Front Page Friday: Lompoc Record

It is that time of the week again. It is time to look at my favorite newspaper front page of the week.

As always, I culled through the front pages shown at and picked my favorite.

So here it is:

The Lompoc Record

The Lompoc Record of Lompoc, Calif., on Feb. 24, 2010.

Usually in this feature I talk about a front page or set of front pages I really liked. Today is different.

This front page, from Wednesday’s Lompoc Record of Lompoc, Calif., is bad.

The page is utterly boring. It is devoid of anything interesting for the eye to enjoy. The only piece of art in the entire layout is a large photo that isn’t very engaging. It is of two people watching a third person do something, and you can’t even tell what is being done.

Sure, the story that goes with the photo might be interesting, but the layout gives me no reason to read it.

This is the front page from The New York Time on Nov. 11, 1918, Armistice Day.

And the rest of front page is text. Just text!

Who does this? It looks like a front page from the early 1900’s.

The designers at The Record need to get a clue and produce something engaging.

At the very least, if they were only going to use one piece of art in the entire layout, they could have used a better photo.

In the future, I hope The Record does a better job because it isn’t good when a front page jumps out of the Newseum display because it is so gray in a sea of colorful and image heavy layouts.

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Todd R. Vogts, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), the Journalism Education Association (JEA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), among others. He earned his Master Journalism Educator (MJE) certification from JEA in 2022. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at or via his website at