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This blog provides updates on development with College Media Network partnerships, College Publisher dev upgrades, and general college media related news.

Rusty Lewis

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CP5 Admin Desktop Widget

3/23/10 1:21 PM

We made a slight upgrade to the desktop of CP5.  As you login, you are prompted with a bunch of information on your site such as traffic rankings, your most popular stories and comments up for approval. We inserted a couple of help and resource links into a widget that appears on the right side of the desktop (see image). This widget will give you direct links to the most useful articles on the training and best practices pages on this site as well as announcements on new developments, events coming up and ways you can improve your site. We realize that the turnover in staff sometimes prevents the passage of knowledge on workflow and tips so we are inserting this into the admin to make sure everyone on staff who logs in gets the 411. We are always looking for feedback, contact us... 28 comments

Notable Websites Redesigns

3/17/10 12:30 PM

In the last couple months a few of our partners have made the transition to CP5 from CP4 and taken the opportunity to make significant upgrades in design. The DO staff and especially Meredith Galente EIC of the Daily Orange are excited about launching the new site before the Big East Tournament and March Madness. With the new system they can customize special sections for their coverage much easier than before. The Villanovan staff puts a focus on content first and have made their best efforts to feature in-depth local news to the Villanova student body.  They keep the operation simple and do all the little things right.  The result? A good clean looking site. Online Editor Scott Allison did a fantastic job... 26 comments

Sites to Watch as The Big Dance Kicks Off

3/17/10 12:20 PM

Many of CMN parnters have basketball teams with bids in the NCAA March Madness Tournament. Take a look at how the different sites cover the action: Lehigh Brown and White Northern Iowa Northern Iowan New Mexico State The roundup Maryland The Diamondback San Diego State The Daily Aztec Oklahome State Daily O' Collegian UTEP The Prospector Gonzaga The Bulletin Murray State The News Eastern Tennessee East Tennessean UT Austin Daily Texan Wisconsin Daily Cardinal West... 61 comments

CMA in NYC Wrap-up

3/17/10 10:28 AM

After a stormy weekend that severely disrupted many attendees’ travel to New York, the College Media Advisers’ Spring National College Media Convention went off without a hitch. About a thousand student journalists came for intense sessions, critiques and roundtable discussions on college media at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. College Media Network was there in full force as well. We had a great time meeting our partners and prospective partners during the trade show on Sunday and Monday, giving away free T-shirts as well as promoting our NYC photography challenge, A Thousand Words. The winner, Edson Bueno from UMass Boston, was chosen at our Monday evening partner reception at our Times Square offices. The partner reception was a great time to meet student... 25 comments

CMN Photo Contest Winner

3/16/10 3:41 PM

During the CMA spring convention, we ran a photo contest where the winner gets VIP tix to The Daily Show. The submissions were all great, high quality photos; the judging really came down to capturing the essence of NYC rather than measuring the quality and skill of the photography.  We had a hard time narrowing down the selections, but ultimately a decision was made: The winner is Edson Bueno of Mass Media at University of Massachusetts Boston. Edson is headed over to The Daily Show with our staff and some guests in just a few minutes.  We want to wish him congratulations and put his photo on display here. Congrats Edson!  ... 23 comments