News+ BuddyPress, trying to find the best of both worlds.

I'm trying to combine BuddyPress with a "newsy" theme such that not everything on the home page is just BP activity, but such that there are posts that are written more like news articles, while at the same time, permitting people to sign up to be a reporter on the front end which BP permits.

I know about BP Daily, I've used it, I don't really like the navigation menu, other things.

I don't know if I am looking for a theme, or a plugin. Just some way so that news is displayed on home page (not as one long blog feed, but laid out by sections with alternating 2, 3 column to make it look more like a newspaper) as well as posts,likes,reviews or other BP sorts of activity.