Gauging the state of the ecosystem

Just a gentle reminder that the first ever CoPress survey is online and looking for respondents. We want input preferably from the online editors at student news organizations, although others are welcome to contribute if the online editor has not been hired yet. This first survey is to gauge the current state of the ecosystem. […]

Introducing CoPress

One of the rather positive outcomes of my case against College Publisher from a few weeks back has been the formation of a diverse group of people around a new project to provide an alternative: CoPress. A product of the sudden realization that many online editors across the country have many of the same opinions […]

The plot thickens

On my argument against College Publisher, and for an open source coalition of student newspapers, Brad Arendt of The Arbiter presents several good points about the advantages of using College Publisher. ┬áConsidering the time he took writing a well-detailed comment, I thought I would clarify on a several things I think he missed. First, I […]

One case against College Publisher

When you control the platform, you also control the content and innovation associated with it. In the school news industry,┬áCollege Publisher, now branded as the College Media Network, desperately needs a competitor. Owned by MTV, a subsidiary of Viacom, College Publisher provides a content management system now used by “550 going on 600” student newspapers […]

Under construction – The beginning of an era

(i.e. the era of me beginning to release WordPress themes) In what must be the simplest WP theme ever known to man, I present “Under Construction“. It doesn’t do blog posts or even static pages; it only does one thing and it does it well: tells visitors your real site won’t be up for another […]

The infamous dev site

One of the coolest things about WordPress is the ability to create themes. It makes the seemingly simple blogging software into a (somewhat) full fledged content management system; so much so that when I start a project for a new website I ask, “why not use WordPress?” Publishing new content in the form of posts […]

Components of an open-source organization: Part one

This is the first in what I hope to be a series of articles on applying the concept of “open-source” to a non-profit organization. A month or so ago, I was hit with the notion that the open-source movement might be applicable to systems beyond software. What I quickly realised, much like when I “invented” […]