Newspapers on Drupal

This is a place for people working at newspapers running on - or planning to run on - Drupal to share ideas, problems and solutions.

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ithacaindy's picture

D7 Newspaper Base?

I'm looking to build (not from the ground-up, but with a solid framework) an online newspaper. Since D7 is right around the corner (at least the beta) I'd like to build it on the latest Drupal version. I first tried The Morning After dev and it just goes blank (I have the Zen dev, but don't see how to add the base theme to the D7 info file.) It'd be great to have a D7 zenophile, module, but that doesn't seem to exist.

What is a good D7 base to build a theme with the two sidebars on the right? Thanks.

yelvington's picture

Cleaning up after spammers

If you allow public registration for commenting and/or blogging, it won't be long before you discover spammers abusing your system.

Tools like Mollom help a lot, but they won't catch everything. You need to check your registrations at least every morning and clean up the mess. If you let it get out of control, your site will become a favorite for SEO spammers, many of whom are paid a piece rate for posting links on websites.

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phillipadsmith's picture

Free, open course for news-interested "hackers"

Mozilla, Hacks/Hackers, Medill School at Northwestern University, and The Media Consortium are collaborating to run a free online course for journalists and programmers on the Peer-to-peer University platform. This is an experimental six-week course exploring the ways that technology is changing news production and how professional journalists & programmers can work together to innovate around these changes. Here's the tentative course outline:

  • The fundamentals of journalism and coding
  • Project management
  • Edit it. Fork it. The art of collaboration and journalism
  • Big Ugly Datasets For Thumb-Fingered Journalists
  • Maps. Maps. Everywhere
  • Data journalism and government

You can read more here:

We are specifically looking for a few more programmers with an interest in learning more about journalism to join the course, as we're heavy on "hacks" and light on "hackers" at the moment. If you're interested, contact me directly here: and let me know a bit about yourself, your experience, what you might contribute to the course, and what time zone you're in.

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juan_g's picture

Drupal distributions for newspapers and magazines: OpenPublish, ProsePoint...

I'm collecting some info about distributions including Drupal and a selection of modules for newspapers and magazines. Examples are OpenPublish (project), ProsePoint, and the Innovation News installation profile.

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karenborchert's picture

OpenPublish Webinar: Thursday September 9

2010-09-09 01:00 - 02:00 America/New_York

Join us for a Free Webinar on OpenPublish – A Solution for the Publishing Industry

Online publishers, editors and producers will want to register for an upcoming Webinar: OpenPublish – A Solution for the Publishing Industry, which takes place on Thursday, September 9, 2010, from 1 - 2 pm ET.

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drines's picture

Export Drupal NewsML ?

We need to export content from one of our website at Le Figaro to different format. I found some useful modules (but no tested).

Do you know about them ?

I can't find any module in Drupal about NewsML :

I have seen that some projects are running but no one seems to be finished.

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Howard Owens's picture

Drupal Support | The Batavian

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Not accepting further applications at this time.

Adam S's picture

New York Times and the Semantic Web

This really is not much of a deceleration.

The New York Times now uses Open Graph as a doc type.

I can't imagine getting editors of an online newspaper to submit this much data as outlined in the New York Times Annotated Corpus Overview.

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salim's picture

Selling online content organized by issues

Hi there.

After posting on the support forum and on the Ubercart website, I beleive this is the right place to discuss my problem.

We are a magazine that comes out "hand made" in a PDF format. For the time being, we only deliver to subscribers by email.

I’m trying to develop our web site using Drupal and Ubercart. A part of our content is free and can be seen by anonymous users. The other part is not free.

We are organizing our online content by issues just like the way it’s done on the physical support: issue_1, issue_2 .. etc. For this we use taxonomy.

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pkcho's picture

Apparently some process ran on my site that caused our hosting server to crash???

I wanted to see if one of you hosting experts could offer your thoughts on something that happened this morning.

