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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Katrina B's picture

Easiest way to charge for individual stories in "Archive" workflow status?

Our newspaper is planning to go to a partial pay wall in a few months; one of the options we are considering is charging for archives.

Archived stories are defined as those that have the "Archive" workflow status assigned to them (we have a Rule set up that sends stories from Public status to Archive status after seven days).

At the moment, registered (authenticated, logged-in) users can read archived stories, and there is no cost for registration.

What would be the simplest way to charge per story for access to archived stories?

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JBI's picture

DrupalCon newspapers and media related proposed sessions + community websites

Today is the very last day to vote on session for the next DrupalCon in Copenhagen. I wanted to share what I did find and see if I miss any session related to Drupal use in media and publishing industries.

Two distributions aiming at media websites

Creating a generic platform for a national media company : showcase

US perspective :

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newswatch's picture

Creating section pages

I would like to know from others what they use or how they create section home pages.

I gather one of these three would be fine: Sections, Composite, Panels.

I would like to try out panels, but the documentation seems to be quite inadequate.



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ithacaindy's picture

Movie Listing Examples?

I'm looking for examples how drupal-run online news sites (not affiliated with a newspaper or broadcast) handle movie listings.

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therobyouknow's picture

Looking for Drupal training in London/SE England especially for building a newspaper site and/or conditional presentation of content depending on which page your on

I'm seriously considering investing in myself by buying some training, taking a few days off my job and going on a course for such things. I've done a bit of google searching but I thought I'd ask here for recommendations, durations, price guides/ranges.

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drupal-noida's picture

Dupal Developer / Lead Programmer - Noida / India | Lion Eye New Media Company

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We are an upcoming Web Media company based at Noida and manage two large Inter portals which are based at Drupal.

We are looking for an experienced Drupal developer and general PHP specialist to work on our CMS as well as new projects which are being launced. Our company is backed by Industry leeading professionals and has established brand name.

We are looking for expert Drupal programmers who have:

* Least 2 years experience working with Drupal
* Experience developing custom modules (if you maintain a Drupal module let us know!)

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Adam S's picture

Best way to implement 'markdown' rather than use WYSIWYG?

With a publishing workflow how does a person most securely get HTML markup (down? not sure) into text? It also has to be simple or at least easy explained for stupid people like myself to use. I wouldn't mind a WYSIWYG without all that hidden garble that comes when something is pasted out of Word.

EDIT: Maybe something that corrects my grammar too. Just kidding. I did once read an issues thread writing by Dries threatening to ban somebody for poor grammar that was posted in 2004. I wish I saved it because it is priceless.

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dellis's picture

Can services module be used to create a "Content API"?

I'm having trouble wrapping my head around services. I was hoping a post here might yield some fruit. I have an interest in creating a "Content API" for my site--so that other people could submit custom queries to my drupal db and have something like a JSON object returned to them with the resulting content in it.

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Tran's picture

OT: Looking for an open source CMS -- But not for the internet

I work for a small newspaper with 1.5 editorial staff members.
I once worked for a newspaper company that had a great Content Management System made by Baseview.

However, that system is far too expensive for what I am looking for.

Still. After using Open Publish (a drupal-based CMS) to build our website, I really want a Content Management System for our print content. Does anyone know of any open source content management systems that might work?

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ringerc's picture

Drupal for newspaper

Hi, I'm Craig Ringer from the POST Newspapers, a local newspaper in Perth, Western Australia.

I'm posting here to find out more about Drupal for internal CMS/workflow use, and to find out what others use for some of their other newspaper-related business software like class/pag.

As is frequently the case I'm the only techie in the newspaper, and close to the only computer literate person here. I'm an experienced Java and C++ programmer with experience working with PostgreSQL, but I'm on fresh ground with PHP for Drupal and am new to templated HTML+CSS CMS themeing etc. I'm currently working on writing a newspaper accounts/bookings system for my employer, and am investigating software options for other parts of the business.

