Arc, The Washington Post’s publishing software, continues its slow march towards becoming the go-to content management system for news organizations, from modest alt-weeklies to multi-paper chains. This week, the Philadelphia Media Network announced that it would be moving to Arc for all of Philly.com’s publishing needs, working directly with the Post team to test new Arc tools and features throughout the year-long transition process. The nonprofit Lenfest Institute, which owns PMN, will document the process in a series of white papers for the other metro news organizations participating in the Knight-Lenfest Newsroom Initiative, laying out details on why it chose to adopt Arc in the first place and how the transition worked, intended to guide other publishers that are considering a new CMS for their digital operations. “Our transition from the system we use now to Arc coincides, and times, well with our current newsroom transformation Continue reading "Here’s how Arc’s cautious quest to become the go-to publishing system for news organizations is going"
The turmoil at The Los Angeles Times is the latest setback for Los Angeles, a region that has long suffered from a lack of civic institutions.
This is a story all of us hope has a happy ending. But even its authors only have so much control. Two summers ago, a group of four investors bought the largest paper serving the westernmost part of Massachusetts, the Berkshire Eagle, as well as a collection of Vermont papers, the Bennington Banner, the Brattleboro Reformer, and the Manchester Journal. Newly rid of Digital First Media and its cost-cutting ways, and now owned by people with real ties to the county, the Eagle newsroom was reinvigorated. The new owners laid out a guiding strategy — if you build it up, they will come back — and promised to stay in the business of local news for the long haul. Producing better, local-focused news, and more of it, they surmised, would be the straightest path to bringing back subscribers, raising more revenue — more to invest in digital Continue reading "Local owners bought this newspaper back from a cost-cutting national chain. Next step: Bringing back the readers"