Because I have software for making my own pages, I started creating modern front pages using real national and world news stories and photos found online, and making up my own local stories, using personal photos for "local" pictures. (So, for example, the U-District Street Fair in Seattle becomes the SpringFest street fair in Flagston.
Lately I've been doing old-timey front pages for major news events, such as President Kennedy's assassination, funeral and burial; also the end of World War II. I also pick a random date, usually because I have a local paper (or papers from Seattle or Portland) in my collection that I saved from childhood or found at an antique store.
Below is the latest random page, from January 18, 1951; the big photo is of me on my second birthday, but I gave myself a fictional name; the mug shot of "Sparkston Richards" is actually of the principal of my real hometown high school, taken from the school's 1951 annual.
(CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE THE PAGE AT FULL NEWSPAPER SIZE IN A NEW WINDOW)
These projects are lots of fun, and I find the old-timey pages are nice history projects because I have to research to find original wire stories and photos online or in my personal collection of historical newspapers to make my pages authentic. It also give me a sense of what it was to live in those times before I was born (the WWII pages) and to be in the newsroom when these big stories were breaking news.
I also lay out the old-timey pages exactly as newspapers were designed back then.
I am now working on the April 28, 1952, front page of The Flagston Daily Times, what the morning papers were reporting on the day I was born.