A Sellout's Samizdat
The Open Source Publishing Workflow ⇢


Maine’s Bangor Daily News pimped out WordPress in order to create a single editorial workflow for online and print.

Via Media Bistro:

The Bangor Daily News announced this week that it completed its full transition to open source blogging software, WordPress. And get this: The workflow integrates seamlessly with InDesign, meaning the paper now has one content management system for both its web and print operations. And if you’re auspicious enough, you can do it too — he’s open-sourced all the code!

The newspaper’s reporters and editors initially write their articles in Google Docs and when ready to publish send it over to WordPress in a single click. Once in WordPress, it’s just a matter of categorizing and adding some additional metadata.

They then leveraged WordPress’ APIs to create an InDesign plugin that sucks content out of the CMS and into that program.

Click through to watch a short screencast, and check out the plugins they’ve open sourced so you can play with it to.


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    This might be interesting to explore for the Official Gazette.
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    Worth repeating: "The workflow integrates seamlessly with InDesign, meaning the paper now has one content management...
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About A Sellout's Samizdat

My journalism career sucked, and that ship's headed for the deep anyway, so I sold out. My corporate job is a joke by comparison, but it's fun in many ways to be a drone to capitalism. Here's my story of what it's like to be a sellout - published in modern-day Soviet samizdat style. If my boss knew, I'd get sent to Siberia. And while I'm at it, why not poke fun at the dumb behavior of my former tribe?

Ask me anything How Did You Sell Out With Style?