Students launch new publication on campus

Ali White

The Burr, Fusion and all other campus publications better watch out — there’s a new cat in town.

Sometimes in life, people need to quit complaining about things they can’t control and start a revolution, said Pat Jarrett, junior photojournalism major and photo editor of FLTR.

FLTR, Kent State’s newest publication is available online and attempting to do just that, thanks to the hard work of some students.

“We wanted to write about issues affecting people our age and do something different from everyone else,” said Beth Rankin, editorial editor of FLTR and assistant webmaster for the Daily Kent Stater.

The Web-based magazine features three editorial stories and one photo essay, all directly or indirectly affecting students, instead of just smaller groups as many of the other publications focus on. The stories range from economic turmoil to the sanctity of marriage, from media responsibility to political apathy according to FLTR’s Web site,

“I feel that there is a lack of solid journalism and wanted to get involved with something that was honest,” said Damian Baeslack, junior theater major and co-visual editor of FLTR. “We can provide that with this publication.”

Rankin said they are hoping to release new editions once a semester and develop a template for the magazine to follow over the summer.

“We also want to implement an application system for new stories,” Rankin said. “We are also working on taping a TV show for the Web.”

FLTR celebrated its release with a launch party at the ECC, located in downtown Kent, Friday night. Evan “Evolution” Bailey DJed the event and said he was glad to participate.

“I wanted to get involved in what I feel is a very promising publication produced by some of the best students in the journalism program,” Bailey said.

We are just trying to bring a fresh perspective to the community of journalists, Jarrett said.

“I just thought we should quit complaining about how newspapers are not covering ‘real’ issues and go out and cover them ourselves,” he said. “It is important to be critical of what you do and keep it honest.”

Contact College of Communication and Information reporter Ali White at [email protected].