…

Yes, it is. But it’s going to be a win-win-win-win-win – for the UP and for all the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who care about FAU and crave more news about the school they love.

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10 Responses to “Welcome to the power of the positive newspaper”

  1. DanK August 9, 2010 at 2:19 am #

    Has anyone involved with this publication ever attempted to write these positive stories for the UP? If so, what was their response? If not, why not? Anyone who has studied simple rhetoric can see that whoever made this site has a disdain for the UP; I was curious as to the DETAILS why. In other words, what differentiates this blog from mere propaganda? What happens if when researching a positive story about FAU you discover something un-kosher? Will the story not run or will the unsavory facts be discarded?

    How will the comments be handled on this blog? For instance, if someone writes a comment that you feel is negative will you restrict their speech/comment?

    I am not making accusations, I am merely asking questions in an attempt to understand the mission/purpose of this blog and its existence.

    Thank you.

    • Owl Times August 9, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

      DanK,

      We respect your questions, our mission does sound a little strange at first.

      Our mission here is not to be the newspaper of record for FAU — the University Press does that — but to be the good-news PR vehicle that the administration has put pressure on the UP to be. We hope to alleviate some of that pressure and present the good news that the UP does not want to cover (or decides to cover more differently) in a sound, journalistic way.

      We can assure you we do not have disdain for the UP. In fact, anyone who knows our staff personally knows just how much they care about and support the UP, it’s staff and the students it serves.

      Here’s a link to the back story on our project. Hopefully this will answer some of your questions. http://ow.ly/2n30f

  2. Christina Gazzia August 9, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    LOVE THIS! Keep up the good work guys!

  3. Fonzie August 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    eyyyyyy (Best Fonzie Impression) I like this idea but there is 2 things that come to mind first when i try to understand how this is going to work in the long term.

    First is how can you be so sure that the future leaders of this publication dont take it in a different direction, like if in 10-20 years they decide its time to compete with the UP for stories and advertising for whatever reason. Right now the UP is funded by student money through student government so that leaves me to my next thought. what if SG decided they like the owl times more than the UP (or if admin pressures them to like it more) and cut the UP funding, move them off campus and bring in (and fund) the owl times.

    This is all possible especially if there ever 2 people in charge of each publication who dont necessarily see eye to eye (or that blatantly hate each other). The students are the winners in all of this because the inevitable competition will only breed better newspapers in the end, which is great but i know the people who started OwlTimes are formerly UP and love the UP. My feelings about the paper put aside, I think this very well could be the first nail in the coffin when it comes to the UP no longer being the school sponsored paper. By giving admin what they want your also giving SG another option for who they would rather spend A&S fees on, maybe not this year, maybe not even in 5 years but eventually they will get tired of spending money of something they dont want/like.

  4. Tim Brooks August 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    Wow very awesome! Very good idea and I think people will be happy to see something great come out of the whole UP vs FAU situation.

    Some ideas – want to see information that’s actually relevant to students. Where are the jobs, job fairs, what companies hiring….What about FAU alumn, how about do an interview, how about this guy that is FAU alumn and works at Xbox! http://www.linkedin.com/pub/stuart-hunter/14/70/3b3

    And the new medical degree, is it any good? What’s going on with that? Lots of topics people are interested in…Why not just combine this with the actual UP??? It’s all that it was missing

  5. DanK August 10, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    Your post is written in a tone that suggests that the UP has something against covering positive stories. This really confused me because I know who you are. Forgive my tone; sometimes I love playing Devil’s Advocate and get carried away.

  6. AlfredR August 12, 2010 at 2:19 am #

    Love the new paper. Keep up the great work you are doing! Even if the stated objective of the OT is not to “compete” with the UP, why would a little competition suddenly be such a bad thing?

  7. Saraa August 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    I find it very funny that less than 2 weeks ago-this former Advisor was writing a blog BASHING FAU and now has FAU pride? Call me crazy but that seems to be very fishy.
    Better yet-the former editor of the UP who use to write negative stories about FAU is now on this paper too? If you have passion about FAU you should have done so when you were involved-maybe you would still have your advisor job at fau and for the student you might not be working for a private christian organization and might be in the big girl world.

    • DanK August 19, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

      Your comment illustrates the point that some people will bitch no matter what you do.

  8. Shawn September 3, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    I think it’s a great tool! Competition makes us stronger, and in turn benefits the consumer. This is business 101. There are plenty of stories, ads, and news stories to go around.

    Also, administration DOES put a lot of pressure on the UP. Maybe this will alleviate some of that pressure. Support your colleagues!

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