At its best, a modern Content Management System allows writers and editors to collaborate, quickly get multimedia content online, and provide readers with compelling visual experiences. Unfortunately, most newsrooms—particularly legacy organizations that still create a printed daily—are held back by outdated technologies that obstruct newsroom workflows and don't easily support new forms of rich media. And the workflows within news organizations are often so intertwined with the CMS that it’s hard to distinguish the technology problems from the human communication problems.
“Beating the CMS blues: Designing the next generation of publishing tools” is a two-day event at the MIT Media Lab focused on taking a human-centered approach to designing the next generation of tools to create, publish, and share news content. We believe newsroom technologies should be a pleasure to use and support existing workflows, rather than getting in the way.
The event’s goals are as follows:
“Beating the CMS blues: Designing the next generation of publishing tools” is presented by the Knight Foundation, the Future of News Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, the Society for News Design, and TEN FWD.
"Beating the CMS Blues" will be held on the third floor of the MIT Media Lab.
When: 10am - 5pm on Tuesday July 12th & Wednesday July 13th, 2016.
Where: MIT Media Lab, Building E15-351. 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Hotel: Hyatt Regency, Cambridge. Discount room rate: $244 a night. Reservations *must* be made by June 20. Reservation website here.
Travel/housing scholarships available: Contact Matt Carroll.
This is an invitation-only event, bringing together a small group for two days of meaningful conversation, ideation, and prototyping. The first day will convene designers, developers, and publishers to discuss needs and challenges across the digital publishing space. The second day will be hands-on: participants will work in teams to prototype ideas for a modular, open-source CMS.
If you have any questions about logistics or accomodations, please contact Matt Carroll.