Inside the Guardian’s CMS: meet Scribe, an extensible rich text editor. TinyMCE wasn’t extensible enough.
A horrid, crazy idea: a Git endpoint for the content in my WordPress install.
One step back to the problem I’m trying to solve. More and more, I enjoy writing in Markdown with iA Writer. “Publishing” whatever document I’ve written generally involves hitting the Preview button in iA Writer, and then copy and pasting text into WordPress. Yes, the same workflow I’ve been preaching against for years.
I wish I could have a Git checkout of content in WordPress, make edits locally using my editor of choosing, commit, and push back to master. I’m aware of Jeykll and the other hipster “content management systems”, however I’m still an old-school content in a database kind of guy.
How to manage a proper multi-author WordPress blog. Latest version of Edit Flow makes the list of recommended tools. Interestingly, at the top of the list is a team blog, P2 in fact, for authors and editors to discuss ideas, share links, etc. Now, if only that were embedded within the admin too…
Lead by the ever entrepreneurial Will Davis, the Bangor Daily News made a complete switch to WordPress.
It shouldn’t be, but I’ve been meaning to write about this for a week: the Bangor Daily News finally switched their entire publishing workflow operation to Google Docs and WordPress. According to his boss, here’s why:
As we lost staff to cutbacks over the years, assembling our content into finished products was taking a larger and larger percentage of our time. Simply processing press releases seemed to suck up significant portions of editors’ days. No one wanted to be in this situation, but our infrastructure for moving content demanded it. We were trapped.
As the newsroom has grown comfortable with Docs, it is becoming more efficient (links and headlines, for instance, travel from Docs to WordPress) and we are shifting staff members from production to content creation. We knew we had a winner in Docs when we had a major election story with two reporters in the field and an editor in the newsroom, all working simultaneously on the same breaking story, adding content, seeing in real time what each was adding, talking to each other through the chat function and responding with updated information. Fast, simple, low cost.
Lauren Rabaino interviewed Will for MediaBistro to get the full details on how it actually works:
- Reporters and editors compose all stories in Google Docs. Using labels and native commenting, the stories get sent through the editing process.
- When a story is ready to publish, it gets sent from Google Docs to WordPress with one click.
- In WordPress, editors can publish the story to the web, then set up a print headline and print subhead.
- The story then appears in InDesign, where print designers can lay out the print newspaper.
Matt Thompson, in a piece for Poynter about why content management systems matter to journalists, gets the last word:
We’re beginning to understand that a CMS — every CMS, open-source, enterprise, or otherwise — requires continual investment and development. No matter how small or large your organization is, your content management system has to develop to accommodate a digital news environment that changes dramatically from year to year.
Because it makes no sense to spend a month of training on a system that’s going to change in a year, we have to use content management interfaces that are beautiful enough for users to grasp intuitively.
And because we need to develop fast, we have to borrow tools and ideas from the world of open-source software to make our content management ecosystems better.
Finally we’re getting somewhere. Good investments pay dividends.
The challenge: Handling story pitches from dozens of contributors, and understanding where those pitches overlap with each other and existing coverage. If you could map information, you could build an interface for editors to see this in terms of spacial distance.
Edit Flow v0.6: Custom editorial metadata and the story budget. After a couple months of solid work, we’ve released a new version of Edit Flow. In addition to a variety of bug fixes and a rewritten calendar, the significant new features are:
- Editorial metadata – Completely customizable way to easily keep track of contact information, word count requirements, due date, etc. within the post.
- Story budget – Understand your upcoming content in the traditional story budget view. Even includes a print button and styles so it’s easy to take to that meeting.