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pkcho's picture

Somehow the entire page is affected by an <em> tag when a contributor saves a blog

For some reason, when a certain user contributes his blog content it somehow adds an <em> tag to other portions of the entire page (Nothing is supposed to be italicized –

I'm not sure how this happened. It might have initially been an issue with how I set the fckeditor up for contributors. But now that I've fixed it, I can't seem to keep it from happening.

When I attempt to edit the content, all the extraneous formatting has been cleared, but the formatting to the page still remains.

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morisy's picture

Fivestar ratings *almost* working through views (NE GiveCamp wrap up)

We're trying to implement a Q&A side for our news site, and got through 95%-ish of it this weekend at GiveCamp following this tutorial, but I'm running into problems getting the fivestar to save the rating properly ... I think I've messed up the relationship somehow but I can't figure what gives.

The site is live on our dev, and everything looks perfect except that if you click one of the rating options, you get the following:

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morisy's picture

Inserting a form or content creation into a page?


Spare Change News had me add on a feature where users can, anonymously if they want, answer a given question each week with their response. Comments would have been PERFECT, but they wanted a few extra fields so I created two new content types:

Burning Question: Just basically a title and a question

Community Response: A response that is tagged to a given questions and lets users input their vendor, hometown, and first name/last initial.

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ithacaindy's picture

Easy Image and Caption Inserts?

This has likely been discussed, but I'm looking for solutions to the following: grab an image (maybe field field sources), resize and align it (maybe img assist), give it a caption, then insert it into a story node. I've read many different ways to the point they've all become a blur - I guess I'm looking for some hands-on experienced words from the publishing trenches.

I've tried both ProsePoint and Open Publishing. Both have their good and bad points; I'm building an online publishing back-end from scratch, using the TMA theme without PP hooks and off-the-shelf Drupal modules.

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ithacaindy's picture

ProsePoint: Replacing Main Menu in Nav?

I plan using SimpleMenus to replace the default primary menu in the navbar. I installed SimpleMenus (working fine), but the old menu bar remains. What file do I edit to remove the old main menu? Thanks in advance.

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Katrina B's picture

Automotive module needed

I'm looking for a way to provide the car dealers in our area a way to advertise their cars online ... without trying to build something myself in CCK (as I'm a graphic designer, not a programmer, coder, or developer). Any suggestions?

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noozguy1's picture

News site needs way to update published stories (without losing original URL?)

For background, we are a fairly large publisher driving Drupal 6 with Vjoon K4 publishing platform tied to InDesign/InCopy. So...

We publish a breaking news story to Web: "Two die in Union Square apartment fire"

The story is indexed by search engines and traffic starts coming.

But then, reporter says he has updated news story: "Ten die in Union Square hotel arson fire"

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tonymaroni's picture

Newspaper Theme ? How to build it ?

Hi all,

well i´m really new to drupal since 4 weeks i´m learning. The reason why I want to use drupal is to create an newspaper site.

Well the newspaper sit should have the look and feel of a really newspaper.

My problem is, I want to create a theme or want to find some...who can help to create it or give me a link to a theme ?

Hope to your help

regards from germany


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pkcho's picture

Can someone explain what the anonymous/authenticated numbers are tracking exactly in the Administration Menu?

I have the Administration menu installed on my site and have been comparing the numbers shown for the "anonymous/authenticated" users on the menu bar to the Google Analytics numbers, and they don't match up.

Sometimes, the Administration Menu shows that there are 300+ anonymous users on the site, and that is completely different from Google, which shows a much lower number over the course of the day. I wish those numbers were true, but I tend to believe Google's at this point.

Can someone explain what those numbers are tracking?

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rkrajeshkumar87's picture

Best Installation Profile For news publication

I am a drupal developer for past one year.
My client have asked me to build a news publishing site. I am new to this domain, I have read many forums and found that there are some installation profiles for NEWS publications like openpublish , prosepoint etc,..
I am confused to choose the one, i read this main points of this group and they have listed all the modules, i can build with that, the problem i have is that it needs to be build in a weeks time, so i cant do by that way, i must go for prebuild system.

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