I received a call from my hosting provider saying that some process that ran on my site caused their server to crash. The site is currently not being hosted on a VPS, just a shared server (that may change later). I have no clue what that process could have been. I didn't even do much of anything on the site this morning... I edited a blog.

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chules's picture

Open Calais or Drupal Taxonomy

I am building a site around musical instruments such as Piano, Guitar, Drums, etc. Basically content will be written about the instrument and categorized by state. So the thought was to build the taxonomy with US sates under each state have all the musical instrument categories mention above. While daunting I think this was achievable. Now the requirements are to go down to the city level so end users can read and subscribe to say articles written about guitar in Phoenix, AZ. The city requirements take this to an entirely new level.

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JBI's picture

BrainStorming about how Drupal is able to "compete" with community product usable out of the box

2010-08-25 17:15 - 18:00 Europe/Copenhagen

Community products usable out of the box : How is Drupal able to "compete"?
BrainStorming session Monday 3:00 to 4:00 pm Copenhagen time, Register at

Drupal has now at least two community products usable out of the box. &
(Edit 20100822) targeting targets community media
+ facebook like feature

There is a need to see how those projects compare and are able to "compete" with non-Drupal products.

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blavish's picture

Best way to do a frontpage

We've been struggling getting our homepage correctly done. Unsure what needs to be there and what not as well as older posts vanish and the only to find them is through the archives.

Can anyone explain the best way or your way of doing your online news site's frontpage?

pkcho's picture

iso-8859-1 standard RSS feed...?

How do I make an RSS feed encode using iso-8859-1 standard instead of utf-8?

Also, does someone know how to place the [img src] attribute from the feed description into a separate tag/attribute?

I'm trying to prepare an RSS feed for an iPhone app and they need the RSS formatted this way.

Here is a link to a current feed:

Thank you very much.

oobie11's picture

Looking for some ideas on how to sort stories

Hi, I am in the process of making an online newspaper. What Im hoping to be able to do is have stories fed into my site from The Associated Press. Assuming I figure a way of how to do that I will need a way to properly display the stories. Currently (for my test stories) I use views to sort the articles by date posted in descending order. This will work to keep my content fresh and display the most current stories, but I want the "most important" most recent story to be at the top of the list.

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narsil351's picture

Breadcrumbs and News websites

Hi all,

We have a couple of sections on our newspaper website (the ordinary News, Sports, etc.), and I was wondering how to incorporate those with our breadcrumbs. I also wanted to ask how one should go about using breadcrumbs in a news website.



pkcho's picture

How do I create secondary stripped down node page of my content?

I need to create an RSS feed that links to my current articles but not to the current pages, but to a stripped down version of the same article (without all the blocks, ads, and other content).

The feed is going to be used for an iPhone app.

Is this possible?

Thank you,

jcisio's picture

New version of the Google Ad Manager module


I have to write this post to introduce the 2.x branch of Google Ad Manager module because it is very convenient and handy even for the complex case.

The old version of GAM (and its brother, OpenAds) create a block for each ads slot. It was practical, but only for small sites. When you have about a few dozens of ad slots, and you want to use those blocks in Panels, or you want to place different blocks in the same place (depend on in which section user is)... it is a nightmare.

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choloepus's picture

Best way to organize blogs on the newspaper site

What is the best way to organize blogs on the newspaper site?

Media companies being different beings have a different set of requrements:

  • multi-user blogs (many users can post to one blog, and no other blogs)
  • site-wide "web editors" that have ability to change any post on any blog

At the moment, it looks like Organic Groups is the only solution.

Have anybody done anything like that?

shambler's picture

Create magazine structure, articles organised by issue

Hi there

I'm trying to do something I thought was pretty simple - organise content by issue.

I've got as far as having node types of issue and article.

I've created taxonomy of issues and assigned articles to issues.

I could create a view by filtering article nodes for the issue number but then id have to create a new view everytime i created an issue which i guess isn't that efficient?

So how do i go about it? do i have to put something in a custom template?

I thought I might be able to find a tutorial on this but my googling skills have let me down!

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