I was thinking about the NEAT-O thing and although its great for vile puns and cryptic clues, its less useful as a mechanism to come up with comedy articles that might end up on the front page.
So instead what about a THEME-OF-THE-WEEK?
For example, modern news stories written by the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, or Roman Empire tabloid news, or sports as reported by Obsessive-Compulsive News?
Just a thought. Ignore if you must.