Ed Zed Omega
This public media “authentic fiction” sought to crowdsource perspectives about education today. The Zed Omega teens, played by actors, “dropped out loud” from high school — catalyzing open discussion about the structures and purpose of traditional education and its alternatives. The arc of each Zed Omega character was unscripted: they responded to ideas that people presented. The collaborative thought experiment and “interactive documentary” was live on social media during fall semester 2012.
Editors and producers everywhere are trying to figure out ways in which to attract new, younger audiences to the work of journalists, and for ways to bring organic voices to the fore instead of relying on the same old Rolodex reliables. This production, helped along in part by Twin Cities Public Television, is not journalism in the traditional sense, but it’s filled with fresh voices.