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Rusty Lewis

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March 2010

March Madness Tag for CMN.com

3/10/10 1:38 PM

Selection Sunday is March 13th and that means the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament is right around the corner. We all know it as March Madness because the economy losses something like $1bil in productivity as men, women and children huddle around TV’s and computers to check scores and update their brackets. College newspapers have some of the best coverage in the country of these games and www.collegemedianetwork.com is the platform to aggregate this content.  If you are unaware of this site, read this article. SO… Make sure you include the words “March Madness” (in that order) somewhere in your title or summary for any related content to the tournament.  If your staff does this, your content will bubble up in that specific page. ... 38 comments

CMA Sessions Not to Miss

3/9/10 12:41 PM

CMA in NYC is right across from our offices so our entire staff is able to be in attendance at the convention.  Various members of the CMN staff are hosting some sessions on different topics related to web best practices.  Mark these on your calendar: Successful Strategies for Web Publishing Sunday 2:30PM Lara and Mike Topics covered will range from SEO strategies in writing headlines for the web to managing breaking news online to changing the behavior on site of your readers to increase traffic. Tools to Incorporate on Your Site Sunday 3:30PM Dave and Lara The guys will point out the best third party apps, talk about how other marketing channels like Twitter can be utilized best and what Google applications are best fit for the college newspaper site. How to... 24 comments

CMN papers sweep web ACP award category

3/3/10 11:52 AM

Last week the Associated Collegiate Press held their annual spring convention.  In Phoenix, they announced the awards for various categories. Check out some of the results: www.studentpress.org We just wanted to congratulate some of our partners who swept the “Large School Web Site” category: First: Arizona Daily Wildcat, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz. Lance Madden, editor Mark Woodhams, adviser Second:  The State Hornet, Sacramento State Univ., Sacramento, Calif. Todd Wilson, editor Holly Heyser, adviser Third:   The Daily Aztec, San Diego State Univ., San Diego, Calif. Frankie Stahl, adviser  ... 31 comments

New code deployed on CP5

3/3/10 11:49 AM

CMN tech staff continue to work through our development queue of bug fixes and feature requests.  Often seemingly small support issues uncover a much larger problem that needs addressing; one such instance was an Internet Explorer conflict with our native video player. In addressing this issue, we had to upgrade that component of the CMS and that upgrade resulted in our ability to make videos sharable.  Users can now grab embed code of any video that your newspaper features on your site.  The default is set to enable this function.  The GUI in the admin now has a check box when uploading video that editors can check to block this sharing function.  This must be done on a video by video basis. Another quick fix we enabled is a file name validation for... 23 comments