He wanted to know if I was interested in discussion content management system options for college media. After my time as online managing editor at The Independent Florida Alligator, struggling with a CMS that liked to fight dirty, I’ve daydreamed of building a modular open-source system myself.
College Publisher is an inappropriate platform for student newspapers
but most newspapers don’t have the resources to custom roll their own
The Alligator uses TownNews, but the idea is the same.
- To create an easy to deploy, simple to use (open source?) content management system (CMS) with varying levels of sophistication that is specifically geared towards the student newspaper and local news market.
- To provide abundant knowledge resources to student newspapers interested in switching platforms that have minimal IT manpower.
Daniel is even submitting an application for the Knight News Challenge!
I’m really excited to work on this, even though I’m no longer a member of the college media sector. The two biggest problems with newspaper Web sites are site design and CMS limitations. Hacking a CMS should not be among the things we have to do to be innovative.