With spring underway across Europe, it’s all too tempting to talk of projects growing, collaborations blossoming and the Sourcefabric community blooming. That may all be true, but we want you to read on, so this latest news-round up comes without any further seasonal metaphors (mentions of tweeting don’t count).
Released today, Newscoop 3.5.2 addresses security and stability issues with over 60 bug fixes, including improvements to the dashboard (your customisable workspace just got faster), the article edit screen (cleaner, stabler WYSIWYG editing, previewing and image handling) and the blogs, interviews and polls plugins (plus a new plugin enabling reCAPTCHA in comments). There are a few changes behind the scenes too which deal with tightening security so upgrade is strongly recommended.
One great addition to the package is The Journalist, a brand-new template that builds on a classic Wordpress design and is aimed at journalists who have outgrown their blog. Clean and simple, it’s the perfect antidote to your overworked commercial blogging platform. Download Newscoop and The Journalist for free.
Launched in 2005, West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) promotes democratic and open societies. Ahead of an exciting new collaboration with Sourcefabric in Senegal, sourcefabric.org highlights a pioneering new project in Dakar, the political environment WADR works in, and our contribution in the form of open source technology, training and consultancy.
We’ve been working hard on the Newscoop Template Reference Guide for developers and will continue to add in new features and explanations this week. This reference guide is an ongoing effort and will always explain the latest additions to the templating engine.
If you haven’t checked out ‘Newscoop 3 for Journalists and Editors’ or ‘Airtime for Broadcasters’, our user guides for Sourcefabric’s open source tools recently, then you should. You’ll find everything you need to know about installation, set-up and getting started with them via our manuals page.
Interviews with potential new developers have been taking place this week (check out the job opportunities) as well exciting feature developments for our core products. Geolocation and a Wordpress import have been the focuses of the Newscoop team and the Airtime developers have been working on improving usability and implementing the much sought-after automatic recording feature.